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Gender: Female Origin of Lily: English flower name Lily's Popularity in 2017: #33

The name Lily is a girl's name of English origin. Lily is ranked #33 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

Lily is the most popular of the popular delicate century-old flower names now making a return, thanks to its many irresistible attributes: a cool elegance and a lovely sound, a symbol of purity and innocence, and a role in Christian imagery.

Lily is a favorite of celebrity parents, including Chris O'Donnell, Kate Beckinsale, Greg Kinnear, Fred Savage, and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis (who made it a double bouquet, with Lily-Rose). The more proper Lillian is also rising in popularity, though Lily has long stood on its own.

Lily is an authors' favorite, some notable example being Lily Bart, the main character of Edith Wharton's House of Mirth, Lily Owens in The Secret Life of Bees and both mother and daughter of Harry Potter. Other current bearers are Lily Tomlin, singer Lily Allen, and actress Lily James. Two one-time starbaby Lilys are now celebrities on their own: Lily Collins, daughter of Phil, and Lily Rabe, daughter of Jill Clayburgh and David Rabe.

Lily is currently quite popular in Scotland, England, and Wales.

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Famous People Named Lily

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin, American actress and comedian
Lily Jane Collins, British-American actress and model; daughter of singer Phil Collins
Lily Maud Aldridge, American supermodel
Lily Rose Beatrice Allen, English singer
Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson "Lily James",English actress
Lily Luahana Cole, English model
Lily May Loveless, English actress
Lily Monica Donaldson, English model
Lily Rabe, American actress
Susan Mary "Lily" Yeats, Irish embroiderer
Lily Yeh, Chinese artist
Lily Camille McMenamy, English model and actress
Lily Omundson, daughter of actor Timothy Omundson
Lily Fraser (b. 1989), daughter of actors Hugh Fraser and Belinda Lang
Lily Grace Atkinson (b. 1995), daughter of actor Rowan Atkinson
Lily-Mae Evans, English actress
Lily Platt (b. 1995), daughter of actor Oliver Platt
Lily Armstrong (b. 1996), daughter of actor Curtis Armstrong
Lily "Remy" Weinstein (b. 1997), daughter of film producer Harvey Weinstein and Eve Chilton
Lily Moore (b. 1998), daughter of guitarist Gary Moore
Lily Anne O'Donnell (b. 1999), daughter of actor Chris O'Donnell
Lily-Rose Melody Depp (b. 1999), daughter of actor Johnny Depp and model Vanessa Paradis
Lily Mo Beckinsale-Sheen (b. 1999), daughter of actors Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen
Lily Cye Coleman (b. 2000), daughter of composer Cy Coleman
Lily Pearl Black (b. 2001), daughter of singer Clint Black and actress Lisa Hartman Black
Lily-Rose Purcell (b. 2003), daughter of actor Dominic Purcell; twin brother Augustus
Lily Dolores Harris (b. 2003), daughter of actors Ed Harris and Amy Madigan
Lily Margaret Brant (b. 2004), daughter of model Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant
Lily Katherine Kinnear (b. 2004), daughter of actor Greg Kinnear
Lily-Rose Womack (b. 2005), daughter of actors Mark Womack and Samantha Janus
Lily-Rose Chabal (b. 2005), daughter of rugby player Sebastien Chabal
Lily Aster Gottfried (b. 2007), daughter of American comedian Gilbert Gottfried
Lily Aerin Savage (b. 2008), daughter of actor Fred Savage
Lily Greenfield (b. 2009), daughter of actor Max Greenfield
Lily Hannigan (b. 2010), daughter of actress Pia Miranda and singer Luke Hannigan of Lo-Tel
Lily Bloom Iero (b. 2010), daughter of musician Frank Iero; twin of Cherry
Lily Abigail Brandt (b. 2010), daughter of country music singer Paul Brandt
Lily Bennington (b. 2011), daughter of singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and model Talinda Bennington; twin sister Lila
Lily Rose Gagné (b. 2011), daughter of ice hockey player Simon Gagné
Lily Tergesen (b. 2012), daughter of actor Lee Tergesen
Lily Christina Lloyd (b. 2012), daughter of actor Gareth David-Lloyd
Lily Georgina Walker (b. 2013), daughter of television personality Brooke Anderson
Lily Forsberg (b. 2014), daughter of ice hockey player Peter Forsberg
Lily Grace Victoria Rothschild (b. 2016), daughter of TV personality Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild

