|Hilary (also spelled with two 'l's) is a hot potato of a name, so closely identified with Sen. Clinton that it's hard for most parents to see it as a baby name. A pity, really, as it's got so much going for it: the popular, rhythmic three-syllable structure, the fact that it's strong but light, proper but jaunty, with an irresistible meaning -- having the same root as hilarious.
Hilary Ann Swank, American actress
Hilary Erhard Duff, American singer and actress
Hilary Hollis Rhoda, American model
Hilary (Blake), American singer-songwriter
Hilary Jane Armstrong, British politician
Hilary Mary Mantel, English writer
Hilary Hahn, American violinist
Hilary du Prй, British flautist
Hilary Banks, character on the TV show "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".
Hilary, character from the film "But I'm a Cheerleader"
Hilary Fay, Mandy Moore's character from the film "Saved"
Hilary Wentworth, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Hilery, Hilleree, Hilleri, Hillari, Hillery, Hallary, Hillory, Hillerie, Hillarie, Hillaree, Hilari, Hallarie, Hilarie, Hilaree
Hilaire (French) Ilaria (Italian)
This is the spelling of the name used by Mrs. Clinton, whose fame has temporarily taken this name off the table for babies. A pity, really, as it's got so much going for it: the popular, rhythmic three-syllable structure, the fact that it's strong but light, proper but jaunty, with an irresistible meaning -- having the same root as hilarious. The Italian Ilaria may be one way to make the name fresh.
Traditionally, Hilary was the form used for males and Hillary for females, but since there are so few boy Hilarys these days, that tradition has fallen by the wayside. A few other modern notables have laid claim to the name: musicians Hilary du Pre and Hilary Hahn, and actresses Hilary Swank and Hilary Duff.
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, American politician; former U.S. Secretary of State; 2016 U.S. presidential candidate
Hillary Dawn Scott, American country singer
Hillary Brooke (born Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson), American actress
Hillary Wolf, American actress
Hillary Lindsey, American singer-songwriter
Hillary Bailey Smith, American actress
Hillary Dawn Scott, American singer
Hillary Whitney Essex, character in book/movie "Beaches"
Hillary Banks, character on TV's "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"