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The Polish pronunciation is hee-LA-ri, and it's solely a masculine name in Poland.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2019
The Hillary Clinton association would just lead to memes of a little girl named Hillary. I personally don’t care if Donald Trump OR Hillary Clinton was president. I accept the president for the way he/she is! Hillary is a cute name for a girl. I’m aware of this name being unisex and I can picture any male with this name actually. Nevertheless, I prefer it as a girl’s name.
caseynames6229  12/31/2018
Well-known British journalist (and Margaret Thatcher biographer) Charles Moore, born 1956, has the middle name Hilary and I noticed a Neville Hilary Someone in a 1950s British provincial newspaper the other day. The name seems very posh on boys these days, and Charles Moore has a posh image, but Neville Hilary Someone, a tradesman, had been hauled up before the courts on minor criminal charges, and did not seem to fit his name at all!
Just Jonquil  12/10/2018
You never hear this name where I live. I don't recall meeting a Hillary / Hilary. I prefer Hilaria though.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2018
Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress and singer. Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire. The series proved to be a hit, leading to a film adaptation of the series to be released. Duff began working on numerous projects with the Disney Channel, including the film Cadet Kelly. She later began work on an album, releasing the Christmas themed Santa Claus Lane through Walt Disney Records. Upon signing with Hollywood Records, Duff began working on her second studio album, Metamorphosis. The album achieved critical and commercial success, topping the Billboard 200 and selling over three million copies in the United States alone. The album also found success in both Canada and Japan. Duff's success in both acting and music led to her becoming a household name, with merchandise such as dolls, clothing, and fragrances being released.
cutenose  1/13/2017
The name "Hilary" derives from the Greek adjective: ΙΛΑΡΗ [ilari'] (fem.)=jolly, blithe, cheerful.
georgev1112  7/29/2016
I was christened Hilary in 1947. This was an unusual choice as my parents were not well educated and I didn't know any other girls of my background and generation who were called Hilary. I have never been able to ascertain why my parents chose the name.
Livinginthesun  6/21/2016
I find it hilarious that it started losing popularity with Hilary Clinton.

Anyway, sounds like the name of someone born in the 1940's (Like Clinton), very outdated.
Kidwins9  1/2/2016
Well this dropped off real fast.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2015
Hilary has class and style as well as a substantial history. I don't understand why trendy names like Haley and Hayley and Harley would be chosen over this long-established beauty.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2015
This name is hilarious.
― Anonymous User  2/21/2015
Hilary Tachibana (known as Hiromi Tachibana in Japanese version) is a character in Beyblade and Beyblade V-Force.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2014
My name is Hilary and I am male. I love my name and almost never meet or hear of other Hilary's (unless they are women). It seems to be used only as a female name but I do like it and I do get the odd comment.
I am a bit feminine so I guess it suits me!
Hilary86  11/2/2014
I'm a Hilary (female) and it was a name I didn't like so much as a kid because it was so uncommon (and I thought names like Tiffany and Jennifer were much cooler--it was the 80s, I was under ten years old...) but I've learned to really like this name. It isn't very easy to make fun of (although Canadian Hilary's usually get called Hilroy, after the school stationery company). The most annoying aspect of my name is that everyone usually spells it with two L's instead of one.
mk_ultrafun  2/28/2014
Captain Hilary Becker is a character in the ITV show Primeval. Though he only goes by Becker the writers and actor have both revealed his name. He is portrayed by Ben Mansfield.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2013
The name Hilary was given to 75 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
Hilary is also the Polish form of Hilarius.
Lucille  10/17/2012
J.R.R. Tolkien's brother was named Hilary.
― Anonymous User  6/30/2011
It's pretty - sounds melodious and the meaning's lovely.
I hate it with two Ls though because they're not necessary (I mean, hilarious, hilarity, etc have only one L) and make it surnamey.
Even prettier than Hilary is Hilarie - feminine spelling and cool.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2011
I don't like it. It makes me think of either old women or annoying pop singers.
Chrila96  9/15/2010
This name is not pretty at all, and the very way it sounds is just ugly sounding! Ew, Hilary?
― Anonymous User  6/18/2009
This name was used in England during the Middle Ages for both sexes. In medieval documents the female version appears as Ylaria, Yllaria, or Hilaria. Some sources believe that in the Middle Ages it was a corruption of Eulalia, introduced from Spain, rather than a female version of Hilary. Apparently, versions of Eulalia are Aulaire, Aulazia, Ollala, and Eulària - the last especially is suggestive of Hilaria, and the first of Hilary.

Hilary fell out of use between the Reformation, when saints' names lost favour, though it was still borne by some boys, and by girls in the version Ellery (does this suggest the Eulalia theory, perhaps, or even a folk link with the old Welsh name Eleri?).

