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Quick Facts on Sally

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Little princess

Characteristics of Sally

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sally

 Sally developed as an English diminutive of Sarah and therefore means “little princess.” One of the oldest female personal names on record in Western Civilization and the 8th female name to appear in the Bible, Sarah comes from the Hebrew שָׂרָה meaning “princess, noblewoman, lady.” Borne from the Bible in the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis, Sarah was the wife of Abraham, the mother of Isaac and an extremely important matriarchal figure in the Judeo-Christian narrative. In the Bible, her name is first represented as Sarai (“my princess”) before God changed it to Sarah in order to distinguish her as a woman of particular high rank (i.e., the mother of nations, or the one and only princess) after He established His covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:15). Historically uncommon among English speakers until after the Protestant Reformation, Sarah was one of the earliest female names to be brought to the New World (American colonies). Both Sadie and Sally (Sallie) evolved from Sarah as pet forms and diminutives (compare Hal from Harry and Moll from Mary – similarly the English used Sally from Sarah).  

Popularity of the Name Sally

 As an independently given name, Sally has been in circulation since at least the 19th century (our data only goes back as far as 1880). Given her popularity at the turn of the 20th century, we can assume she was in full swing before well before then. Though Sally did show strong performance at the beginning of last century, she would not achieve Top 100 status until 1930 – a position she would hold for 25 consecutive years. Indeed, Sally enjoyed her greatest popular in the mid-1900s, reaching her highest rank (#52) in 1939. The name would quietly descend the charts as last century progressed and eventually this little charmer would find herself completely out of style. In fact, Sally dropped from America’s Top 1000 list in 2005 and has yet to reappear. Only about 200 baby girls were given the name Sally in 2013 and a mere 18 received the Sallie spelling. It seems that Sadie has replaced Sally’s popularity in this new century. 
Popularity of the Girl Name Sally
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sally

  • Popular Songs on Sally

    Popular Songs on Sally

    Back Alley Sally - a song by 38 Special

    Ballad of Sally Rose - a song by Emmylou Harris

    Be My Girl - Sally - a song by The Police

    Lay Down Sally - a song by Eric Clapton

    Let Sally Drive - a song by Sammy Hagar

    Long Tall Sally - a song by Little Richard

    Long Tall Sally - a song by The Beatles

    Morning Song to Sally - a song by Jerry Jeff Walker

    Mustang Sally - a song by The Rascals

    Mustang Sally - a song by Wilson Pickett

    My Pet Sally - a song by Blink 182

    Ride Sally Ride - a song by Al Green

    Ride Sally Ride - a song by Lou Reed

    Sally - a song by Grand Funk Railroad

    Sally - a song by Gogol Bordello

    Sally - a song by Kerbdog

    Sally - a song by Sade

    Sally Ann - a song by Flatt and Scruggs

    Sally Can't Dance - a song by Lou Reed

    Sally Cinnamon - a song by The Stone Roses

    Sally Comes Around - a song by Bonnie Tyler

    Sally Free and Easy - a song by Marianne Faithfull

    Sally G - a song by Paul McCartney

    Sally MacLannane - a song by The Pogues

    Sally Mary - a song by Dan McCafferty

    Sally Simpson - a song by The Who

    Sally Sue Brown - a song by Bob Dylan

    Sally Was a Good Old Girl - a song by Waylon Jennings

    Sally Was a Legend - a song by Robyn Hitchcock

    Sneakin' Sally through The Alley - a song by Robert Palmer

    Who’s in the Strawberry Patch with Sally - a song by Tony Orlando & Dawn

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sally

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sally

    Pizza at Sally's (Monica Wellington) - Sally the pizza maker makes pizza. She grows tomatoes in the community garden for the sauce. She gets cheese in the shop down the street. She buys flour from the mill for the dough. Festive artwork shows all her tasks as Sally prepares, mixes, and bakes delicious pizzas. The perfect tie-in to elementary school lessons about where food comes from, this book will be embraced by teachers. It’s a delightful addition to Monica Wellington’s nonfiction for the youngest readers, and it comes complete with a recipe so kids can make pizza with Sally. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Sally and the Some-Thing (George O'Connor) - Stuck at home with her mom and her new sibling, Sally heads for the swamp with her fishing pole and bike. What she discovers, in the form of a slimy, slithery Some-Thing, is a new best friend. Mud pies, burping contests, snail racing--and sensational, eerily beautiful artwork deliver plenty of kid appeal. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sally Goes to the Beach (Stephen Huneck) - Part of a series of several Sally Board books. Everyone loves a trip to the beach! Sally, a spirited black Labrador, sure does. When she arrives, she encounters new friends, new smells, new games, and, best of all, new adventures. Told from the dog's point of view and brought to life through charming and brightly colored woodcut prints, this endearing story of Sally's vacation is the perfect companion to a child's own trip to the beach or any new place. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen (Cari Best) - Sally Jean was born to ride. And her bicycle, Flash, is just about her best friend. But one day something terrible – and wonderful – happens. Sally Jean grows. Suddenly she finds herself too big for Flash. What’s a Bicycle Queen to do? Finally, by collecting old bicycle parts to make a new bike – and giving Flash to a young friend who longs for a bigger bike of his own – she rides again! With exuberant art that’s just the right match for Sally Jean’s new found freedom, this joyous text celebrates growing up, learning new skills, and giving back to the community. Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing (Frank J. Sileo) - Sally loves to be first at everything! She is first in line at school. She is first out the door at recess. She is first at dinner finishing her mac n cheese! Unfortunately, Sally dislikes losing and this can lead to hot tempers and hurt feelings. She even gets the nickname Sally Sore Loser from her classmates at school. With the help of her teacher and her mom, Sally learns the rules for being a good winner and a good loser, and that the most important thing is having fun. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sally the Comet (Anna Fitch Courie) - Sally the Comet is on an adventure to find friends! Join Sally as she explores the solar system and learns the unique facts that make each of the planets special. After a long talk with the Sun, Sally learns that to make friends, she needs to be a friend to the planets first. Come with us as we zoom through space on an epic adventure of fun, friendship, and facts! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Silly Sally (Audrey Wood) - Dance a jig with a silly pig. Play leapfrog with a silly dog. And that’s just the beginning of all the fun! Come along and join Silly Sally and her outrageous friends as they parade into town in a most unusual way. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Who Was Sally Ride? (Megan Stine) - In 1978, Sally Ride, a PhD candidate at Stanford University, responded to a newspaper ad to join the US astronaut program. She was accepted and became the first American woman astronaut to fly in space! Among her other accomplishments, she played tennis like a professional, was an astrophysicist who helped develop a robotic arm for space shuttles, and later, through Sally Ride Science, worked to make science cool and accessible for girls. Sally Ride, who died on July 23, 2012, will continue to inspire young children. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Sally

    Famous People Named Sally

    Famous People Named Sally - Sally Ride (astronaut, 1st woman in space); Sally Field (actress); Sally Struthers (actress); Sally Hawkins (English actress); Sarah "Sally" Hemings (slave woman said to have sired several of Thomas Jefferson's children); Sally Mann (photographer); Sally Kirkland (actress); Sally Jessy Raphael (talk show host); Sally Kellerman (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sally

    Children of Famous People Named Sally

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Sally - Carly Simon (musician/singer); James Taylor (musician/singer); Phyllis Diller (comedienne)

Personality of the Girl Name Sally

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sally

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