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Gender: Female Meaning of Hilary: "cheerful, happy" Origin of Hilary: Latin from Greek

The name Hilary is a girl's name of Greek, Latin origin meaning "cheerful, happy". Hilary and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Happy and discussed in our forums with posts like "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Girls".

From the experts:

Hilary (also spelled with two 'l's) is a hot potato of a name, so closely identified with Sen. Clinton that it's hard for most parents to see it as a baby name. A pity, really, as it's got so much going for it: the popular, rhythmic three-syllable structure, the fact that it's strong but light, proper but jaunty, with an irresistible meaning -- having the same root as hilarious.

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Hilary's International Variations

Hilaire (French) Ilaria (Italian)

16 names similar to Hilary

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I'm a Banana Says:


A name that will start more political debates.

SouthernGirl Says:



TheNameWitch Says:


I disagree. I really like being named Hilary. The references to other famous Hilary's can be wearing but mostly I enjoy my name. I like that it isn't overused like names like Heather and Hayley and I think that that is because of Hillary Clinton. People shied away from it right as it would have peaked. So, to me, it still seems fresh. I don't meet too many other Hilary's and when I do they range in age from 4-50+!

indiefendi2 Says:


While everyone is dwelling on Hillary Clinton (Christ on a stick--she isn't Oprah!) I wish that nameberry would add the Irish variation Hiolair (pronounced healer) to the database. I think it's such an interesting international version of the name.

djshawman Says:


It WAS a good name until Hillary Clinton became famous.

Hilly87 Says:


I think the worst spelling I've seen of Hilary is Hillarye...people will miss pronounce it as Hil uh Rye as in the bread... Cuz that's how it looks and no one will ever be able to get the spelling right..I like creative names not impossibly stupid ones

Hilly87 Says:


My name is Hilary as well and I have the same problems with the double L's and people calling me Hillary Clinton and expecting me to think it's funny for the 1000th time but at least
you're not alone! I do like all the nick names you can make out of Hilary tho like Hilry, Hil Bill,Thrillary, Hil-uh-Ree, Hi Lary, Hilly, Hilaricious,'s endless! Does seems kinda childish since I'm 28 but it's more creative and memorable than just Hilary!

Hilary Says:


My name is Hilary and I hate it! Dont do it to your daughter! It will always be spelled wrong (with 2 L's) because of Hillary Clinton. Im 30 and sometimes I get asked if I was named after Hillary Clinton.... sorry my parents had no idea who she was in 1985.

Analia Says:


I kinda like this name, i think it would be refreshing to hear it on a little girl

Saffron_Rice Says:


The version Hilary is so much better than the surnamey double l version. I think the prettiest version of all is Hilarie and it's a shame it's been used so sparingly.

Alicia1 Says:


This is a name I couldnt stand when I was younger. Now I love it and especially this shortened version with one L.