Lily (name)

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A lily flower
Other names
Alternative spellingLily, Lillie, Lilly
Related namesPugliana

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.

The name is derived from the flower, whose meaning is "pure", "passion" and "rebirth".

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


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  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....