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Is Polly *only* short for Mary?

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ArsenicSoup Sat 29-Nov-14 15:47:00

Or for other names too?

avocadotoast Sat 29-Nov-14 16:31:23

confused I didn't even know it was short for Mary.


Doublethecuddles Sat 29-Nov-14 17:27:42


AugustaGloop Sat 29-Nov-14 17:29:38

I know a polly short for olivia

Chottie Sat 29-Nov-14 17:29:55

Polydora, Paulette, Paula, Paulina, Paola

ThursdayLast Sat 29-Nov-14 17:30:22

Polly is longer than Mary confused

blendedfamilygrinch Sat 29-Nov-14 17:30:58

How is Polly 'short' for Mary? There are more letters in it for one thing...

BikeRunSki Sat 29-Nov-14 17:31:01

I didn't know it was short for Mary (how ???).

I thought it was a proper name in its own right.

blendedfamilygrinch Sat 29-Nov-14 17:31:26

Xpost grin

ignominious Sat 29-Nov-14 17:32:31

I thought it was short for Margaret

ThursdayLast Sat 29-Nov-14 17:32:35


I thought Polly was a name in its own right.
What do you ask OP?

Bowchickawowow Sat 29-Nov-14 17:33:21

I thought daisy was short for Margaret?

MistAndAWeepingRain Sat 29-Nov-14 17:34:27

Polly is a variant of Molly - which in itself is a nickname of Mary. But it now modt commonly known as a name in its own right. My great aunt is called 'Poll' but her name is actually Mary. The 2 little girls I know who are called Polly are just called that. It isn't short for anything.

squoosh Sat 29-Nov-14 17:37:14

People often use 'short for' when they mean 'informal' even if the nickname is longer eg Eve/Evie.

OP if you're thinking of using Polly I think people will just assume that's her official name. It's been many a decade since people called Mary but known as Polly were born. Most people wouldn't even know Polly was derived from Mary.

ArsenicSoup Sat 29-Nov-14 17:42:38

How is Polly 'short' for Mary? There are more letters in it for one thing...

Don't ask me grin

ArsenicSoup Sat 29-Nov-14 17:43:36

But i'll amend the question to '...long for Mary' if it helps smile

Willabywallaby Sat 29-Nov-14 17:46:06

It's Molly that's short for Mary.

Willabywallaby Sat 29-Nov-14 17:47:10

Ok I've just googled, it's derived from Molly, short for Mary.

WiggleGinger Sat 29-Nov-14 17:51:29

PP. I thought Peggy was 'short for' Margaret.

Agreed Polly very much a name in its own right now

AuntieStella Sat 29-Nov-14 17:53:21

One old and posh version was Leopoldina. (Mitford books).

MeanwhileHighAboveTheField Sat 29-Nov-14 17:56:24

Daisy is short for Margaret...

rocketeer Sat 29-Nov-14 17:57:58

I thought Polly was short for Catherine, can't remember why!

ArsenicSoup Sat 29-Nov-14 18:11:34

Thank you squoosh. I can't bring myself to say 'nickname' because a nickname (to me) is a v different thing.

ArsenicSoup Sat 29-Nov-14 18:12:22


ATailofTwoKitties Sat 29-Nov-14 18:13:24

I've heard it used for Pearl as well.

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