Gender: Female Meaning of Lily: "lily" Origin of Lily: English flower name Lily's Popularity in 2019: #34

Lily Origin and Meaning

The name Lily is a girl's name of English origin meaning "lily".

Lily came into use as a given name as a direct influence of the flower. The floral name was derived from the Latin lilium, itself derived from the Greek leirion. Lily later became an adjective to describe whiteness and purity.

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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Rank in US: #34

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Famous People Named Lily

Pop Culture References for the name Lily

Lilly, Liliana, Lilian, Lila, Leelee, Lil, Lillika, Lilyanne, Lilias, Lillia, Lilas, Liliosa, Lilium, Lillianne, Lillita, Lilli,

Lily's International Variations

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


Isabella_188 Says:


It's a really pretty name, but because I can't imagine this on a grown woman, I would only use this as a nickname for Lillian, Liliana, etc.

Isabella_188 Says:


I would only use it as a nickname for Lillian, Liliana, etc.

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


I hate this name SO much. It's too common and bland for me. Plus, I knew a Lily whom I disliked very much.

AliceTiger Says:


I LOVE this name so so so much. It’s a shame it’s so popular though 🥺

Annabvella Says:


I actually really like that the other way around

fearlessfirefly Says:


Anastasia Lily is my top girl name.

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.