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.

Related Names:

Holland, Holli, Hollie, Hollis, Holliston

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It's cute.

Personal experiences with the name Holly

She likes banana

She left Micheal Scott, they were perfect for each other. truly meant to be, however they both came out stronger.

She was blonde

She may be a whore but can make a MEAN curry

Nicknames for Holly

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, HollyBear, HollzBallz

Meanings and history of the name Holly

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

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 Willoughby - British TV presenter
Holly Black - American writer & editor (The Spiderwick Chronicles)

Holly in song, story & screen

"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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