Latin meaning: flower, symbol of purity, innocence and beauty
The meaning of the name “Lily” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Lily as a name comes from the Latin word lilium, both of which refer to the flower we know as a lily flower. This Latin word was borrowed from a series of other languages, but its roots are thought to be from ancient Egypt where the name of the lotus flower was taken in by the Hebrews and changed over time until it has ended as it is now with the word lily. Over the centuries lilies have come to represent purity and innocence, being used often in weddings and funerals or in religious celebrations such as Easter. It’s meaning is usually said to be “innocence”, “purity”, or “a blossoming flower”.
This name has a large number of variations used widely around the world, including Lilian, Lillian, Liliana, Lilliana, Lillie, Lilly, or Lillia. One similar name to Lily is the Hebrew name Susanna, which is derived from the same Egyptian origins and actually means “lily”. Some commonly used nicknames for Lily are Lil, Leelee, and Liana.
Popularity of the name was high in many countries in 2014, although it did not reach its overall peak usage in this year. In 2014 in the US it was ranked as the 27th most popular baby girl name, in the UK it was ranked at #9, in Canada it was ranked at #8, and in Australia it was ranked at #21. Outside of the English speaking countries, it was ranked #32 in Belgium and #41 in France in 2014. In the US the name was sparsely used until 1992 when it broke into the top 500 baby girl names chart, reaching its American usage peak at 15th most popular in 2011. The highest the name has ever been ranked was 2nd most popular in Scotland in 2011. It is particularly popular in England and Wales, where it was the 8th most popular name in 2007. It reached the 33rd spot in the US in 2006, and in the same year was the 10th most popular name in New Zealand.
Some celebrities and notable people who share the name are Lily Allen, a singer; Lily James, an actress; Lily Lane, a singer; and Lily Tomlin, an actress.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Lily for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Lily is a girl name.
The name Lily is of English, Latin origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Lily we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Lily Name Meaning
The meaning of Lily has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Lily are:
English meaning: Lily, Blossoming flower
Latin meaning: flower, symbol of purity, innocence and beauty
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Lily and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Lily and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Lily is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Lily Categories
The name Lily is in the following categories: American Names, Biblical Names, British Names, Earthy Names, Easter Names, English Names, Floral Names, Green Names, Harry Potter Names, Latin Names, Nature Names, Spring Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Lily. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Lily, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Lily
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Lily displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Lily Boy Name Popularity Chart
Lily Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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