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Meaning: Variant of Mary

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Molly

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Molly in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Molly:

  • Records indicate that 151,258 girls in the United States have been named Molly since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1991, when 4,649 people in the U.S. were given the name Molly. Those people are now 26 years old.

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      37 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Molly and I love it! Even though it means bitter, and is thought of as a nickname, I've never disliked my name. I'm Irish so it suites me well. I think it's a pretty name for any age (even though it's a common dog name.) I've only ever met one other Molly, so I think it's pretty unique. When I was little people called me 'Molly Dolly' which is really cute for a little girl. Molly is a SUPER GREAT NAME!" Jul. 23, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 35 now and have always loved being named Molly. I enjoy having a rather unique name, although in my extended family, there are five of us Mollys! It's the most popular name in my family. When I was in high school and college I worked for a veterinarian. People would bring in their dog named Molly, see my name tag, and become embarrassed. I never minded. Now I have a fairly prestigious job and I've never felt that my name isn't professional or mature enough. It helps me stand out. I lived in Spain for a few months and it was very hard for people there to understand my name. In Spanish, the double l is pronounced as a y sound, so having that next to a y was really confusing. I began spelling my name Mali while I was there so that people could pronounce it. The only thing I don't care for is how strangers call me "Miss Molly." That makes it feel more childish." Jan. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is Molli! and I am 12 years old!! I think Molli is a VERY cute name. I spell mine Molli cuz I can put a heart above the (i) and when u have a (y) you can't do anything cute!!! Thx" Dec. 6, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly and I love it. Some people have teased me about it for various reasons, but either way I'm glad I have it." Apr. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I too am named Molly. I have always felt it was a great name, never being one of those kids who HATED their name. I can see where it might sound childish, but to not hire someone named Molly is even more childish! Cheers to all the other Molly*s out there!" Jul. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Molly, my name is Molly, I know two Molly's and it means bitter, but it can also mean generous." Aug. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Mollie. I got named after my Great Grandmother." Mar. 8, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name Is Molly too! I like the name Molly because everyone calls me moll or mols or even molster.Also I have a best friend called Molly but she spells it with an ie (Mollie) and I call her mollhole xx" Jun. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Molly is the BEST name in the WORLD. any weirdos who think molly is a bad name is either jealous or a boob. Also you spell Molly like this not Mollie that is a silly way to spell it. Okay. Lastly , can i just say all you chilliedogs out there who dislike Mollys' are just a chilly dog, not a good one either!!!" May. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like being called Em as my name is Molly. I used to get called Moll but I hate it! Em and Leigh are the only name shortenings I like." Apr. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know 2 Mollys. One is a twin and her twin is Maddie so it's maddie and molly!! Anyways, I love the name and it is really cute. I've never heard someone have a dog named molly." Mar. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Molly! At my school, there's only 1 other Molly, but at some other schools I know about there's like a Molly in every class. Strange. Lol I dont rly care that some dogs have this name. I think the best way to spell it is Molly. Forget those other ways haha" Dec. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Molly is my daughters name, I think it is the prettiest cutest and most adorable name ever, I hate it when people call their dogs Molly it's a humans name. My daughter loves her name. Much to my annoyance it has become very popular, when we chose her name (7 yrs ago) we did not know anybody with the name. If we were to have another girl we would have a hard job finding one as perfect as Molly." Jun. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're about to name our daughter Molly. Very excited about it and think it will fit her like a charm." Jun. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ya the name Molly is awesome is special in its own way i also love my nick names ( MoMo, Moe, Malice) I love it, its special no one i know that has the name Molly and who cares if a dog name is Molly the people who named them arnt really Creative! GOO MOLLYS OO and another thing these are cool ways to spell Molly, Mollie, Mollee, Maili, Mailie, Mawalie,Molli!" Mar. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm also a Molly but unlike some of the other people who have commented i have never been bullied for my name, although i think this is because i have the strangest second name that really over shadows my first name =) There are some shortenings of Molly e.g. Moll, Mols and Molecule which is not a shortening but which my mother insists on calling me :) Go Mollys! Live to love it and love to live it!" Nov. