The Baby Name's Etymology and Historical Background Molly Mary is an anglicized variant of the French Marie (from the Latin Maria), which are both derived from the Hebrew Miriam, who occurs in the Book of Exodus as Moses and Aaron's sister. The name was originally used as an English given name before being adopted by Americans in the 1960s.
Molly/Mary was first used in England around 1550. It may have been taken from the name of a goddess or it may have been a derivative of some other name. However, the most common explanation is that it is a variant of Marjorie (which was originally another name for Mary) or Margaret (which was once called Margharita).
In America, the name became popular among Christians during the 1960s when it was adopted by members of the Christian Church (Gospel Music Association).
Today, Molly is considered a female name. It was originally used exclusively as a given name but is now used as a surname.
Molly is a girl's name of Hebrew origin that means "bitter." Molly evolved from medieval versions such as Malle and Molle as a diminutive of Mary. The first recorded use of Molly as a given name was in 1555.
Molly has been used as a stand-alone pet version of Mary since the Middle Ages and has been continually popular as an independent name in the United States for the last few decades.
Molly is the most commonly given female first name in the United States. It is also widely popular among young girls in other countries too. The name was originally derived from the Hebrew word for mercy, but this meaning is no longer in use. Instead, the modern interpretation of "molly" as a sweet or cute girl name is based on its use during the American Revolutionary War when it was coined by Thomas Jefferson.
Molly is the eighth most common name of all time. It was initially made famous by author Harriet Beecher Stowe who invented her own version of the name - Mollie. Since then, it has become associated with both women and men names.
Molly is the only name included in the top 10 list that isn't a member of the Roman Catholic Church's official list of saints. However, the name has historical ties to that church as well as other denominations. In addition, several characters named Molly appear in literature by Catholic authors which helps to explain its presence on these lists.
Molly is the most common form of the name among adults in the United States.
Molly is a pet version of Mary derived from the given name Molly. Molly was a Swedish band that mixed Irish traditional music with ska and oi! Later on, they were influenced by Swedish folk music and klezmer. The band was founded in Stockholm in 1976 by Irish musicians Paddy Moloney (fiddle, bouzouki, guitar) and Dónal Bannon (bass, vocals).
They had three number one albums in Sweden between 1978 and 1979: "Molly's Dream", "Molly's Revenge" and "Molly's Miracle".
The band broke up in 1980 but reunited several times since then. They still play many concerts every year around the world.
Here are some songs by Molly:
"Molly Malone" (originally called "Carrigaline") - first released as a single in 1977 by The Pogues. It became a number one hit in many countries including Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland.
“Irish Rover” - originally recorded by The Dubliners on their 1975 album “A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall”. The song was also covered by The Corries and The Horsley Hills.
Molly's meaning: Mary's diminutive: a wished-for child; disobedience; bitterness. Molly has two meanings in English: a short form of Maud, and a nickname for Mary.
Molly is the 255th most popular name of all time. It was first used in England during the 16th century, probably after Mary, the Virgin Mary.
The name Molly has been used extensively by women who have chosen it as a pseudonym. The earliest known use of the name in this context is a poem called "Molly's Dream" that was published in 1744. This poem was written by Mrs. Piozzi (noted for her collection of poems entitled "Anecdotes, or Observations on Various Subjects"), and it tells the story of a girl whose parents wish she would marry well so they can move to London, but instead she dreams about a handsome soldier who turns out to be King George II. Her father wants to sell the dreamer in order to earn money for their family's relocation, but she refuses to sell herself.
Molly has been used frequently by women who have wanted to avoid being named after someone else, such as Alice or Elizabeth.