Female, H names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names


Holly refers to a genus of shrubs or trees which comes from Old English holen, holegn (holly) which comes from Proto-Germanic *hulisaz (butcher’s broom; holly) derived from  a PIE root word. Holly is also an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Mac Cuilinn meaning “son of Cuilinn”, the latter derived from Irish cuilinn meaning “holly” also derived from the same origin as above; it’s also an English surname derived from a topographical name for someone who lived near a place with holly trees. Although Holly is predominantly a girl’s name it has had use as a male name as well.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Holley (English)
  • Hollie (English)
  • Holli (English)



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