Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. HIL-ə-ree  [key·IPA]

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 in 1993. Famous bearers include American actresses Hilary Swank (1974-) and Hilary Duff (1987-).

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesHilarion(Ancient Greek) Hilaria, Hilarius(Ancient Roman) Ilarion(Bulgarian) Hillar(Estonian) Ilari, Lari(Finnish) Hilaire(French) Ilaria, Ilario, Ilary(Italian) Ilarion(Macedonian) Ilariy, Illarion(Russian) Ellar(Scottish) Ealar(Scottish Gaelic) Hilaria, Hilario(Spanish) Ilar(Welsh)
Surname DescendantEllery(English)
User SubmissionHilary


People think this name is

classic   formal   upper class   wholesome   refined   nerdy  

Name Days

Poland: January 11
Poland: January 14
Poland: March 16
Poland: October 21


Entry updated January 21, 2022