This Latin name can be spelled many ways, including Hillarie, Hilarie, Hillery, and Hillory. Historically, the name was mostly male. Men used the spelling Hilary, while women used Hillary. Today, the name is virtually all female.
The meaning of the name is cheerful and merry. Even though Hilary is one of those
names that originated as a boy’s name, it has transitioned into a pretty girl’s name. Although it is much more common for females, its popularity on the girls chart has taken a hit, too. Hilary ranks #2499 for girls and #7285 for boys.
Hopefully, you like names with spin-offs because Hilary has a bunch of cutesy nicknames, including Hill, Hills, Hilly, Hillsy, Ri, and Riri. Celebrity namesakes include Sen. Hillary Clinton, singer Hilary Duff, and actress Hilary Swank. You may also remember the actress Karyn Parsons who played Hilary Banks on the TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.