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Sally is a wonderful name, I think it should used more.
Although it might sound funky, it means princess, funny, cheerful, and standing up to people. If you feel down, call Sally to cheer you up!
My secret: My real name is Sally, it's nice!
― Anonymous User  1/13/2020
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I can't think of someone ACTUALLY named this.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2019
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A lot cuter than Sarah honestly.
wh0sbad  7/31/2019
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Sally is good enough as a legal name. I prefer Sary as a nickname for Sarah and Sarah as a nickname for Sarina sometimes. Sally’s such a sweet name, it’s not in the 1000 Top Girl Names at all :( they stopped popular usage in 2004 but got back to it for a while in 2006, so 2005 is unique ):
― Anonymous User  11/17/2018
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In 2018, 57 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Sally* who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 327th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.

*as a first name, not a nickname.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
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If I gave this name I would pronounce it Sa-LEE so it sounds kind of like 'Salene'. I like it as a nickname for something like Salome, Salina, Saline.
futuremother99  9/5/2018
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I think of a dimwit country girl from the 50s.
Curious me  8/16/2018
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Oh... and to add to my other comment. This reminds me of the word “Salad”.
Curious me  9/12/2018
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Sally sounds too country to me, and I prefer the spelling Sallie.
kayisforkeen  8/11/2018
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Hmm... it's my name and I don't like it at all. Sounds like 'silly'. Feels kind of goofy, not elegant. And I lose count of the people who have sung the Gracie Fields song 'Sally' at me (cringe!) Sarah's pretty boring and overused but I'd prefer it. (But REALLY I want to be called Violet!)
ukdaffodil  7/2/2018
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Corny, immature name.
Prime Meridian  4/30/2018
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Sally Fairfax (1735-1811), wife of prominent member of colonial Virginian gentry George William Fairfax and the object of a young George Washington’s infatuation before he married Martha Custis.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2018
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And also Sally-Anne Perks from Harry Potter!
That70sShowGeek  2/20/2018
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Don’t forget former talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael!
That70sShowGeek  2/20/2018
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Sally is the stage name of Liu Xie Ning, a member of the K-pop group Gugudan.
Nienna9  2/6/2018
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Sounds rather kiddish and nicknamey, like Larry.
It's hard to picture a mature sophisticated lady or a stern powerful suited businesswoman named 'Sally'.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2017
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I think that this would be a great name to use for your daughter. It makes me think of a cheerful and bubbly person. This name would age very well, as I could see it on a little kid or on an old woman.

I like it more as a given name, rather than a pet form of Sara(h); Just something about it.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2017
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Sally Hemings (1773-1835) was a slave belonging to American president Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson fathered six children by her.
Buneary  8/20/2016
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Sally Jackson is the mother of Percy Jackson. She is known best for her blue cookies.
ilovefoodandbooks  8/5/2016
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The name Sally was given to 221 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
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I love this name and named my youngest daughter Sally. She's fun, lively, smart and pretty. I'm not bothered about the name making a comeback personally, as I named her because I like the name not because I'm trying to impress people with my child having the most up to date and trendy name!
― Anonymous User  5/9/2016
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At first I didn't like this name, but then I met a person by this name and she's really kind and nice, so now I actually like the name. It's weird how people change names to you...
― Anonymous User  4/22/2016
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Really adorable, I like Sally a lot. I don't think it would age any worse than Lily or Sophie.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2015
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Sally sounds pretty obnoxious, but it's better than Sarah.
lilpimpteller  5/24/2015
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On the TV show Mad Men, Don Draper's daughter is named Sally.
― Anonymous User  11/8/2014
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Sally Jo Todd (Born: June 7, 1934), an American actress and model.
― Anonymous User  10/20/2014
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Most people would be sick to death of the way too common Sarah by now, but Sally, although only faintly alike, can make a nice change.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2014
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Sally is a beautiful, girly, pretty and lovely name. X.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2014
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I think women with the name Sarah are always a bit 'strict', but Sally softens it down a little.
