Latin from Greek
"happy, cheerful"

Hillary Origin and Meaning

The name Hillary is both a boy's name and a girl's name of Greek, Latin origin meaning "happy, cheerful".
Hillary is a lovely name that, for the moment at least, is tightly bound to an individual with a strong image: Hillary Clinton. Whatever your feelings about Mrs. Clinton, her fame now dominates the name, making it feel less baby-ready than it deserves to be. Hillary as a name has so much going for it: the popular, rhythmic three-syllable structure, the fact that it's strong but light, proper but jaunty, with an irresistible meaning -- having the same root as hilarious. The Italian Ilaria may be one way to make the name fresh.

Traditionally, Hilary was the form used for males and Hillary for females, but since there are so few boy Hilarys these days, that tradition has fallen by the wayside. A few other modern notables have laid claim to the name: musicians Hilary du Pre and Hilary Hahn, and actresses Hilary Swank and Hilary Duff.
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Famous People Named Hillary

  • Hillary Diane Rodham Clintonformer US First Lady, Secretary of State and presidential candidate
  • Hillary Brooke (born Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson)American actress
  • Hillary WolfAmerican actress
  • Hillary LindseyAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Hillary Bailey SmithAmerican actress
  • Hillary Dawn ScottAmerican country singer
  • Hillary Madison Hess (b. 2011)daughter of American television hostess Samantha Harris

Hillary in Pop Culture

  • Hillary Whitney Essexcharacter in book/movie "Beaches"
  • Hillary Bankscharacter on TV's "Fresh Prince of Bel,Air"

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