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Molly is a baby name with a long history stretching all the way back to ancient Hebrew. Molly is associated with the North Star, the most powerful navigation tool in ancient times.

Meaning of the name Molly:

Hebrew: sea of bitterness, star of the sea

Origin of the name Molly:

Molly is a baby name of Hebrew origin, originally a diminutive of Mary.

Symbolism of the name Molly:

The star of the sea is another name for the North Star. The north star is an unwavering, bright star in the northern sky that has been used as a guide to travelers for centuries.

Baby name Molly

Style of the name Molly:

traditional

Gender of the name Molly:

Female. Molly has occasionally been used as a nickname for some boy’s names.

Pronunciation of the name Molly:

MAHL-ee

Number of syllables in the name Molly:

two

Emotion evoked from the name Molly:

Molly evokes feelings of wisdom and innocence.

Alternative spellings for the name Molly:

Mollie, Molli, Mally, Malle

Nicknames for the name Molly:

  • Mols
  • Mol
  • Lee 
  • Lea

Popularity of the name Molly:

According to the Social Security Administration, Molly is a name that has remained popular since 1900. It peaked between 1987 and 2007 when it was in the top 100 baby names almost every year.

Related names for the name Molly:

Great middle names for Molly and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Molly:

  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown (famous survivor of the Titanic)
  • Molly Burnett (American actress and singer)
  • Molly Bee (American country music singer)
  • Molly Brant (Native American tribe leader)
  • Molly Harrison (English museum curator)
  • Molly Dunsworth (Canadian actress)

Mollys in popular culture:

  • Molly McIntire (literature, American Girl doll series)
  • Molly Weasley (literature, Harry Potter series)
  • Molly (film, Toy Story series)
  • Molly Baker (television, “Sailor Moon”)
  • Molly Hooper (television, “Sherlock”)
  • Molly Lansing (television, “General Hospital”)
  • Molly O'Brien (television, Star Trek series)