Polly: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Polly

Polly

Pronunciation: PAH-lee (key)

Origin of the name Polly:

Variant of Molly, which is a pet form of Mary. It is unclear how or why the changing of the M to a P came about, as it is with Meggy and Peggy. Some believe it to have been a simple case of Polly serving as a rhyming variant.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Mary, Molly

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Polly is my niece's name. Her brother is named John, and her sisters names are Francesca ("Franny"), Brigid, and Coleen. She always gets compliments on her name since it is so uncommon and she is so young. She is bright, silly, and outgoing, which matches her name perfectly.

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Polly Bergen, American actress
Polly Jean (PJ) Harvey, singer
Polly Draper, American actress best known for her role as Ellyn in "thirtysomething"
Polly Toynbee, English journalist
Polly Holliday, American actress best known for her role as Flo in the TV series "Alice"
The beautiful Polly Klaas
Polly Walker-British actress

Polly in song, story & screen: | Edit

Polly Pepper, eldest daughter in the "Five Little Peppers" series by Margaret Sidney
Polly Peacham, character in Berthold Brecht's "Threepenny Opera"
"Along Came Polly", 2004 film starring Jennifer Aniston in the title role
Pauline (Polly) Fossil is a character in the book "Ballet Shoes" by children's author Noel Streatfeild.

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