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Origin: Namibia
Region Origin: Southern Africa

Holly is a given name of English origin, derived from the Old English word "holen" and the French word "houx," both of which mean "holly tree". The name is either locational, derived from the Old English "hol lēah" meaning "[dwelling by] the clearing by the hollow," or descriptive, from "hol-ēage" meaning "hollow-eyed". In Ireland, it was also used as a translation of the name Mac Cuilinn, which is derived from "cuileann," the Gaelic name of the holly tree. The name Holly first appeared as a feminine name in the 20th century and has been associated with Christmas decorations, as the holly tree's distinctive leaves and red berries are commonly used in holiday decor.

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