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I've heard 2 ways to say it. The first one is "Holy", another one is [ˋhɑli], which is right?

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The name is always pronounced 'hah-lee', never 'hoe-lee'. – Mitch Oct 18 '11 at 2:07
British IPA is həʊli for the religious meaning, and hɒli for the evergreen/girl's name - which is probably the same for US speakers, but Brits certainly don't say 'hah-lee'. – FumbleFingers Oct 18 '11 at 2:17
Yes, that was AmE pronunciation in informal transcription. in the LOT lexical set. – Mitch Oct 18 '11 at 3:28

The given name Holly comes from the name of the plant and it's pronounced the same way. You can hear both US and British pronunciations here.

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The pronounce buttons are not working.... – lamwaiman1988 Oct 18 '11 at 5:21
@gunbuster363 That may be a problem with your computer. Anyway, here's an alternative: forvo.com/word/holly/#en – z7sg Ѫ Oct 18 '11 at 13:35

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