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What does Trilby mean?

Trilby Pronunciation of Trilby [tril-by] as a girls' name. Literary name coined in the early 20th century: Trilby was the main character of the eponymous novel and play who became a great singer. The name hence possibly refers to vocal trills. A trilby hat is also a soft felt hat with a dented crown.

Associated with: 20th century (modern), play (opera), great, soft (gentle), crown (queen).


Trilby has 6 variants: Trilbea, Trilbee, Trilbeigh, Trilbey, Trilbie and Trillby.

Creative forms:
(female) Triby, Trildy, ..

(male) Triler, Trilta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Trilby Khalia (T.K.), ..

How popular is Trilby?

Trilby is a rare first name for women. Trilby is an equivalently unique last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Trilby was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #1912 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Trilby name in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alby, Briley, Brily, Fiby, Kelby, Kirby, Libby, Liby, Quinby, Selby, Shelby, Tabby, Tailor, Talley, Tally, Teil, Teill, Teille, Thilda, Thilde, Thisbe, Thoby, Tibby, Tiffy, Tilda, Tilde, Tildy, Tilley, Tilli, Tilly, Tiny, Toby, Tracey, Tracy, Trasey, Treacy, Tricia, Trina, Trine, Trini, Trinity, Tris, Trisa, Trish, Trisha, Trisia, Trissa, Trista, Tristyn, Trix, Trixee, Trixie, Trixy, Trudey, Trudy, Trule, Truley, Truly, Tsila, Tsilah, Tully, Twila, Twilla, Tzila, Tzilah and Tzili. These names tend to be more frequently used than Trilby.

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