Molly (name)

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Pronunciation /ˈmɒli/
Gender Female
Language(s) English
Other names
Alternative spelling Mollie

Molly or Mollie is both a feminine given name and a pet-name for Mary or Margaret.


  • Mollie Arline Kirkland Bailey (c. 1844–1918), American circus musician, singer, wartime nurse and alleged Confederate spy
  • Molly Bang (born 1943), American Illustrator
  • Martina Beck (born 1979), German retired biathlete known as Molly Beck
  • Molly Bee (1939–2009), American country music singer born Mollie Gene Beachboard
  • Molly Bish (1983–2000), American murder victim
  • Molly Brant (c. 1736–1796), prominent Mohawk woman in the era of the American Revolution
  • Margaret Brown (1867–1932), commonly known as "the unsinkable Molly Brown", survivor of the Titanic, philanthropist and activist
  • Molly Burnett (born 1988), American actress and singer
  • Molly Crabapple (born 1983), American artist and writer born Jennifer Caban
  • Molly Dunsworth (born 1990), Canadian actress
  • Molly Engstrom (born 1983), American ice hockey player
  • Mollie Evans (1922–2016), British antique dealer born Mary Isobel Simpson
  • Mollie Hardwick (1916–2003), English author
  • Molly Hawkey (born 1978), American actress and photographer
  • Molly Haskell (born 1939), American feminist film critic and author
  • Mary Vivian Hughes, British author usually known as Molly Hughes
  • Mollie Hunter (1922–2012), Scottish writer
  • Mary Molly Ivins (1944–2007), American columnist, political commentator, humorist and author
  • Mollie Johnson, 19th century American Old West madam in South Dakota
  • Margaret Molly Johnson (born 1959), Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Mary Margaret M. M. Kaye (1908–2004), British writer, author of The Far Pavilions
  • Mollie Katzen (born 1950), American chef and cookbook writer
  • Molly Keane (1904–1996), Irish novelist and playwright born Mary Nesta Skrine
  • Mollie King (born 1987), British singer with The Saturdays
  • Molly Lamont (1910–2001), South African-born British film actress
  • Mary MacCarthy (1882–1953), British writer associated with the "Bloomsbury Group"
  • Mollie McConnell (1865–1920), American theater and silent film actress
  • Ian Molly Meldrum (born 1943), Australian music critic, journalist, record producer and musical entrepreneur
  • Molly Nyman, British composer
  • Mollie Orshansky (1915–2006), American economist and statistician
  • Molly Parker (born 1972), Canadian actress
  • Molly Parkin (born 1932), Welsh painter, novelist and journalist
  • Molly Peacock (born 1947), American-Canadian poet, essayist and creative nonfiction writer
  • Molly Pearson ((1875–1959), Scottish stage actress
  • Mollie Phillips (1907–1994), British figure skater
  • Molly Picon (1898–1992), American actress in Yiddish theatre and film born Małka Opiekun
  • Molly Pitcher, nickname of a woman said to have fought in the American Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, generally believed to have been Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley
  • Molly Quinn (born 1993), American actress
  • Molly Ringwald (born 1968), American actress, singer, and dancer
  • Molly Sandén (born 1992), Swedish singer
  • Molly Shannon (born 1964), American comic actress
  • Molly Shattuck (born c. 1967), American socialite and oldest NFL cheerleader
  • Molly Sims (born 1973), American model and actress
  • Mary Mollie Skinner (1876–1955), Australian Quaker, nurse and writer
  • Molly Smitten-Downes (born 1987), British singer-songwriter known as Molly
  • Mollie Sneden (1709–1810), ferry operator before and after the American Revolution, born Mary Dobbs
  • Mollie Steimer (1897–1980), Russian-American anarchist, trade unionist, anti-war activist and free-speech campaigner born Marthe Alperine
  • Mollie Sugden (1922–2009), British actress
  • Mememolly (born Molly Templeton in 1989), English Internet personality
  • Molly White (born 1958), American politician
  • Molly Wood (born 1975), American executive editor and writer

Fictional characters[edit]

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In books and comics[edit]

  • Milly-Molly-Mandy from the books by Joyce Lankester Brisley
  • Molly Millions (also known as Sally Shears), from the stories and novels by William Gibson
  • Molly McIntire, protagonist from the American Girl series
  • Molly Moon, from the Molly Moon series
  • Molly Weasley, from the Harry Potter series
  • Molly Bloom, wife of Leopold Bloom in James Joyce's Ulysses
  • Molly Fitzgerald, alter ego of the Marvel Comics superhero Shamrock
  • Mollie, fictional character from the novel Animal Farm
  • Molly Mallard, a Disney character who is Scrooge McDuck's paternal grandmother
  • Molly Carpenter, whose full name is Margaret Katherine Amanda Carpenter, is initially featured in The Dresden Files as a recurring character, but grows into a main role in the novels following "Proven Guilty".