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Meaning and Origin of: Polly

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Bitter; rebellion
  • Latin : Small
  • English : Variation of Molly

Last name origin & meaning:

  • French and English (of Norman origin) : from Old French poli ‘agreeable’, ‘polite’ (literally ‘polished’, past participle of Old French polir), hence a nickname for a courteous or amiable person (perhaps also sometimes given ironically to a boor).
  • Altered form of German Polley, a habitational name from any of several places so named in Anhalt and Brandenburg.