Girl Baby Name

Ally

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Quick Facts on Ally

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 607
Pronunciation:
AL-ee
Simple meaning:
Noble one

Characteristics of Ally

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ally

Ally, like Allie, is primarily considered a diminutive of Alison; although there are so many names in circulation starting with the “Ali-” prefix it could be used as a short form for any of these. Alison is a medieval English form of Alice, a name used among the Norman French who brought it to England in the 11th century. Alison persisted until the 16th century when it eventually fell from favor in England but proved particularly popular in Scotland where it maintained constant usage. Even though Alison was derived from Alice, Alice in turn comes from a reduced spelling variant of the Germanic “Adalheidis” (Adelaide) meaning “noble” (from adal) and “kind, sort” (from heid). Once Alison became so ubiquitous among English-speakers, the colloquial forms of Allie and Ally were so common they eventually morphed into independently given names in their own right.

Popularity of the Name Ally

The spelling of Ally is nowhere near as popular as Allie in the United States, but she is in circulation and has been since 1998. In fact, Ally debuted on the American female naming charts at position #417 which is quite remarkable for a first time entrant. It turns out this was no coincidence. September 1997 was when “Ally McBeal” was introduced to audiences across America and many women embraced the “anti-feminist” character of Ally (a too-skinny airhead in short skirts more preoccupied with her love life than her professional life). In any case, this is what spurred on the usage of Ally. The highest frequency of usage for Ally as a girl’s name was the first season of the “Ally McBeal” show and then the frenzy for this spelling wore off quickly (although it remains in circulation). And for the record, the character’s full name on the “Ally McBeal” TV program was Allison Marie McBeal. Both Ally and Allie are really considered nicknames, so using such names as legally given first names demonstrates a non-traditional and laid back naming style.
Popularity of the Girl Name Ally
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ally

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ally

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ally

    Ally We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ally.

  • Popular Songs on Ally

    Popular Songs on Ally

    Ally Ally Oxen Free - a song by Kingston Trio

    Ally McBeal Theme Song - a song by the Remotes

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ally

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ally

    A Wig for Ally (Taylor Grey) - When Ally is diagnosed with leukemia, her entire world changes. She is forced to deal with mature issues at a young age- being stuck in a hospital, chemotherapy and the psychological effects of hair loss. With the help of her parents, a new friend, and a wig shop owner named Miss Harriet, Ally begins to fight back. She begins visualizing new, creative ways to fight the rogue cells causing her harm. When Ally goes into remission, she knows she is very different from the girl she was before cancer. She has become someone completely different, something even better. By keeping her promises to Harriet, Ally learns to believe in her own strength and the gift of giving back. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Ally the Dolphin Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book (Daisy Meadows) - The Ocean Fairies keep all the sea creatures safe and happy -- until their magic goes missing! This is our eleventh group of Rainbow Magic fairies. The Ocean Fairies keep all the sea creatures safe and happy! But when the goblins shatter their enchanted conch shell, seven magical sea creatures leave to search for the pieces. The Ocean Fairies must find the shells…and their animal friends! Ally's dolphin friend, Echo, is guarding a shell near the aquarium. Can Rachel and Kirsty help track him down? Find the missing creature in each book and help save the ocean magic! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Ally! Ally! Where Can You Be? (Mary Cornman) - When two children come home from school, their dog Ally is always waiting to greet them, but on this day Ally is not there. The children are afraid their pet Ally is lost. They look for her everywhere. In the process they learn a lot about their pet. Do they find her? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ally's Clever Joke Book! With Facts from the Past! (Phyllis Goldman) - Ally's dinosaur jokes for kids is an awesome collection of over 250 amusing, clever, hilarious, wacky, and entertaining jokes. In addition to this priceless humor, Ally takes the reader on an adventure back to his environment, and the prehistoric period, in this case the Jurassic period! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Number Fun With Ally Dog (Gwin Faulconer Lippert & Erin Hines) - This is Ally. She can do all kinds of tricks. How many tricks can Ally do? Can you do these tricks too? As you read through this interactive book, children will enjoy mimicking Ally's actions. Using the corresponding song and activities, children will explore music and math in a way that is engaging. Children are sure to enjoy Number Fun with Ally Dog. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Tom, Ally, and the Baby-sitter (Beth Robbins) - Mom and Dad are all dressed up to go out for the evening. Who will look after Tom and Ally? Tom doesn't like the sound of the baby-sitter at all. But after a night of crazy antics, Tom makes a new friend. It's OK! The series that prepares children for new experiences. A visit to the doctor, the first day at school, a new baby in the family -- parents are often unsure how to prepare children for a new experience or how to guide them through a difficult time. Written in consultation with child psychologist Flora Hogman Ph.D., these humorous books -- full of lovable characters -- will help children develop and learn in the best possible way. More titles are available in this “It’s OK!” series. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Ally

    Famous People Named Ally

    Famous People Named Ally - Alexandra "Ally" Sheedy (actress); Allene "Ally" Walker (actress); Alexandria "Ally" Hilfiger (heiress/socialite daughter of Tommy Hilfiger)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ally

    Children of Famous People Named Ally

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Ally - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ally.

  • Historic Figures

    Ally - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ally - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ally.

Personality of the Girl Name Ally

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Ally

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