Holly Name Meaning & Origin

Holly

Pronunciation: HAH-lee (key)

Origin of the name Holly:

Taken from the name of the holly tree, an evergreen whose stiff, glossy, sharp-pointed leaves and clusters of red berries are used in Christmas decorations. The name is derived from the Old English holegn (to prick).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Holly: | Edit

Freaking hell. Holly is not pronounced HAH-lee, it's pronounced HOH-lee. It's the accent. Jesus. It depends on where you're from HOH-lee is how the British pronounce it. HAH-lee is more American.

...But if you speak in an American accent, for the love of god don't pronounce it HOH-lee-- my name is Holly, not "Holy".

Often bestowed upon girls born around Christmas.

I really like this name.

I was not born in December, but instead was born in September. Everyone inevitably asks if I'm a "Christmas Baby", which is funny because like another poster on here, I'm jewish. My name came from Jewish great-grandparents. In the Jewish culture, we don't name a baby after a LIVING person, friend, relative. We feel that it's bad luck (something about the Angel of Death coming for the wrong one). If you insist on naming it for the living person, we change at least a vowel or something. So I was Holly and not Hallie, like that great-grandmother.

My name is Holly, I was born in July.

Holly is a sweet, pretty name

Personal experiences with the name Holly: | Edit

My name suits me very well. Holly Noëlle because I was born on Christmas Day 1998.

That is just darling - Holly Noelle! I love it. Being named Holly suits me. People hear the name and expect to meet a bubbly, sweet, outgoing girl who is bright and able to connect with others easily. It's a good thing.

I have a cousin named Holly, born in 1998. She was born very near Christmas, so it suits her just right.

My best friend has a two year old named Holly. She is pretty, sweet and fun just like her name. She was born in the month of June, which I thought was kind of funny but whatever works!

One of my best friends name is Holly. It suits her kind, sweet, caring personality

My name is Holly Katherine :). I love both my first and middle name, but I´ve never really like how they sound together. My parents didn´t know what to name me, so when I came out three months early, in December, they finally decided on Holly. I´ve always gotten the ¨have a Holly jolly Christmas¨ joke around December, except for the fact that I´m Jewish, which only makes people find it more funny

Same here, I people sing that G-d awful song to me every year in December.

My name is Holly Colleen, so despite my birthday being in August I take full license to make the holidays The Hollydays. Christmassy themed jokes are fine by me (since I was little I've been changing the words in that old carol to, "Deck the halls with boughs of mee-ee / 'Tis the season to be Holly!"). It can extend to even tolerating "Ho ho ho" puns...but seriously, people? "Holly wanna cracker?!" I WILL END YOU. Same for "holly ollie oxen free" and any attempt to play the name game (Holly bolly fo folly banana fannah bo folly...Hooolly! We've all heard it.)
Also, fun anecdote: When I was in third grade, I had a best friend named Mollie. She never came over or anything, so ten years later when we had rekindled our friendship, upon my mentioning my friend Mollie to my brother he looked at me in amazement and exclaimed, "She's real?!" ...It transpired that my brother had spent a decade of our lives assuming that Mollie was my imaginary friend, as it was simply too implausible that a little girl named Holly would meet another little girl named Mollie and become best friends. Imagine Mollie's incredulity when she found out she'd been assumed imaginary for ten years.

Nicknames for Holly: | Edit

Hol, HolBol, Holz, Hulet, Olly, Holiday, Prickly Bush (my friend now calls me that lmao), Hole Face, Holl, HollyBerry, Holly-Dolly, Hollister, Brawly, Hollery (I was a colicky baby??), Hooly

Meanings and history of the name Holly: | Edit

From the plant, which has shiny dark green leaves and red berries. Hollyhocks are a flowering plant.
The word "holly" is notable for remaining almost entirely unchanged, dating back to the Proto-Germanic Period-- concurrent with the time period of Ancient Rome!

Famous real-life people named Holly: | Edit

Holly Marie Combs - American actress
Holly Robinson Peete - American actress
Holly Hunter - American actress
Holly Hagan- British reality star/singer
Holly Madison- softcore porn model; rose to fame as one of Hugh Hefner's 3 girlfriends

Holly in song, story & screen: | Edit

"The Holly and the Ivy" is a traditional Christmas carol
Holly Hobbie, eponymous character designed by the children's book illustrator and author (born Denise Holly Ulinskas)
Holly Golightly, short for Holiday Golightly; main character from the novel and film Breakfast at Tiffany's (Audrey Hebpurn played the character in the movie). Holly Golightly is also the name of a contemporary singer with a '60s sound.
Blink 182 uses the name in two songs -- "Easy Target" and "All of This"
"Holly (Would You Turn Me On?)", song by All Time Low
Holly Flax, a character from the US television series "The Office"
Holly Hollister, a little girl in the 1960s children's mystery series "The Happy Hollisters"
The Hollies, 1960s British rock band famous for the song "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"
Holly Tyler is a character on the TV show "What I Like About You" played by Amanda Bynes.
Holly Kennedy, protagonist in Cecilia Ahern's novel "P.S. I Love You" and the movie based off of the novel.
Holly, a film made in 2006.
Holly Short is a character in the Artemis Fowl book series.
Holly Willoughby, English television presenter.
Holly White, infant child of Walter White in the AMC TV series "Breaking Bad".
Holly J Sinclair, a former character on Canadian television show "Degrassi".

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