Gender: Female Meaning of Lillian: "lily, a flower" Origin of Lillian: English from Latin Lillian's Popularity in 2019: #37

Lillian Origin and Meaning

The name Lillian is a girl's name of English, Latin origin meaning "lily, a flower".

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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Rank in US: #37

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Alice2678 Says:


My best friend's name is Lillian and I love it! everyone calls her Lilly which I like even more I think this is an amazing and beautiful name!

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