The name Holly is derived from the name of the plant.
Gender Female Origin Word/Name Old English Meaning Related to the plant; related to Christmas time. Region of origin Europe Holly is an English given name that has mostly feminine use. The name derives from the name of the plant, from the Old English word holen. Because holly is used as decoration at [1 ] Christmas, Holly is a name given to girls born around that time or after. Alternate versions include: Hollie, Holli, Holie, etc. As a first name in 2009, Holly ranked #380 for most popular girl baby name in the United States [2 ] and the 24th most popular girl's name in England in 2012. [3 ] [4 ] Notable Hollys [edit ] First name [edit ] Holly Black, American writer (Spiderwick Chronicles) Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer Holly Marie Combs, American actress Holly Fulger, American actress Holly Gibbs, British actress Holly Michelle Gilliam, birthname of Michelle Phillips, American singer and actress Holly Golightly (singer), British singer and songwriter Holly Golightly (comics), American comic book writer and artist Holly Holyoake, Welsh soprano Holly Hunter, Oscar-winning actress Holly Johnson, singer Holly Larocque, Canadian actress Holly Lincoln, Canadian soccer forward Holly Madison, one of The Girls Next Door Holly Miranda, American singer Holly Palance, American actress, daughter of veteran actor Jack Palance Holly Robinson Peete, American actress, singer and author Holly Sampson, American porn performer Holly Sherwood, singer Holly Valance, Australian actress, singer and model Holly Beth Vincent, American musician Holly Walsh, British comedian Holly Willoughby, British television presenter Holly Woodlawn, Puerto-Rican actress and Warhol Superstar Middle name [edit ] Last name [edit ] Fictional characters [edit ] Holly Hobbie, American children's book author and her character of the same name Holly (Red Dwarf), a central character on the British TV series Red Dwarf Holly Robinson, DC Comics character and a frequent ally and sidekick of Catwoman Holly Golightly, the main character of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly J. Sinclair, a fictional character in Degrassi: The Next Generation Holly Short, a character in the Artemis Fowl children's book series Holly Tyler, the main character of the WB TV series What I Like About You Holly, a character in many songs by the rock band The Hold Steady Holly Flax, a character on The Office Holly Shumpert, a character in the sitcom The King of Queens Holly Gribbs, a character in the series premier of the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Holly Kennedy, the main character in Cecila Ahern's Novel PS, I Love You Holly Martins, played by Joseph Cotten in Carol Reed's The Third Man Holly Sullivan, a character in the movie played by The Wedding Singer Christine Taylor Holly Hills, a character from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Holly Holliday, a character from Glee, played by Gwyneth Paltrow Holly White, is Walter White's daughter, in the series " Breaking Bad" References [edit ] ^ Behind the Name-"Holly" http://www.behindthename.com/name/holly ^ Think Baby Names-"The Meaning of Holly" http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Holly ^ U.S. Social Security Administration Baby Names Database http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/ ^ "Holly". Englishgirlsnames.