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Meaning and Origin of: Holly

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Holly bush
  • Old English : Holy day; grove of holly trees

Last name origin & 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).

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