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

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.

Famous People Named Hilary

Hilary Ann Swank, American actress
Hilary Erhard Duff, American singer and actress
Hilary Hollis Rhoda, American model
Hilary (Blake), American singer-songwriter
Hilary Jane Armstrong, British politician
Hilary Mary Mantel, English writer
Hilary Hahn, American violinist
Hilary du Pré, British flautist
Hilary Rosen, American communications consultant, Democratic pundit, and former registered lobbyist

Pop Culture References for the name Hilary

Hilary Banks, character on the TV show "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Hilary, character from the film "But I'm a Cheerleader"
Hilary Fay, Mandy Moore's character from the film "Saved"
Hilary Wentworth, character in the "St. Clare's" book series by Enid Blyton
Hilary "Larry" Friedman, character in movie "Blended"

Hilary's International Variations

Hilaire (French) Ilaria (Italian)