Hillary Name Meaning & Origin

Hillary

Pronunciation: HI-lə-ree (key)

Origin of the name Hillary:

Taken from the Latin Hilaria, which is derived from hilaris (cheerful, noisy, merry).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Looking for the perfect name? Try the Name MatchMaker to find the perfect baby name for you!

NameVoyager

US Popularity of Hillary Over Time

Name Lists Featuring Hillary

Contribute your knowledge to the name Hillary

Comments and insights on the name Hillary: | Edit

Historically (in America), the spelling Hilary has generally been used for men and Hillary for women. In modern times it has drastically declined in popularity as a name for men.

I really like the name Hillary for a girl, and would definitely use it.

I really like the name too, but I despise Hillary Clinton, and I always think of Clinton when I hear the name. I would use it if not for the infamous Clintons.

or a name for a criminal

I don't think Hillary Clinton will ever be forgotten - so even though I like the name Hillary, Ms. Clinton has spoiled it for me!

I love the name and I love Hillary Clinton. I will DEFINITELY use it if I have a girl in the future.

Personal experiences with the name Hillary: | Edit
Share what you know!
Nicknames for Hillary: | Edit

Hill, Hills, Hillsy, Ry, Hilly,

Meanings and history of the name Hillary: | Edit

From Latin, meaning "merry, joyful"

Famous real-life people named Hillary: | Edit

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States Senator, First Lady
Hillary Brooke, American actress
Hillary Howard, American reporter
Hillary Raphael, American novelist
Hillary B. Smith, American actress
Hillary Tuck, American actress
Hillary Madison Hess (b. 2011), daughter of American television hostess Samantha Harris

Hillary in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Hillary's Eyebrows" by Phranc
"Hillary's Theme" by Kenny G

No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
No Way
Definitely
63
No Way
Definitely

Smart?

65
No Way
Definitely

Sexy?

61
No Way
Definitely

Friendly?

60
No Way
Definitely

Creative?

61
No Way
Definitely

Strong?

56
No Way
Definitely

Young?

61
No Way
Definitely

Sophisticated?