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 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)
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)
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.