When it was revived in the nineteenth century Hilary was mainly for boys, although Florence Nightingale's female cousin was called Hilary - perhaps her parents were influenced by the Italian name Ilaria on their travels.

The English Admiral Barlow during Nelson's time had the middle name Hilare - it was his mother's name, so that was how Hilary was preserved in that family before its revival.
Jonquil  8/27/2008
Hilary Mantel (female English writer)
Hilary Armstrong (female English politician)
Hilary Benn (male English politician)
Jonquil  8/27/2008
I hate this name. I always have. Not because it's snobby sounding, I don't have a problem with snobby-sounding names. It's that initial syllable--Hil--is so ugly. The whole name is distressingly close to the hideous Hildegarde.
queenv  10/30/2007
I have a friend named Hilary, and her eyes are incredibly expressive. Hence, I always think of Hilarys as having very expressive eyes. By the way, I love this name! I think it is equally good on a boy, or spelled Hillary. Also, I think the name 'Hylari' is realy tryndee. Just in my opinion, though.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2007
English author, Hilary Mantel.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2007
I love this name sooooo much better spelled Hylari. I don't know why, but I always have.
gym4god  2/5/2007
It usually doesn't bother me too much when people use masculine names on girls, but with this name it does. I think it's a good man's name, but terrible for a woman. It's just too male-sounding.
black_lace  1/14/2007
There is a novelist named Hilary Norman.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Hilary reminds me of the word 'hilarity'.
lily2040  11/20/2006
Hilary is a beautiful name. I like the meaning of this name too.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2006
I don't like this name because it's my name. I think it's boring and snobby sounding. People like Hilary Duff and Hilary Swank ruined this name for me. I can't stand it! And every one always spells my name with two l's it's so annoying! I don't think this is a pretty name at all.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2006
Hate this name now. Used to kinda like it because I knew a very nice girl named Hilary, but it's been ruined for me. I know an incredibly kind and friendly, but completely obnoxious, girl named this and of course, Hilary Duff. I can't stand Hilary Duff.
blackgoodbye  9/25/2006
Because this name was originally a boy's name, I could never use it for a girl. Because this name is now a girl's name, I could never use it for a boy.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2006
That means you cannot use Ashley, Courtney, Kimberly, Kelly, Hayley, Tracy, etc. etc. either, you know. Keep in mind just how many girls' names were originally for boys.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2007
The name Hilary has grown on me. I don't know if I prefer 1 L or 2.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
Professor Hilary Tamar is the detective (a law professor by profession) in the four witty mystery novels of all-too-short-lived author Sarah Caudwell. As Prof. Tamar is never referred to by pronoun, its sex cannot be determined by the reader!
Kosta  3/20/2006
I think this is a horrid names for girls. It's better for boys, but it is thought of as a girl's name, so they WILL be made fun of. But, hey, that's what middle names are for!
Mithos514  3/17/2006
It's a German name. It means 'she whose bosoms defy gravity'. That's what they said on Top Secret! anyways.
qcrossley  3/12/2006
I admire Hilary Clinton and Hilary Swank, they are awesome women. I unfortunately know a chick by this name and she is awful. It shouldn't be given to someone lightly because it's a very solid, dignified name. It is cool.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2006
Erm, Mrs. Clinton's name is spelled H-I-L-L-A-R-Y.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2006
Hilary is my daughter's name, born in 1993, it was not a very popular name (other than Hillary Clinton). She is befitting of such a beautiful name, her sister's name is Abigail. Dad, who obviously wanted boys, calls them Albert and Harry now!
theoldboot65  11/25/2005
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank bears this name.
Wordsmith14  10/23/2005
I have a very close friend named Hilary. It is a name for a loveable person and also a very creative person. Very nice name!
leah_27  7/10/2005
I like my name because it's unusual and I am the only Hilary in the school (which is awesome).
hilary09  6/27/2005
I think that this name is pretty and all, but it always reminds me of poopular, stuck-up snobs.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2005
Famous bearer: Hilary Duff.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2005
St. Hilarion is said to have lived from 291-371 and Pope Hilarius was elected in 461, died in 468. A derivative of this name is the common Estonian male name HILLAR. Also ILLAR / ILLARI, although not nearly as common.
riina  3/4/2005
Latin form of the Greek name Ilaria(f)-Ilarios(m). From the ancient Greek (not Latin) word Ilaros, meaning cheerful, joyful. Famous bearers of the name: Ilarios, priest of the goddess Demetra in Elefsis, and Ilarios, a politician of Antiocheia.
Damis  3/1/2005

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