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Gender: F Meaning of Lillian: "lily, a flower" Origin of Lillian: English from Latin Lillian's Popularity in 2015: #26

Lillian is having a remarkable revival, in the Top 25, the highest it's been since the 1920's. It was a Top 10 name in its Lillian Gish-Lillian (born Helen Louise) Russell-Floradora Girl heyday at the turn of the last century.

Now, with its trendy multi-L sounds, Lillian is seen by parents as a more serious and subdued cousin of the megapopular Lily. Lilian is another spelling.

TV actress Mary McCormack and director Baz Luhrmann both have daughters named Lillian.

Lillian probably originated as as a pet form of Elizabeth, completely independent of Lily.

Famous People Named Lillian

Lillian Diana Gish, American actress
Lillian Florence "Lily" Hellman, American playwright
Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth, American psychologist
Lillian Nordica (born Lillian Allen Norton), American opera singer
Lillian Roth, American actress and singer
Castello "Lillian" Randolph, American actress and singer
Lillian Russell (born Helen Louise Leonard), American actress and singer
Lillian Jackson Braun, American novelist
Lillian D. Wald, American nurse and settlement worker
Lillian Debra Watson, American Olympic swimmer
Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Canadian Senator
Lillian Barbara Board, English Olympic runner
Lillian Jean Cornell (b. 2000), daughter of American musician Chris Cornell
Lillian McCormack Morris (b. 2011), Daughter of American actress Mary McCormack
Lillian Amanda Luhrmann, daughter of Australian director Baz Luhrmann

Pop Culture References for the name Lillian

Lillian House, a character in movie "Manhattan Murder Mystery"
Lillian Rearden, character in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
Lillian van der Woodsen, mother of Serena in the Gossip Girl series
Lillian 'Lil' DeVille, character in animated TV series "Rugrats" and "All Grown Up"
Lillian "Lilly" Truscott, Miley's best friend on TV's "Hannah Montana"
Lillian Shepherd, character in video game Silent Hill: Homecoming
Lillian "Lily" Aldrin, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Lillian Kashtupper, character on TV's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
Lillian Raines, character on American soap "Guiding Light"
Lillian Donovan, character in movie "Bridesmaids"
Lillian "Lily" Salvatore, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Lillian, mentioned in the song "Red Dirt Girl" by Emmylou Harris ("But there won't be a mention in the news of the world/ About the life and the death of a red dirt girl named Lillian/Who never got any farther across the line than Meridian")