Hushpuppy  5/11/2014
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Sally Bollywood: Super Detective is a French–Australian animated television show starring the fictional character Sally Bollywood, a 12-year-old Indian detective.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2014
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The name Sally was given to 205 baby girls born in the US in 2012. I think this name is absolutely adorable =)
Oohvintage  7/2/2013
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Cute name but I like it connected to Jade
As in Sally Jade then I would use Sally.
jazzycritique  5/18/2013
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Sally and Sarah don't exactly sound alike, but Sally is not as common, so it can be more refreshing.
Hushpuppy  10/14/2011
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Sally's Song, a beautiful song by Amy Lee.
Black_X  7/18/2011
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I think it's kind of cute.
Christina Rose  3/26/2011
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A little old-fashioned, but I much rather be named "Sally" or "Sadie" compared to WAY over-popular "Sarah."
Dawson  2/27/2011
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How about Sally Sparrow, heroine of the Doctor Who episode "Blink," as a famous bearer? She was smart, brave, and because of her, this name has positive connotations for me.
a short fazed hovel  9/2/2010
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Sally is a blue Porsche in the Disney movie "Cars". It's my son's favorite movie.
MandeePaige  5/24/2010
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The Irish have translated 'saileach' ('willow') as sally or salley, as in the familiar lines of Yeats's "Down by the Salley Gardens".
― Anonymous User  5/29/2009
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Sally can also be short for Marcella.
― Anonymous User  5/16/2009
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Sally is my mother's name, it's a nice name but it reminds me of an old song, titled "Sally Pride of our Alley", possibly referring to a cat?
walesgal92  3/21/2009
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I agree with the above comments that Sally sounds less mature than Sarah, even though both names are pretty. Same with Debbie vs Deborah.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2009
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I absolutely hate the name Sally, Sarah sounds so rich and awesome compared to ditzy "Sally" yuk!
camilana646  2/28/2009
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As feminine as this name is, it makes me picture a strong bossy little girl. Like a feminIST, heheh. Not baaad, just strong and bossy. Considering its popularity it has a whole lot of character.
not_another_Jessica  12/3/2008
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Sally is the nickname of the Shadow Lady, Soracia, in Mark Oakly's comic Thieves and Kings.
sorianna  11/20/2008
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This name sounds very juvenile to me. Sounds like the name of a little girl in a cartoon.
number1212  11/15/2008
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Sally Hayes from The Catcher in the Rye.
moonbaby9307  10/25/2008
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Although this name originated from the name Sarah - I like Sarah and I don't like Sally. It sounds silly.
KayeKiLa  9/14/2008
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I never did like this name. Despite having a somewhat girly sound to it, the name sounds like the name of old and middle aged women, as I can't really imagine this old-fashioned name on women under the age of 40. It doesn't sound very mature, and Sally Kern has pretty much ruined the name completely with her words about homosexuals that can be compared to Hitler's ''solutions'' to the ''Jewish question'', so isn't that a good excuse to bury the name for good?
slight night shiver  5/5/2008
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"Sally" the word means "any sudden start into activity", from Middle French "saillie" meaning "a rushing forth," from the Latin word "salire", meaning "to leap".
leananshae  12/29/2007
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A Sally Lunn is a large sponge cake-like bread. The name supposedly came from the French "soleil et lune" or "sun and moon". "Soleil" [soh-lay] could be a good namesake for Sally.
leananshae  12/29/2007
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Sally Ann has been a nickname for the Salvation Army since 1927.
leananshae  12/29/2007
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In Charles Dicken's book Oliver Twist, Old Sally is an elderly pauper who serves as the nurse at Oliver’s birth. Old Sally steals Oliver’s mother's gold locket, the only clue to his true identity.
leananshae  12/29/2007
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Sally Struthers, actress; 28 July 1948, Portland, Oregon; played Gloria in the tv sitcom, All In The Family during the 1970's.
leananshae  12/29/2007
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Sally Anderson, the wife of Scrooge's nephew Fred Anderson in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I played Sally Anderson!
DontDissMadison  12/23/2007
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I think that this name is a lot like the name Jack.
1) They are both well known (who hasn't heard of a Sally or Jack?)
2) Both are historical
3) Both are nicknames, but not many know that they are
mhavril39  12/2/2007
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Sally Brass is a character in Charles Dickens' novel "The Old Curiosity Shop."
