Meaning: Bitter; drop of the sea
Alternate spellings: Mali, Maili, Maile, Mailsi, Mollie, Mary
Ever heard of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”? She was a Titanic passenger lucky enough to snag a spot on a lifeboat, then convinced her boat mates to turn around and look for other survivors. It turns out nobody called her Molly (she went by Maggie) until long after her death in 1932, but here’s the point: Molly itself is just as unsinkable! A pet name for Mary, Molly has been around since the 1700s. Since entering the U.S. charts in 1880, the name’s only gone up. It hovered around the 300s and 400s for decades, gained popularity in the 1960s, and has been hanging around the 100s since the mid-1980s. Most names fall down the lists after long periods of popularity, but Miss Molly has real staying power.
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U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008