Diminutive of Sarah

Sally Origin and Meaning

The name Sally is a girl's name meaning "princess".

Sally is a cheerful, fresh-faced girl-next-door name that was originally a nickname for Sarah, but has long been used independently. Sally was popular in the eighteenth century and then again from the 1920s to the 1960s--it was just outside the Top 50 around 1940. Though it hasn't been heard as a baby name for decades, we can see Sally bouncing back, especially after her exposure as young Ms. Draper on Mad Men--the Nameberries rank it at Number 621, and it's a Top 100 name in Sweden.

Sally has a ton of notable references--a few we can single out are astronaut Sally Ride, actress Sally Field, the Sally Bowles character in Cabaret, the movie When Harry Met Sally and songs like Long Tall Sally and Mustang Sally.

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Sally Rank in US Top 1000

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Sally Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Sally Popularity

Famous People Named Sally

  • Sally Margaret FieldAmerican actress
  • Sally Anne StruthersAmerican actress
  • Sally Cecilia HawkinsEnglish actress
  • Sarah Margaret "Sally" Roffey Jewell51st U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  • Sarah "Sally" Hemingsslave of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and mother to his children
  • Sally Claire KellermanAmerican actress
  • Sally Turner MannAmerican photographer
  • Sally Kristen Ridefirst American woman in space
  • Sally DynevorEnglish actress
  • Sally Anne BowmanEnglish model
  • Sally Jane MorganAustralian Aboriginal author and artist
  • Sally CarrigharAmerican naturalist and writer
  • Sally Alina Ingeborg SalminenFinnish author
  • Sally Chepyego KaptichKenyan long,distance runner
  • Sally Rand (born Helen Gould Beck)American burlesque dancer and actress
  • Sally JingChinese actress
  • Sally Caroline Quillian YatesDeputy Attorney General of the United States
  • Sally FitzgibbonsAustralian professional surfer
  • Sally BradshawRepublican political operative
  • Sally June Mulroney (b. 2009)daughter of American actor Dermot Mulroney
  • Sally James McDonaldSwenson (b. 2016), daughter of actors Audra McDonald and Will Swenson

Sally in Pop Culture

  • Sally Brownsister of Charlie Brown in the comic strip "Peanuts"
  • Sally Owensmain character in the Book and Film Practical Magic
  • Sallymain character in "Practice Makes Perfect" (2012)
  • Sallylittle sister of Dick and Jane in early readers
  • Sallycharacter in "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
  • Sally Albrightcharacter in the '80s hit "When Harry Met Sally..."
  • Sally Drapercharacter from TV's "Mad Men"
  • Sally Malikcharacter on the North American version of "Being Human"
  • Sallygirlfriend of Derek Venturi on Canadian show "Life with Derek"
  • Sally Freedmancharacter in "Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself" by Judy Blume
  • Sally Donovancharacter on the BBC television show "Sherlock"
  • Sally Sparrowcharacter in "Blink" of the BBC show "Doctor Who"
  • Sally Bowlesprotagonist of the musical "Cabaret"
  • Sally CarreraLightning McQueen's girlfriend in the "Cars" movies
  • Sally Webstercharacter on British soap "Coronation Street"
  • Sally Ryanfrom the movie "Patriot Games," played by Thora Birch
  • Sally Owensfrom "Practical Magic" played by Sandra Bullock
  • Sally Rosefrom the movie "Grudge Match" played by Kim Basinger
  • Sally JacksonPercy Jackson's mother in the "Percy Jackson" series
  • Sally Hopecharacter in Enid Blyton's "Malory Towers" series
  • Sally Solomoncharacter on the 90s TV show "3rd Rock from the Sun"
  • Sally Hardycharacter in "Sims" series
  • Sally Boylecharacter in "We Happy Few"
  • SallyAnne Perks, character in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
  • Sally Rayburncharacter on Netflix's "Bloodline," played by Sissy Spacek
  • Sallycharacter in film "Oblivion"
  • "Mustang Sally" song by Wilson Pickett
  • "Sally Cinnamon" the Stone Roses song
  • Sally AcachallaA character from the YouTube channel VenturianTale
  • Sally Stageplayfictional character in the 2017 video game "Cuphead"