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

The name Sally is a girl's name meaning "princess". Sally and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Sally

Sally Margaret Field, American actress
Sally Anne Struthers, American actress
Sally Cecilia Hawkins, English actress
Sarah Margaret "Sally" Roffey Jewell, 51st U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Sarah "Sally" Hemings, slave of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and mother to his children
Sally Claire Kellerman, American actress
Sally Turner Mann, American photographer
Sally Kristen Ride, first American woman in space
Sally Dynevor, English actress
Sally Anne Bowman, English model
Sally Jane Morgan, Australian Aboriginal author and artist
Sally Carrighar, American naturalist and writer
Sally Alina Ingeborg Salminen, Finnish author
Sally Chepyego Kaptich, Kenyan long-distance runner
Sally Rand (born Helen Gould Beck), American burlesque dancer and actress
Sally Jing, Chinese actress
Sally Caroline Quillian Yates, Deputy Attorney General of the United States
Sally Fitzgibbons, Australian professional surfer
Sally Bradshaw, Republican political operative
Sally June Mulroney (b. 2009), daughter of American actor Dermot Mulroney
Sally James McDonald-Swenson (b. 2016), daughter of actors Audra McDonald and Will Swenson

Pop Culture References for the name Sally

Sally, main character in "Practice Makes Perfect" (2012)
Sally, little sister of Dick and Jane in early readers
Sally, character in "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Sally Albright, character in the '80s hit "When Harry Met Sally..."
Sally Draper, character from TV's "Mad Men"
Sally Malik, character on the North American version of "Being Human"
Sally, girlfriend of Derek Venturi on Canadian show "Life with Derek"
Sally Freedman, character in "Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself" by Judy Blume
Sally Donovan, character on the BBC television show "Sherlock"
Sally Sparrow, character in "Blink" of the BBC show "Doctor Who"
Sally Bowles, protagonist of the musical "Cabaret"
Sally Carrera, Lightning McQueen's girlfriend in the "Cars" movies
Sally Webster, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Sally Ryan, from the movie "Patriot Games," played by Thora Birch
Sally Brown, sister of Charlie Brown in the comic strip "Peanuts"
Sally Owens, from "Practical Magic" played by Sandra Bullock
Sally Rose, from the movie "Grudge Match" played by Kim Basinger
Sally Jackson, Percy Jackson's mother in the "Percy Jackson" series
Sally Hope, character in Enid Blyton's "Malory Towers" series
Sally Solomon, character on the 90s TV show "3rd Rock from the Sun"
Sally Hardy, character in "Sims" series
Sally Boyle, character in "We Happy Few"
Sally-Anne Perks, character in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
Sally Rayburn, character on Netflix's "Bloodline," played by Sissy Spacek
Sally, character in film "Oblivion"
"Mustang Sally," song by Wilson Pickett
"Sally Cinnamon," the Stone Roses song
Sally Acachalla, A character from the YouTube channel VenturianTale
Sally Stageplay, fictional character in the 2017 video game "Cuphead"

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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.