Lily (name)

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A lily
Gender Female
Meaning lily
Other names
Alternative spelling Lilly

Lily is a feminine given name directly derived from lily, the flower. The popularity of the name increased steadily in most English-speaking countries during the late 20th century.[1] In the United States, "Lily" became one of the top-100 names for newborn girls in 2002 and reached a rank of 18 by 2009.[2] In England in 2011, Lily was the 3rd most popular name for baby girls.[3] In Northern Ireland, "Lily" increased in rank by 90 places in 2003, reaching the top 100.[4]

Following is a short annotated list of persons, real and fictional, sharing "Lily" as a given name, representative of the breadth in geography and time of the name's use.

Augmentative forms[edit]

Lily can be short for Lillian, Liliana or Lilith. It might be from the Greek word "louloudi" which means flower.


Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lily - Origin and Meaning of Lily
  2. ^ Search interface:; enter search parameter "name: lily" in the "Popularity of a Name" page section
  3. ^ "Lily Name Meaning Popularity and More". Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jack and Emma were the most popular first names in Northern Ireland in 2003" (PDF) (Press release). Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. 2004-01-02. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2008-02-14. Lily has risen from rank 162 in 2002 to rank 75 in 2003....