Gender: Female Origin of Lilian: Alternate spelling of Lillian Lilian's Popularity in 2019: #604

Lilian Origin and Meaning

The name Lilian is a girl's name of English origin.

Lilian is the far less popular than the ‘Lillian’ spelling. To avoid a lifetime of mistakes and misspellings, we suggest you go with the Lillian spelling, which also looks more polished on paper. Whichever spelling you prefer, these names are benefitting from the fashion for girls' names starting with L.

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Rank in US: #604

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Famous People Named Lilian

Pop Culture References for the name Lilian

Lilly, Lila, Lillie, Lily, Lillyanne, Lilyann, Lillianne, Lilies, Lilyanne, Lillia, Lilyan, Lilianne, Liliann, Lillyan

Lilian's International Variations

Lilis, Lilika (Greek) Lelya, Liliya (Russian) Lilya, Lilja (Finnish) Lilia, Lilieana (Hawaiian) Lili, Lilli (German) Liliosa, Liliana, Lilias (Spanish) Liliane (French) Liljana (Polish)


lynn_wentworth Says:


I find Lillian/Lilian to be a bit over done, even though Lily is a delightful nickname. I would rather choose Lilith and get something a little more different.

moraea Says:


My daughter's name (after my ggma spelled Lillian). She prefers Lilia or Ian over Lily as her nn

Saffron_Rice Says:


It originated as a version of Elizabeth and so has that meaning too rather than "lily". I think it's pretty - prettier than the American-preferred spelling Lillian, which looks unbalanced to me. I'd like to meet a baby Lilian.

Catastroffy Says:


I have never met a Lilian, and I find the name just beautiful. I only hope it doesn't become too popular. *crosses fingers*

faithnamer Says:


This was my grandmother's name and I think it's beautiful! She changed her name to Lillian when she emigrated to the US from Denmark.

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