Pop Culture References for the name Lily

Lily Briscoe, character in Virginia Woolf's 'To The Lighthouse'
Lily Evans Potter, mother of Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series
Lily Luna Potter, daughter of Harry Potter
Lily Moon, original name of Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood
Lily Chen, character in Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments"
Lily Moscovitz, character in The Princess Diaries
Lily Aldrin, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Lily/Summer Robinson, character in "The Cellar" by Natasha Preston
Lily Sloane, character in movie "Star Trek: First Contact"
Princess Lily, character in "Princess of the Midnight Ball" by Jessica Day George
Princess Lily, character in "Entwined" by Heather Dixon
Lily, the white cat from Kiki's Delivery Service
Lily Bart, main character in Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth"
Lily Munster, vampire character on TV's "The Munsters"
Lily Goldenblatt, Charlotte's daughter on TV's "Sex and the City"
Lily Tucker-Pritchett, daughter of Cam and Mitch on TV's "Modern Family"
Lillian "Lily" Celia Bass, Serena's mother on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Lily Chandly, character in "The Basic Eight" by Daniel Handler
Lily Luster, character in 2012 film "Passion Play"
Lillian "Lily" Salvatore, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Lily, employee in the AT&T commercials
Lily, main character in 1982 film "Bayou Romance"
Lillian "Lily" Prescott, character on TV's "Hannah Montana" played by Emily Osment
Lily Roe Scott, daughter of Karen Roe and Keith Scott, sister to Lucas Scott on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Lily Bowen, character in video game 'Fallout: New Vegas'
Lily Mercy, character in movie "Montana Sky"
Panther Lily, character in manga/anime 'Fairy Tail'
Lily Calloway Hale, character in Krista and Becca Ritchie's Addicted Series
Lily Loud, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "The Loud House"
Lily, sister of Jonas in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
Lily Stein, character in DC Universe
Lily Summers, character on TV's "Switched at Birth" played by Rachel Shenton
Lily Saylor, character in movie "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House" played by Ruth Wilson
Lily, a Japanese Vocaloid.

Lily's International Variations

Lys, Liliane (French) Liliah, Lilika (Greek) Lilia, Liliya, Lia, Liya (Russian) Lili, Lilie (German) Lilike (Slavic)


TechnoKitten Says:


Childish and frilly, I can't imagine this on a grown woman

Carla jemma Says:


I didn’t like the name rose on its own coz it reminds me of old people & lavender so when I saw lily -rose as a name I thought that was better coz it has another flower with it & it suits me more than the names alone it’s ideal & a beautiful bouquet flower name & candy as a middle name I’m keeping it just in case I have a girl lily-rose candy

Marvel Says:


actually, I have only ever meant one other girl whose name was spelled like mine (Lily). I am named after the flower, lily of the valley. I know several other Lillies who spell their name like this: Lilly or Lillie because they are named Lillian which means flower. This Lily means pure, which I was surprised to find wasn't mentioned in the information above.

Daiseymae Says:


Me too.

bordercollie Says:


I can admit that Lily is pretty, but it has always sounded very flimsy to me. It's light and elegant, but insubstantial, a bit cutesy, and I can't imagine it on someone older than eleven. Lillian is far more mature in my opinion, and less overused.

Sillysarahlily Says:


My middle name is Lily, it was my dads aunts name, I quite like it

paulapuddephatt Says:


So, so beautiful

Tillie_Jay Says:


Ugh! Why is this name so popular? It's so cute and I love it, but I would never name anyone Lily because they'd just be one of the thousands. The name is just so pretty though!

vintageisfave Says:


I like this as a nn to Sybil:) also, I know the CUTEST little 2 year old named Lily. Her mn is Catherine!

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Swangirl Says:


I love this name so much. But i keep watching my friends using it on their babies and I have to call my little dancers in the same class "Lily S" and "Lily R" and I'm getting sadder and sadder...

RoddyThlayli Says:


When I was little I used to absolutely worship the name Lily, but now it just sounds sort of uninteresting to me.

Marlz81 Says:


I wish this name was less popular.

germanstar Says:


This name is really beautiful and cute for a little girl. A friend of mine has a young daughter named Lily and she is the only person I know whose name is Lily. That's why I can't even imagine this name on an older woman

01eurylil Says:


I am named after my great-grandma who's name was this. So even though it is popular, it has a lot of meaning.

Guest Says:


If it wasn't so popular (I HEAR IT EVERYWHERE!!) I'd love this pretty name. Thankfully I have my other flower choices ☺️

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


I agree. Its an extremely pretty name but also really popular. :/

basilietea Says:


This is my sister's name and I love it. It suits her brilliantly... She's a happy, sweet, loving little girl. Lily is so pure and beautiful, it's perfect.

AnonymousPerson Says:


Beautiful, but much overused.