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Used to hate my name when I was little!!! I used to think it didn't sound pretty, I could never write it very pretty, and I envied all the 'Amy's & 'Jennifer's! I was mad that Molly didn't have a nickname, cuz MAN, I thought that would have been SO cool... BUT now I realllyy do LOVE my name! I have hardly ever met any Molly's. Probably less than 5. (Besides dogs :-\ No really, I've met more dogs named Molly ) I ALWAYSS get a TONNN of "Good Golly, Miss Molly's especially from older men & I think it's SOO adorable!! Go Molly*s!!" Jul. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly and I love it!!! I've had some of the problems with the name in the past but every name has something! Older men always sing "Good Golly Miss Molly" to me and act they they are the first ones to make the connection. :)" Jun. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best best friends name is Molly! She is so sweet. She is also the smartest person i know. The name Molly rocks! You should use it for your next baby girl! :]" May. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly and I've had mixed feelings about it growing up. I'm Irish and that is why I was named it. When I was in elementary and middle school, I had 2 other Molly's in my class and that really bothered me. One of them had the same middle name as me too! I wanted a more unique name that no one else had. I've always liked the name, I would just like it better if less people were named it. Along with everyone else, I get told more often than I'd like that someone has a dog or knows a dog with my name too. All in all, I like my name and would never change it." Feb. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our daughter's given name is "Mary," but we call her "Molly," as it's the Irish nickname. It's a cute name, and if she decides as an adult that she feels it's too juvenile, she can go by "Mary," instead. Incidentally, we don't know any other little girls named Molly, but we have met several DOGS named Molly since she was born! :/ I can totally identify with the other people who commented about that!" Oct. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly and I love it. It just stinks because in my grade, out of 52 kids thier are 3 Molly's including me. My best friend's name is Keeley. It is a very uncommon name unlike mine. Idf your name is Molly just learn to love it and accept it." Aug. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly. I love it. The only thing I don't like is it's meaning (Sea of Bitterness)." Jun. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm married to an Irish Molly so I love the name!!!" May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my name at one stage i didnt like it but it now means alot to me. the meaning of it is pretty bad but its cool. i got the name from one of the nurses that help deliver me." Mar. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly - it's a family name, short sweet and simple and I love it, but I do get really tired of hearing "I love the name Molly, I have (or had) a dog named Molly!" There are also a lot of people who think Molly has to be short for something because it ends in a y." Jan. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Molly and it fits her-just like the name she's got "moxie." She's sassy and independent. I love the name!" Dec. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Molly is my 14-year-old niece and godchild. I think it is a beautiful name." Jul. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name, also, and I love it! I do hear "oh, I used to have a dog named Molly", but I don't mind much anymore. And a lot of people have asked me if Molly is my real name or if it is short for something. I think it is a gorgeous name and I've never wished for a different one! If I have a daughter I may even name her Molly as well. :)" Jul. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is molly and it's the coolest one there is. only the cool people are nmed molly" May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little Molly Mackenzie is personality plus! It is a name to be proud of and to be remembered... ;)" Mar. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oddly, when I was growing up I knew several other Mollys (including my best friend). But now that I'm an adult, I've yet to meet another adult Molly - and I like it that way." Mar. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly. I did not like it when I was little because I wanted a trendy "cool" name, and a lot of people's dogs are named Molly, but now that I'm an adult I love it! I am SO glad that my name is unique and it's not like all the Melissa's, Jessica's, and Katie's of my generation." Jan. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name and wouldn't trade it for anything. I rarely meet people with my name, which is part of the reason I like it so much. It's a traditional name that has transcended time (I'm not keen on trendy names). Also, as a young professional, I think the name translates for an adult just fine into the business world." Nov. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly Lynn, and I love it because it's unique and pretty. I onnly know about two people that have my name, but I find it inspiring.=)" Nov. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly and i feel i am unique becuase of it!" Apr. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never used to like the name Molly when I was younger, no one else had the name... but now that I'm an young adult, I love it, no one else has it! It's also a very strong first name, it stands alone, "I am Molly."" Jun. 9, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      19 Neutral Comments

