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Gender: Female Meaning of Lillian: "lily, a flower" Origin of Lillian: English from Latin Lillian's Popularity in 2017: #27

The name Lillian is a girl's name of English, Latin origin meaning "lily, a flower". Lillian is ranked #27 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Lillian is having a remarkable revival, rising to a peak of Number 21 in 2010 (the highest it's been since the 1920's) before dipping slightly in recent years. 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.

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Famous People Named Lillian

Lillian Mathilde Genth, American impressionist artist
Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth, American psychologist
Lillian Diana Gish, American actress
Lillian Florence "Lily" Hellman, American playwright
Lillian Nordica (born Lillian Allen Norton), American opera singer
Lillian Roth, American actress and singer
Lillian Marie (Bounds) Disney, wife of American mogul Walt Disney
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 Stewart Carl, American novelist
Lillian Hoban, American illustrator
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 musician Chris Cornell
Lillian Amanda Luhrmann (b. 2003), daughter of director Baz Luhrmann
Lillian Grace 'Lilly' Kaiser (b. 2005), daughter of actress Tina Yothers and Robert Kaiser
Lillian Adel Cummins (b. 2008), daughter of singer Tiffani Wood and Neil Cummins
Lillian McCormack Morris (b. 2011), daughter of actress Mary McCormack
Lillian Catherine Nail (b. 2015), daughter of singer David Nail; twin brother Lawson Brent

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 Luthor, character in DC Comics
Lillian, subject of the song "Red Dirt Girl" by Emmylou Harris
Lillian, character in Aphmau's YouTube series
Pamela Lillian Isley, the real name of Batman villain "Poison Ivy"
Lillian Axe, American rock band


Eliane Says:


Oh Lillian, look what you've done! You stripped my heart, tore it apart in the name of fun, oh Lillian...

Eliane Says:


I love it because of the song ‚Lillian‘ by Depeche Mode!

paulapuddephatt Says:


So beautiful

LV51sfan91 Says:


We are naming our baby this if she's a girl after her Nana!!!!

foreverharriet Says:


Aren't Lillets a brand of tampons?

RoddyThlayli Says:


I used to really love this name when I was younger but now it sounds sort of . . . . eh. I don't know why.

Liln04 Says:


This is my name! I didn't know it originated from Latin. So many people prefer to call me Lily

indiefendi2 Says:


I gotta say, I prefer Lilian for some reason.

Sarah8 Says:


This name is pretty popular, and I can see why because I love it too. But if you want to use the nn Lilly, then a great alternative could be Lillett (Lie-Lett) or (Lil-ett). I couldn't find this name here on Nameberry, but I looked it up and apparently it means "a budding Lilly" in Latin. :)

sullbeck Says:


If you don't it to be so popular add an extra name after it like Mary so it would be Lillian-Mary but try to make the second name shorter if just flows better with the pronunciation of it.

mabespark Says:


It's so elegant and pretty.

Leah3456 Says:


Gorgeous old-fashioned name that is red-hot popular. Love the nickname Lily!

DearestJules Says:


Just wanted to point this out: If "Lillian probably originated as as a pet form of Elizabeth, completely independent of Lily," then why is the meaning listed as "lily, a flower"?

Mia42 Says:


Lillian is so chic!

faithnamer Says:


This was my Grandmother's name! I think it's beautiful.

lilian Says:


my name ^-^ T^T I don't want it to be too popular though!

rainierloner Says:


I love this name so much! If only it wasn't so popular... :P