Holly

Female

Meaning

Plant With Red Berries

Origin

British

Pronunciation

/ˈhɒli/

EDITOR'S NOTE

Emily P.

PupNames.com Contributor

Holly is a pawsitively fetching dog name! It's got a festive vibe, thanks to the evergreen plant associated with Christmas. Plus, it's a nod to Hollywood, perfect for a pup with star quality. Holly Golightly, anyone? It's also a sweet throwback to the etymology of the name, derived from 'holy'. So, if your dog's behavior is more saintly than slobbery, Holly could be a divine fit. And let's not forget Holly Hobbie, the beloved character known for her resourcefulness and kindness. So, if you're looking for a name that's fun, festive, and full of character, Holly is a tail-wagging winner!

Traits associated with the name Holly:

Dogs named Holly tend to be loving, affectionate, good-natured, and resilient. This feminine name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Holly?

Naming your dog Holly suggests that you are a fan of classic, traditional names. It also suggests that you are a fan of the holiday season, as Holly is a popular name for Christmas decorations.

Is Holly a good dog name?

Holly has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Holly is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Holly is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Holly outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Holly was, in the past month, the 64th most viewed dog name on PupNames.com.

As of April 2024, Holly is becoming a more popular moniker with new puppy owners. Our stats show that the name is more fashionable than it was at this time last year.

We've seen quite a lot of variation in rank for this name, which may suggest seasonal factors or interest driven by pop culture events.

In the past week, Holly was viewed 123 times, and liked 4 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Holly's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Holly is most adored in Maryland, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Tennessee, Nevada and Colorado.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Holly.

Most popular breeds named Holly:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Cocker Spaniel
  5. Chihuahua

Holly is found in these categories:

nature dog names
nature

Derived from a plant bearing red berries, often associated with winter and Christmas.

cute dog names
cute

Evokes festive cheer and sweetness, like Christmas holly berries.

flower dog names
flower

Holly is a plant with red berries often used in Christmas decorations.

british dog names
british

Associated with Christmas tradition, symbolizing peace and protection in folklore.

winter dog names
winter

This name is inspired by a plant commonly associated with Christmas and festive season.

old fashioned dog names
old-fashioned

Popular during the 50s, this moniker harks back to simpler, nostalgic times.

Dog names like Holly:

The Hazel Tree
Day's eye. The petals of a daisy open during the day, revealing its yellow centers, and then close at night.
Ivy
Climbing Vine Plant
Star
Olive Or From The Olive Tree
From The Flower
Holly dog name meaning

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Ms.poo (Oregon, United States)
My dog is named “plant with red berries”
August 15, 2022

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