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Gender: Female Origin of Holly: English nature name Holly's Popularity in 2017: #494

The name Holly is a girl's name of English origin. Holly is ranked #494 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Winter Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".

From the experts:

Holly ranks just in British Top 50, but it's been out of favor here since the 1970s Era of Nickname Names. Still, the name may be on her way back as a rejuvenated nature pick.

Jolly Holly has always been favored for girls born around Christmas, evoking the symbolic shrub with dark green leaves and bright red berries. And Holly is the flower for the month of December, so it's also among the perfect names for December babies.

A memorable fictional Holly is the enigmatic heroine of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly Golightly (almost named Connie, and with the full name Holiday), played indelibly by Audrey Hepburn. A real life one is actress Holly Hunter. Holly Short is a fairy character in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl novels. And in Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga, Holly and Jolly are siblings.

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Famous People Named Holly

Holly Marie Combs, American actress
Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete, American actress
Holly Hunter, American actress
Holly Frazier, American reality TV personality ("Dance Moms")
Holly Marie Willoughby, English TV presenter
Holly Walsh, English comedienne and writer
Holly Sue Madison, American reality TV star, model and ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner
Holly Victoria Hagan, English reality TV personality ("Geordie Shore")
Holly Rowe, American sportscaster
Holly Dunn, American country music singer
Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer
Holly Black, American novelist
Holly Anna Ramsay (b. 2000), daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay
Holly Woodlawn, American actress and Warhol Superstar

Pop Culture References for the name Holly

Holly Golightly, character in book/movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Holly Holiday, character on TV's "Glee"
"Holly Nather," novel by Sara Daniell and its main character
Holly Hills, character in the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series
Holly J Sinclair, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Holly Stewart, character on TV's 'Rookie Blue'
Holly Genero McClane, character in the Die Hard movie series
Holly Short, character from the Artemis Fowl series
Holly White, baby character on TV's "Breaking Bad"
Holly Herkimer, from the TV series "Shameless"
Holly Hamilton, main character from movie "The Perfect Man"
Princess Holly, from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Holly Tyler, character on TV series "What I Like About You"
Holly Marten, character on TV's 'Eureka'
Hollis Partridge "Holly" Flax, character on TV's "The Office"
Holly Kennedy, character in "P.S. I Love You"
Holly Alto, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Hollywood, California, USA
Holly Whyte, character in video game "Bravely Default"
Holly Wheeler, character in Stranger Things
Holly, girlfriend of Jackson Meyer in YA novel "Tempest"
Holly Hobbie, American writer and illustrator and the name of a fictional character based on her
Holly (sometimes spelled "Holy") Joestar Kujo, character in the manga/anime "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure"

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