  • "Those who said Molly is not a common name...look at these comments...YOU ARE TALKING TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NAMED MOLLY...if they're telling the truth, but you never know." Sep. 8, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly-- but my mom chose to spell it like "Mahli" and I like it! if you don't, you can always go by your middle name, last name, or Mary! (since Molly is a version of Mary)" Mar. 18, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "The first thing my boyfriend's nan said to me when she heard I was called Molly was "you've got a dog's name" lmao" May. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molli too! But I spell it like this: Molli. When my parents wanted to name me they wanted an original spelling which I guess it is. I love the name though!!" Dec. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think molly is a great name and all the mollys i know spell it differently. Like me my name is mollie and i know someone at my school whos name is molleigh, and then theres the original molly! Its just such a great name!" Mar. 18, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter is Molly, me and my hubby named her ellie while i was carrying her and we never even considered the name molly - but when she was born she didnt look like "ellie" she looked like a Molly. i too am always hearing "i have a dog named Molly" it drives me barmy ive heard it soooo much. but i love the name it suits her!" Jan. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Molly, and I love it! I was named after my great great grandma. Though I don't like it when people say "I have a dog named Molly!" But I still love it:)" Aug. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Not Molly ! Just thought you all should know" Jul. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi, i'm molly and this name is assume and i love it. there are not very much mollys. i think its a special name and there are lots of ways how to spell molly. it a pretty name even now it not popular." May. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name sometimes, but it's odd because i've never met an adult molly!" Jan. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly, and i like it... there aren't that many out there, so when i hear someone say "hey molly" i know they're talking to me. Plus, i think its pretty. As far as the meaning goes, who cares. people call you MOLLY.... NOT "sea of bitterness" or whatever else it means. AS far as nicks names go, i get called Mol or Mols. When i was young i got called mollball or molldoll... so its fine... and as far as the dog thing is concerned, there are lots of other people names that people use for there dogs so it gets annoying when people say "oh i met a dog named molly" ... who cares?! im sure you have met dogs with other names, so wouldnt that be irrelivant?!?! i dunno, just annoying." Nov. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "actually, if you do not like the meaning sea of latin moll plus an ending means soft or gentle. example: mollify molly doesn't have to be associated with mary. it can be it's own name." Aug. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly too! I am named after my grandmother Mary. I love that my heritage is incorparated in my name. My other gradparents so I got the irish version of Mary. And all you other Mollys.... I feel your frustration... it seems everyone has had a dog names Molly at some point in their lives. Oh well I love my name. I think it suits me perfect:)" May. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is molly, and I like it because I come from a complete northern European background. my dad's side is Irish and English and my mom's side is French. I think It is a really cool European name and I love it. It may be really common, but I love the way that everybody says it differently with their accents and stuff." Mar. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly and I'm 14... It's kinda annoying when people go, "oh really!?! I have a dog named Molly." Some people in my old school used to tease me because the said Molly was an old fashioned name, but people in my new school like it. I have people ask me all the time if Molly is short for something. All in all, I like my name." Jul. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name molly, i'm Mexican and this name is not common here, because of it I think that it would be the only and special name for my daughter. Because molly sounds cute And I have had this name in my mind since i was little." Apr. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name molly, i'm Mexican and this name is not common here, because of it I think that it would be the only and special name for my daughter. Because molly sounds cute And I have had this name in my mind since i was little." Apr. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Molly. I am named becasue of my irish ancestors...the name Molly is a name very common in Ireland. I enjoy my name sometimes and other times I don't. More and more as the years past I have meet more people with the name Molly, mostly of the time that I was born." Jun. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "With everybody naming there daughters Alexis, Madison, mackenzie or some other former last name, My daughter really stands apart, and every one loves it!" Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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