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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 Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Drop 2 Add 1 pick a fave that can't be dropped".

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
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 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
Lillian Bounds Disney, wife of Walt Disney

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 Campbell, a cousin of Andromeda Campbell, fanfiction character from the prequel to "The Outsiders"
Lillian, character in Aphmau's YouTube series
Pamela Lillian Isley, the real name of Batman villain "Poison Ivy"