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Girl Name: Hilary

Name: Hilary
Pronunciation: \hi-la-ry\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Hilary's also a boy name)
Meaning: cheerful, happy
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Alair, Alegra, Happy, Ilaria, Larissa
Variant forms: Hilaire, Hilaria, Hilarie, Hilary, Hillary, Hillery, Hilliary
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 735


Hilary \hi-la-ry\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Hilary), is pronounced HILL-a-ree. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Hilary is "cheerful, happy". The name comes from the same root as "hilarious". Name of a fourth-century saint and a fifth-century pope. Hilaire (ee-LARE) is a French form. First Lady Hillary Clinton; actress Hilary Swank; singer Hilary Duff.

Hilary has 7 variant forms: Hilaire, Hilaria, Hilarie, Hilary, Hillary, Hillery and Hilliary.

For more information, see also related names Alair, Alegra, Happy, Ilaria and Larissa.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Hilary.


Hilary is a very popular first name for women (#735 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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