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Gender: Female Origin of Polly: English variation of Molly Meaning of Molly: Diminutive of Mary, Hebrew, "bitter"

The name Polly is a girl's name of English origin. Polly and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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.

Find other names based on Polly using our baby name generator.

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
Polly Maness (b. 2018), daughter of actress Erika Christensen and husband Cole Maness

Pop Culture References for the name Polly

Aunt Polly, Tom Sawyer's guardian in the book/film by Mark Twain
Pauline "Polly" Fossil, character in Noel Streatfeild's "Ballet Shoes"
Polly Sherman, character in "Fawlty Towers"
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 Cooper, older sister of Betty in Archie Comics and TV's 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"
Polyhymnia "Polly" O'Keefe, character in a series of books by Madeleine L'Engle
Polly Baker, character in the musical "Crazy for You"
Polly Kemp, character in children's novel "The Wish Giver"
Elizabeth "Polly" Gray, character on TV's "Peaky Blinders"
Polly Brown, character in Kit Pearson's "The Whole Truth"
Polly Parsons, character in film "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House"
Polly Pocket, line of miniature dolls
Polly, stereotypical parrot name ("Polly want a cracker")
"Polly," song by Nirvana
"Sweet Polly Oliver," English folk song about a cross-dressing girl
"Little Polly Flinders," English nursery rhyme

Pollyanna, Pollie, Polley, Poll, Pollee, Polli


Eu Says:


I've seen it used for Leopoldina (in a novel) and, intriguingly, Olympia (on a real baby). I love it as a nickname for Apolline, and also just for Mary and variants...

Alicia1 Says:


I think this name is so cute, I don't ever hear it. I like that its familiar yet underused.

Rainbow glitter Says:


Am i the only one who hates the name Polly, honestly i can't see it being used on a child,it's better on a parrot than a person

paulapuddephatt Says:


I think Pauline in that book was known as Polly. A long time since I read it, but I think that is right.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I used to have an 'adopted' pig named Pollyanna. She was cute, though. I liked the novel. There is a Meredith Brooks song called 'Pollyanne', but I rarely hear of either long version being used.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I would love to see this name used more. I really like it.

morning_glory Says:


Polyhymnia, Pollyanna, Polla, Pollina/Polina, Polendra, Apollonia, Mariposa, and my favourite, Penelope.

Since it's the medieval variant of Molly, and Molly was a nickname for Mary, you could possibly get away with variants of Mary too? Maybe.

Any name started with P- could work too - Pulchra, Petunia, Pivoine . . .

Mikayla395 Says:


Pollyanna could be a longer version!

Wittyusername103 Says:


I'm shocked this hasn't rated in my country as there is a famous columnist for one of the women's magazines with this name who has been around for a long time. Overall this name is cute and I can see it working for an adult however it's going to take a bit more convincing.

foreverharriet Says:


Such a sweet name! Can anyone think of a longer name that could have Polly as a nickname?

LostKid Says:


*squak* Polly want a cracker?
But for real, this always makes me think of Polly Pockets.I wouldn't use it, but it could work.

EllaYu Says:


This name is in our top two finalists for our daughter-to-be in December. We absolutely adore it and lesliemarion is 100% spot-on when she says it is the most cheerful of names. We're smitten with it and our little lady feels like a Polly.

bootsie Says:


I had a guinea pig named Polly. Cute name for people too.

lesliemarion Says:


It is the most cheerful name!

AnonymousPerson Says:


While there was a Pauline and a Posy, I don't think there was a Polly in Noel Streatfield's Ballet Shoes...?

kitchi1 Says:


I used to like this name. I found it to be a cute little vintage name. However, I've read and seen "Girl, Interrupted", and I always think of Polly from there now.