Kate  10/30/2007
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This is the name of a Sonic The Hedgehog character, Sally Acorn. *sigh* She's really annoying and I hate her.
aquaspirit96  10/5/2007
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The name Sally makes me think of the song "Mustang Sally."
― Anonymous User  8/20/2007
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Sally was Ben Franklin's nickname for his daughter Sarah.
Atarah Derek  8/17/2007
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Sally. Just like the store that sells beauty products and it's called Sally's.
80226_hottie  8/10/2007
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There is that song that says "Ride Sally Ride!"
― Anonymous User  6/6/2007
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My aunt is named Sally and she is a very animated, social, and gossipy woman. I do mean that in the best possible way, I love her for it. I think it's a cute name and suits a girl who is inclined to be a social butterfly.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
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I am a Sally and I was named after Sally Ann Howes, better known as Truly Scrumptious from Chitty Chitty bang bang. I have always quite liked that!
poppetina  3/21/2007
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I am not particularly fond of this name, but I don't hate it either. My friends have nicknamed me this. (They decided my middle name sounded like Salamander and shortened it) For bellaboo above. I have light reddish hair.
YMPvt  3/7/2007
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A quiet achiever, strong willed yet kind. This is what Sally reminds me of. I know three, all of which have light reddish hair. Haha.
bellaboo  11/18/2006
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Sally is not the pet form of Sarah, it is a real name.
bellaboo  11/14/2006
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The name did originally begin as a pet form of Sarah. However, it has long since been used as a totally indepedent name rather than a pet name.
― Anonymous User  6/23/2007
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To a previous post, it definitely started out as a pet form of Sarah. It went out of style so it is very uncommon today and is now pretty much its own name but you will find a lot of older women who go by Sally are actually named Sarah.
SarahMarie  3/12/2007
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Sally was on the top 1000 list from the 1880's until the 1990's. It appeared back on the top 1000 list in 2004 but did not appear on the top 1000 list in 2005. Its most popular year was the 1940's where it ranked 65.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
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"Down by the Sally Gardens" is a lovely old Irish lullaby.
elizabeth hamlet  6/25/2006
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This is a very pretty, underused name.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2006
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The Beatles also used the name in the song "Long Tall Sally".
― Anonymous User  5/19/2006
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Aside from its meaning as a name, "sally" means to rush forward or to depart.
visitor27  3/14/2006
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I like this name because my name is Sarah and my friends are calling me Sally because supposedly Sally is short for Sarah. It is a very pretty name and I think represents a very fun-filled, bouncy, animated person.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2006
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Sally Thomsett is the name of the actress who played Jo in the British TV sitcom "Man About the House".
alberto  1/18/2006
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Sally Mann is an American photographer.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2006
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It's a really cute name.
MusicRat  12/22/2005
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Sally is also a Peanuts character, Charlie Brown's little sister.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
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Sally is the little girl in "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Suess.
breakofday  12/16/2005
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Famous bearer: The character Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret, played by Liza Minelli.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
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"When Harry met Sally" was a movie hit in 1989, starring Meg Ryan as Sally.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
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A famous bearer of this name is Dame Sally Markham, the romantic novelist in Little Britain. It's Matt Lucas taking off Barbara Cartland. Sally is really funny and I love imitating her. She looks like my paternal gran, who we refer to as grandma.
Dogsy  11/28/2005
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A very pretty name.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2005
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Another famous bearer of this name is the astronaut Sally Ride. This name has also been incorporated into a popular song, 'Mustang Sally' which numerous artists have recorded and covered.
Arrows  11/22/2005
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The main female character, Ragdoll-Sally, in Tim Burton's legendary animation A Nightmare Before Christmas bears this name.
― Anonymous User  11/3/2005
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A famous bearer is Sally Field (born Sally Margaret Field on November 6, 1946). She was the star of "Gidget", a 1960s TV show. She won an Emmy for the TV film "Sybil". In 1979, she won an Oscar for her performance in the movie "Norma Rae", and again in 1984 for "Places in the Heart". She starred in "Mrs. Doubtfire" as Miranda Hillard, Daniel's ex-wife and Lydia, Chris, and Natalie's mother. She also had a role in "Forrest Gump", "ER", "Legally Blonde 2", and "Homeward Bound".
AndrewJKD  8/11/2005

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