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What does Lily mean?

Lily \l(i)-ly\ as a girls' name is pronounced LIL-ee. It is of Latin origin. Flower name via Old French, from Latin lilium. The lily is a symbol of innocence and purity as well as beauty. Actresses Lillie Langtry, Lily Taylor, Lily Tomlin, Leelee Sobieski.


Lily has 22 variants: Leelee, Lil, Lila, Lilas, Lili, Lilia, Lilian, Liliana, Liliane, Lilias, Lilie, Lilla, Lilley, Lilli, Lillia, Lillianne, Lillie, Lillika, Lillita, Lilly, Lilyan and Lilyanne.

For more information, see also related girl names Lilibeth, Rosa, Elizabeth and Lillian.


Lily is a very popular first name for women (#652 out of 4276, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#71372 out of 150436, Top 47%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Lily for girls. Lily reached its apex rank of #15 in the U.S. in 2011, and is at #27 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lily name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lily outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Lily and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Lily (#27 in 2014) are Elizabeth (#14 in 2014), Lillian (#25), Liliana (#119), Lilly (#124), Lila (#183), Lilian (#506), Lillie (#512), Rosa (#608), Lilia (#925), Lilla and Lilyan. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.6177%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.5798%, down 6.1%), with the forms Rosa, Lillie and Lilla becoming less in vogue. The most trendy baby names among these are Lillian (#25), Liliana (#119), Lilly (#124), Lily (#27) and Lila (#183), and there is a rekindling in birth name usage for Lila, Lillian, Lilly and Lily. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elizabeth, Lila, Lilia, Lilian, Liliana, Lilla, Lillian, Lillie, Lilly, Lily in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lilyan, Rosa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elizabeth, Lilian, Lillian, Lilly, Lily outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lily is pronounced similarly to Laila, Laily, Lala, Lali, Lally, Lalya, Leila, Lela, Lilah, Lilo, Lola, Lolly, Lula, Lulu and Lyla. Other recommended similar baby names are Eily, Lal, Liby, Livy and Lizy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lily.