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Gender: F Origin of Polly: English variation of Molly

An alternative to the no-longer-fresh Molly, the initial 'P' gives Polly a peppier sound, combining the cozy virtues of an old-timey name with the bounce of a barmaid.

Associated with Tom Sawyer's aunt, 'Polly, put the kettle on,' parrots, Polly Peachum, Nirvana and Kinks songs, and the movie Along Came Polly, as well as characters in Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes, C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia and now on the Netflix show Orange is the New Black, Polly never achieved the comeback that her cousin did, perhaps because she sounds too Pollyanna-ish. But although she has been off the Social Security list for decades, Polly is Number 457 on Nameberry.

But we'd love to see some new baby Pollys.

Famous People Named Polly

Polly Jean "P.J." Harvey, British singer-songwriter
Pauline "Polly" Adams, English actress
Pearl "Polly" Adler, American madam and author
Polly Bemis, Chinese-American pioneer
Polly Bergen (born Nellie Paulina Burgin), American singer and actress
Polly Berry, American slave who sued for her freedom
Polly Bradfield, American violinist
Polly Borland, Australian photographer
Polly Brown, English singer
Polly Carey Draper, American actress
Polly Dunbar, English author and illustrator
Polly Durant, American cellist
Polly Dean Holliday, American actress
Polly Emery, British actress
Pauline Theresa "Polly" Moran, American actress and comedian
Mary Marr "Polly" Platt, American film producer
Polly Celine Eveline Matzinger, French immunologist
Polly Shannon, Canadian actress
Polly Hannah Klaas, American child murder victim
Polly Paulusma, English singer-songwriter
Polly Lucinda Maberly, English actress
Polly Scattergood, English singer-songwriter
Polly Stenham, English playwright
Mary Louisa "Polly" Toynbee, English journalist
Polly Perkins (born Gillian Nessie Arnold), English actress and singer
Polly Horvath, American-Canadian children's author
Polly Coke, Viscountess Coke
Polly James, English actress
Polly Samson, English novelist
Polly Ward, British singer and actress
Polly Alexandra Walker, English actress
Polly Young, English soprano and composer
Polly Ann Young, American actress; sister of actress Loretta Young

Pop Culture References for the name Polly

Aunt Polly, Tom's guardian in "Tom Sawyer" (1876) by Mark Twain; based in part on the author's mother
Pauline "Polly" Fossil, character in Noel Streatfeild's "Ballet Shoes"
Polly Plummer, character in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
Polly Wright, companion of the Doctor from BBCs Doctor Who
Polly Harper, character on TV's "Orange Is the New Black"
Polly, stereotypical parrot name ("Polly want a cracker")
Polly Cooper, older sister of Betty character in tv show Riverdale,
Polly Perkins, from movie "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
Sweet Polly Purebred, character on animated series "Underdog"
Polly, librarian in "The Cat Who" series by Lilian Jackson Braun
Polly Becker, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Polly Pocket, line of miniature dolls
"Polly," song by Nirvana
"Little Polly Flinders," an English nursery rhyme, first recorded c.1805
Polly Baker, character in the musical "Crazy for You"
Polly Kemp, character in children's novel "The Wish Giver"
Elizabeth "Polly" Gray, character in t.v series "Peaky Blinders"
Polly Brown, protagonist in Kit Pearson's children's novel "The Whole Truth"

Pollyanna, Pollie, Polley, Poll, Pollee, Polli