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Gender: Female Origin of Lilian: Alternate spelling of Lillian Lilian's Popularity in 2017: #589

The name Lilian is a girl's name of English origin. Lilian is ranked #589 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Three-Syllable Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Royal names!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Lilian

(Mary) Lilian Henriette Lucie Josephine Ghislaine, second Queen consort of Leopold III of the Belgians
Lilian May Davies, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Halland; wife of Prince Bertil
Lilian Harvey (born Helene Lilian Muriel Pape), German-British actress
(Emily) Lilian Whiting, American journalist and author
Lilian Annette Garcia, Puerto Rican-American singer and wrestling ring announcer
Lilian Lee, Chinese novelist
Lilian Mary Baylis, English theater producer
Lilian Hardy, English actress
Lilian Bryner, Swiss racing driver
Lilian Maria Johanna Sibertha Helder, Dutch politician
Lilian Winstanley, British scholar, academic and writer
Leonore Lilian Maria, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland
(Lilian) Anette Börjesson, Swedish footballer and badminton player

Pop Culture References for the name Lilian

Lilian, character from TV series "Flash Gordon"
Lilian Kaushtupper, character from TV series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

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

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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