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Gender: Female Origin of Lilly: English Flower name Lilly's Popularity in 2017: #153

The name Lilly is a girl's name of English origin. Lilly is ranked #153 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

Lilly may contain one L too many for some people, though this secondary spelling of a name that's become wildly popular is still a popular choice. And the Lilly spelling does feel a bit less wispy, a bit more like a name as opposed to a mere flower, than the slender and delicate Lily. Lilly suggests the long form Lillian, but it doesn't need to be an abbreviation for anything; Lilly can stand on its own.

However, if you love the flower name but want to make it a little different, you've got to move far beyond Lilly -- or Lillian, Liliane and sisters. You might consider Susannah, which means lily, or a more exotic bloom like Azalea or Lotus.

Find other names based on Lilly using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Lilly

Lillian Lee "Lilly" (McKim) Pulitzer, American fashion designer and socialite
Lilly Ledbetter, American women's fair pay activist
Lilly Singh, Canadian YouTuber
Lilly Scholz, Austrian pair skater
Lilly King, American swimmer
Lilly Winwood, English singer; daughter of musician Steve Winwood
Lilly McDowell, daughter of actors Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell

Pop Culture References for the name Lilly

Lilly Rush, main character on the TV series "Cold Case"
Lillian "Lilly" Truscott, character on TV's "Hannah Montana"
Lilly Moscovitz, character in the Princess Diaries series
Lillian "Lilly" Kane, character in TV's "Veronica Mars"
Lilly Gilkeson, character in film "The Missing"
Lilly Berry, a character in "Hotel New Hampshire" by John Irving
Lilly Mattock, character on British soap "EastEnders"
"Lilly Turner," 1933 film and its main character
Liliana "Lilly" Mendoza, character in the Young Adult book, "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe", by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Lilly Satou, character in the visual novel "Katawa Shoujo"


burg123 Says:


I like the name Lilliana with the nickname Lilly

lillia_ Says:


My full name is Lillia and I'm called Lilly. I love that both names are not what people expect. People expect it to be spelled "Lily" and expect my full name to be "Lillian". I love having a unique name!

scblovesnames Says:


Lilly is my grandmothers nickname (even though her name isn't Elizabeth, not even remotely related to Lilly). If I ever have a daughter I will name her Lilly. I love this name. I love this spelling.

Toya B Says:


I would prefer this spelling, and definitely like it but I was bullied by a girl called Camilla, nn Lilly, at primary school. I still feel it is the 'proper' spelling though :)

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Much prefer this spelling to Lily. Lily is gorgeous but Lilly feels more wholesome and complete. It is also a less common choice but is still heard of by parents. When I was younger I thought this was the only spelling for Lilly/Lily. I was surprised to find out that most Lily's/Lilly's spell it with 1 l. I still prefer this spelling not sure why but think it is beautiful.

Cara Jane Says:


I think Lilia is a good alternative if you like Lily/Lilly but it's too popular for you. It's also sweeter than Lillian in my opinion, and not as over-the-top as Liliana.

EmChristopher Says:


Absolutely adore this spelling. Would consider it but it's too popular where I live :-(

enjc2802 Says:


My little sister's name is Lilly. It's not short for Lillian, it's just Lilly. It's funny because my parent's spelled it like that because they didn't want people to think it means the flower.