English from Latin
"lily; pledged to God"

Lillian Origin and Meaning

The name Lillian is girl's name of English, Latin origin meaning "lily; pledged to God".
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.
# 51 in the US

Lillian Rank in US Top 1000

Lillian Popularity

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Famous People Named Lillian

  • Lillian Mathilde GenthAmerican impressionist artist
  • Lillian Evelyn Moller GilbrethAmerican psychologist
  • Lillian Diana GishAmerican actress
  • Lillian Florence "Lily" HellmanAmerican playwright
  • Lillian Nordica (born Lillian Allen Norton)American opera singer
  • Lillian RothAmerican actress and singer
  • Lillian Marie (Bounds) Disneywife of American mogul Walt Disney
  • Castello "Lillian" RandolphAmerican actress and singer
  • Lillian Russell (born Helen Louise Leonard)American actress and singer
  • Lillian Jackson BraunAmerican novelist
  • Lillian D. WaldAmerican nurse and settlement worker
  • Lillian Stewart CarlAmerican novelist
  • Lillian HobanAmerican illustrator
  • Lillian Debra WatsonAmerican Olympic swimmer
  • Lillian Eva Quan DyckCanadian Senator
  • Lillian Barbara BoardEnglish 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 in Pop Culture

  • Lillian Housea character in movie "Manhattan Murder Mystery"
  • Lillian Reardencharacter in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
  • Lillian van der Woodsenmother of Serena in the Gossip Girl series
  • Lillian 'Lil' DeVillecharacter in animated TV series "Rugrats" and "All Grown Up"
  • Lillian "Lilly" TruscottMiley's best friend on TV's "Hannah Montana"
  • Lillian Shepherdcharacter in video game Silent Hill: Homecoming
  • Lillian "Lily" Aldrincharacter on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
  • Lillian Kashtuppercharacter on TV's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
  • Lillian Rainescharacter on American soap "Guiding Light"
  • Lillian Donovancharacter in movie "Bridesmaids"
  • Lillian "Lily" Salvatorecharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Lillian Luthorcharacter in DC Comics
  • Lilliansubject of the song "Red Dirt Girl" by Emmylou Harris
  • Lilliancharacter in Aphmau's YouTube series
  • Lillian AxeAmerican rock band