Hilary is the English form of Hilarius and Hilaria, both an Ancient Roman name meaning “happy, cheerful” from Latin hilaris via Ancient Greek hilarós from hílaos (gracious, merciful; kind, mild, gentle) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Hilary was once a very popular male name before becoming more common for women in the 20th century. Hilary is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Female forms:

  • Hillary (English)
  • Hilarie (English)
  • Hilari (English)
  • Hilaria (Ancient Roman)
  • Ilaria (Italian)

 

Male forms:

  • Hilarius (Ancient Roman)
  • Hilarion (Ancient Greek)
  • Ilarion (Bulgarian, Macedonian)
  • Illarion (Russian)
  • Hillar (Estonian)
  • Ilari (Finnish, Russian)
  • Hilaire (French)
  • Ilario (Italian)
  • Ealair (Scottish)
  • Ellar (Scottish)
  • Ilar (Welsh)

 

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