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Mally (F)>

Mally (female)

Pet Name for:Mary (F)
Derivative(s):Mollie (F) Molly (F)
Can be spelt:Male (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP

Scottish and English.

Mally was the original pet name derived from Mary. The current English and non-Gaelic Irish pet name Molly/Mollie is derived from it.

A correspondent [GJ] reports that, in the early 16th century, the female name Male was used in the Kirk Session records of St Andrews, Scotland [transcribed by the Scottish History Society]. We presume this to be an early phonetic spelling variant of Mally/Molly.