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Etymology & Historical Origin - Mollie
Mollie (like Molly) developed as a pet form of the English names Mary or Margaret; although today both Mollie and Molly are independently given names in their own right. Mary is the anglicized version of the French Marie (from the Latin Maria), both of which are derived from the New Testament name Miriam (Hebrew: Miryam). We know that the ultimate origin of Molly comes from Miriam (by way of Maria and Mary), but finding the etymological source of Miriam isn’t so easy. There are varying opinions. The most common belief is that Miriam is derived from the Egyptian “myr” meaning “beloved” (Miriam, Moses sister from the Hebrew Bible, was born in Egypt, so this makes sense). As a derivative and diminutive of Margaret (which means “pearl”), then Mollie would come to mean “little pearl”. However Mollie is more generally believed to have started as a pet form for Mary rather than Margaret. Molly is the preferred spelling all throughout the English speaking world (and is exceptionally popular everywhere). Mollie is a Top 100 favorite in Northern Ireland and Scotland (and does moderately well in England and Australia), but everyone seems to be favoring Molly with a “y” rather than an “ie”. Mollie is definitely cutesier. American parents are sure to invent Mollee sooner or later (sigh).
Popularity of the Name Mollie
Mollie was actually more popular than Molly at the turn of the 20th century but the reverse is true today. In the late 19th century Mollie was a Top 100 favorite, but as we entered the 20th century, the name would start her long and steady decline down the popularity graph. By the early 1960s Mollie even dropped off the Top 1000 list for a spell. Now that we’re in the 21st century, the name is back to low-moderate levels of usage. Compared to Molly (the more favored of the two spellings), Mollie is leaps and bounds behind. Mollie is now in competition with Millie (another old-fashioned pet name) and the modern Miley. Whether you go with Molly or Molly, both spellings are universally familiar so it really comes down to preference. Mollie is an upbeat and friendly name. It’s a sweet and unpretentious choice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Mollie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mollie
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mollie
Mollie the Horse (Animal Farm) Mollie is the refreshingly vain and shallow horse in George Orwell’s famous 1945 allegorical novel, Animal Farm. While the other animals lobby for equal rights and animal supremacy, Miss Mollie prefers to spend her time primping and prettying up. Since this was the status quo when the human Mr. Jones ruled the farm, Mollie sees no reason why things should change. Why no mane ribbons? Why no sugar cubes? Who cares about revolutions and politics! Mollie is, excuse the phrase, a foxy horse, being both sly and, well, foxy. She wastes no time in getting out of Dodge and into greener pastures, where there are humans in charge who know the score. Viva la anti-revolucion!
Popular Songs on Mollie
Mollie - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Mollie (see Molly).
Children's Books on the Baby Name Mollie
Mandie and Mollie and the Angel's Visit (Lois Gladys Leppard) - When Mollie, the young Irish girl who was saved from a fire in Belfast, comes along with Celia Hamilton to spend Easter at Mandie’s house, little has changed about the girl. She’s still looking for leprechauns and a pot of gold, so it’s not surprising when she says that an angel came to visit her. But when Mollie disappears from her bed in the middle of the night and is nowhere to be found, Mandie and Celia set out to find her. What they discover is shocking! Recommended for ages 9-12.
Mollie (Wayne R. Gabel) - Mollie the young pony never wanted to be different. She strived in every way to be like all the other animals on the farm. There was just one problem. She had two legs shorter on one side than the other. Through the adventures of this little pony, we find how being different is not a handicap but a journey, a journey to find one's place in life. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Famous People Named Mollie
Famous People Named Mollie - Mollie Sugden (English actress); Mollie King (English singer/songwriter); Mollie Hunter (Scottish writer); Mollie Katzen (chef, culinary author); Mollie O'Brien (American musician); Mollie Steimer (Russian-American anarchist/activist)
Children of Famous People Named Mollie
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Mollie - Amy Heckerling (filmmaker); Gabrielle Carteris (actress); Meredith Baxter (actress)
Mollie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Mollie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Mollie (see Molly).
Personality of the Girl Name Mollie
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Mollie