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Girl Name: Molly

Name: Molly
Pronunciation: \m(ol)-ly\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Origin: Irish
Related Names: Polly
Sounds Like: Milly, Melly, Mally
Variant forms: Moll, Mollee, Molley, Molli, Mollie
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 317
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 80903


Molly \m(ol)-ly\ as a girl's name is pronounced MAH-lee. It is of Irish origin. Ppet form of Mary (Latin) "star of the sea". In use since the late Middle Ages. In the past, "moll" had meant a prostitue or a gangster's girlfriend, making the use of this name uncommon. Now revived in popular usage, also possibly due to actress Molly Ringwald. Author Mollie Hardwick.

Molly has 5 variant forms: Moll, Mollee, Molley, Molli and Mollie.

For more information, see also the related name Polly.

Baby names that sound like Molly are Milly, Melly and Mally.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Molly.


Molly is a very popular first name for women (#317 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for both men and women (#80903 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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