Name: Lily

Origin and Meaning of the Name Lily

  • Meaning:
    Lily
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (LIL ee)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Lily)
  • Rating:
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Miscellaneous Info for Lily

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Lily is the name of a flower and is ultimately derived from the Latin word lilium. They are often showy, with a noticeable scent and long stamens. 'Lily' is also used in the names of other plants such as the water lily (Latin name Nymphaeaceae) - which float on the surface of ponds and lakes, and have round leaves or lily pads, Daylilies (Hemerocallis) - named due to their similarity to lilies, and because they open at sunrise and close at sunset, and arum lilies (Araceae) which consist of a large leaf-like hood surrounding a single, central spadix or spike. The calla lily is another member of the araceae family.

    It reached the 33rd spot in the US in 2006, and in the same year was the 10th most popular name in New Zealand. It is particularly popular in England and Wales, where it was the 8th most popular name in 2007.

    Notable bearers include singer Lily Allen, actress Lily Tomlin and Lily Potter - Harry Potter's mother in the series of books by JK Rowling.

Similar Names to Lily for Boys & Girls

Popularity Rank of Lily (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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Lily - Rankings by Year

Girl ranks Girls Both ranks Overall
(Source: U.S. SSA)
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