Gender: Female Meaning of Sally: "princess" Origin of Sally: Diminutive of Sarah

Sally Origin and Meaning

The name Sally is a girl's name meaning "princess".

Sally is a cheerful, fresh-faced girl-next-door name that was originally a nickname for Sarah, but has long been used independently. Sally was popular in the eighteenth century and then again from the 1920s to the 1960s--it was just outside the Top 50 around 1940. Though it hasn't been heard as a baby name for decades, we can see Sally bouncing back, especially after her exposure as young Ms. Draper on Mad Men--the Nameberries rank it at Number 621, and it's a Top 100 name in Sweden.

Sally has a ton of notable references--a few we can single out are astronaut Sally Ride, actress Sally Field, the Sally Bowles character in Cabaret, the movie When Harry Met Sally and songs like Long Tall Sally and Mustang Sally.

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Pop Culture References for the name Sally

Salli, Salley, Sallie, Sallee, Sallianne, Sallette, Saletta, Salletta, Sal, Salcia, Salaid, Sallyann


Isabella_188 Says:


Yeah, same.

MidnightSky Says:


It has such a bright, sunny, sweet vibe. Simple and adorable. Very underused nowadays so that makes it feel fresh again to me.

pixelatedinfants Says:


I always thought of this as a generic girls name, as with Bob as a generic boys name. I hated the name Bob through my early childhood then at the age of 10 my obsession was the name Bob/Bobette

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name! It's a bit on the vintage side which makes it work with my other names! Please don't get too popular !

Jo Jo Says:


Just darling, and I think of Meg Ryan in 'When Harry Met Sally' when I hear it, but also sounds very colonial (a la Martha or Felicity).

Sadly, I do not think this name goes with my last name...

Essa Says:


Bring back Sally!

MissusAytch Says:


Simple and happy, but with history. Love it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I have suddenly fallen in love with this name.

ThistleThorn Says:


So cute! But, I think it's one of the few -ee on the end sounding full names that can age well.

flora_kate Says:


I really wish this name would make a comeback! It's so very cute!

claraminta Says:


Sally is my favorite character in Malory Towers!

Guest Says:


One of those "idk how in the heck this nickname came from that name" names to me.