Gender: Female Origin of Holly: English nature name Holly's Popularity in 2018: #509

Holly Origin and Meaning

The name Holly is a girl's name of English origin.

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 among the favorite names for Christmas babies, 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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Rank in US: #509

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Emma J Says:


Holly is a great name.
I know a girl called Holly and she's really nice.
The name feels quite christmassy to me and that's why I think it would be weird if she wasn't born in December.