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Holly Name Meaning

Irish: part-translation of Gaelic Mac Cuilinn (see McCullen) in County Kerry, and in Ulster sometimes a variant of McQuillan, also an Anglicized form of Mac Cuilinn. It is rarely of English origin. English: variant spelling of Holley. Possibly an altered spelling of Czech or Slovak Holý (see Holy).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Solly, Polly, Dolly, Golly, Holy, Holl, Holey, Tolly, Goley, Holley

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Where is the Holly family from?

You can see how Holly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Holly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Holly families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 29 Holly families living in North Carolina. This was about 12% of all the recorded Holly's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Holly families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Holly surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Holly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Holly. 21% of Holly men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Holly women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Holly were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 81,000 census records available for the last name Holly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holly census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Holly. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Holly. For the veterans among your Holly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Holly lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Holly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Holly in 1942 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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