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See also: holly and holy


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Various origins: locational surname (Old English hol leah); short form of Holiday; after the holly tree. As a feminine given name popularized by Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (especially the 1961 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn).

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  1. A female given name.
    • 1929 Joyce Lankester Brisley: More of Milly-Molly-Mandy. Chapter 8:
      Grandma said, "I used to know a little girl called Holly - she always had her dresses trimmed with red or green." Milly-Molly-Mandy thought that was quite a nice name.
    • 2006 Joyce Winters: Let Your Light Shine ISBN 160034593X page 209:
      "Holly, would you mind if I named my little girl 'Holly'? I mean, it's right around Christmas time, and I always think of holly with Christmas.
  2. A topographic surname​.
  3. (rare) A male given name transferred from the surname.