Gender: Female Meaning of Amaryllis: "to sparkle" Origin of Amaryllis: Greek

Amaryllis Origin and Meaning

The name Amaryllis is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "to sparkle".

If you love both unique baby names and flower names for girls, Amaryllis might be a perfect choice for you. A showier flower name than Lily, but in the same botanical family, Amaryllis is not as outre as it might at first sound. It was used in Greek poetry as the appellation of pure pastoral beauties; Amaryllis is the heroine of Virgil's epic poem Ecologues, after whom the flower was named. Other references are characters in the George Bernard Shaw play Back to Methuselah and The Music Man. James Bond-creator Ian Fleming had a half sister named Amaryllis Marie-Louise Fleming, who was a noted British cellist.

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Pop Culture References for the name Amaryllis

Amarillis, Amarylis, Amarilis


LadyMacbethWho??? Says:


I like this name, I think its a bit long though :/ I do like the nicknames Ama and Ryll

Tandy Says:


This is my great Aunts name. So lovely.

Daiseymae Says:


It was in a play that I saw.

clairels Says:


Are you sure you're not thinking of Amaretto?

Daiseymae Says:


I really do think this is a pretty name.

Angel Says:


Think of the mar pronounced like Mary and put the emphasis there. More like a-MARE-ill-is. I know it’s a totally wrong pronunciation of this name but I think it’s pretty, that’s all.

Lizzy Lou Says:


Except it's not pronounced that way.

Lizzy Lou Says:


"a-MERYL-lis" this makes no sense.

Daiseymae Says:


It reminds of a Western character or when you enter a bar and order an Amaryllis in a dirty glass. Make it fast!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name

beachbear Says:


I can't look at this name and not think of Winthrop saying, "Amaryllith"!

Kittyqueen08 Says:


I love this name, if I have a girl I plan on using this name to honor a grandma Mary. So many nicknames to pick from!

Lola Says:


A subtle honor name if you want to honor a Mary or Amy

vintageisfave Says:


I'm playing this character in my theater's production of The Music Man. Being the name nerd that I am, as soon as I found out I got the part, I looked up Amaryllis! Such a gorgeous name with a wonderful meaning!

grace147 Says:


love the definition, and the name is sort of growing on me too ;)

Amaryllis_Kathleen Says:


My name is Amaryllis, I have always liked my name and everyone always comments and says what a pretty name. even though it is hard to pronounce :)
But everyone calls me Ryll (pronounced rill)

Jinxgirl Says:


I think Amaryllis is interesting and unusual. Ryllis would be a neat nickname and you could always go with Lissie or Mary or Amy

Hydra Says:


Very pretty, though I'm more partial to the Spanish form of Amarilis.

SimoneKadele Says:


I know a girl named this. I think it's a lovely idea, but too much for me to use.

lesliemarion Says:


Love the word and the scent of the flower, but I prefer how it looks to how it sounds.

Cosvoren Says:


I have a long love for this frilly name...

Caroline Says:


I really like this!

indiefendi2 Says:


Amaryllis sounding like "I'm the realest" put me off from it. It's so pretty but that ruined it.

ldougie Says:


First things first Amaryllis. Haha my friend sent me that it said amaryllis on a street sign.

Angelicaecb Says:


I saw this name written and loved it. But then I heard it and realized it's pronounced a-ma-RILL-is and I just really don't like that. I'd love if this name WAS pronounced more like the name Meryl, a-MERYL-lis.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Not entirely. I think it's cool how you pointed that out. I never would have noticed. : ) Great eye. Some people might not know how to pronounce It though.

CocoWhite Says:


Are you referring to my comment? Cuz I totally agree with you on the "a-ma-RILL-is" pronunciation. I was just trying to emphasize the fact that the name Mary is hidden inside Amaryllis.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


A beautiful and unique name. I am fairly sure it is pronounced A-ma-RILL-is, as opposed to am-AIR-ee-liss

CocoWhite Says:


Could be an interesting way to honor Grandma Mary (a-MARY-llis).