[ 3 syll. hil-la-ry, hi-ll-ary ] The baby girl name Hillary is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced HHIHL-ahRiy- †. Hillary is of Latin origin and it is used mainly in English. It is derived from the word hilaris with the meaning 'cheerful'. An old form of the name is Hilaria (Latin). The name saw a revival in the early 20th century, primarily as a feminine name. Hillary is the feminine form of the English Hilary.
Forms of Hillary include the name Hil, the French Hilaire, the name Hilari, the German and Spanish Hilaria, the name Hillaree, the name Hilleree, the name Hillerie, the name Hilly, and the Italian and Spanish Ilaria.
The shortening Hill (English), and the spelling variants Hilaree (English), Hilarie (English), Hiliary (English), Hillari (English), Hillarie (English), Hillary (English), Hilleary (English), Hilleri (English), Hillery (English), Hilliary (English), and Hillory (English) are other forms of the name.
Hillary is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1992, 0.126% of baby girls were named Hillary. It was #131 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a marked decline in popularity since then, and is used only on an infrequent scale today. Out of all girl names in its family, Hillary was nevertheless the most commonly used in 2018. Hillary has in the last century been primarily given to baby girls.
Baby names that sound like Hillary include Hilari, Hilary, Hillari, Hillarie, Hilleary, Hilleree, Hilleri, Hillerie, Hillery, Hillory, Hillyer, Hilaree, Hiliary, Hillaree, Hilliary, Hellar, Heller, Hilarie, and Hiller.
† Pronunciation for Hillary: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
A famous person named Hillary is US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, born Hillary Diane Rodham 26 October 1947, Chicago, Illinois.