Given Name HILARY

GENDER: Feminine & Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: HIL-ə-ree  [details]

Meaning & History

Medieval English form of HILARIUS or HILARIA. During the Middle Ages it was primarily a masculine name. It was revived in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century as a predominantly feminine name. In America, this name and the variant Hillary seemed to drop in popularity after Hillary Clinton (1947-) became the first lady.
VARIANT: Hillary
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Hilarion (Ancient Greek), Hilaria, Hilarius (Ancient Roman), Ilarion (Bulgarian), Hillar (Estonian), Ilari, Lari (Finnish), Hilaire (French), Ilaria, Ilario (Italian), Ilarion (Macedonian), Ilari, Illarion (Russian), Ealair, Ellar (Scottish), Hilario (Spanish), Ilar (Welsh)


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Entry updated October 11, 2012