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Quick Facts on Lilian

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 495
Simple meaning:
God is my oath (Elizabeth) or Lily the flower

Characteristics of Lilian

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lilian

Lilian is a slightly altered version of the more commonly spelled Lillian (with two “l”s). Most etymologists believe that Lillian developed as a medieval pet form of Elizabeth, in which case Lilian means “God is my oath” (for more information on the historical background of Elizabeth, please see that name page). Others believe Lilian may have developed as an embellished version of Lily, from the Latin “lilium”, which describes a large, elegant and showy garden flower. Since the days of ancient Greece, the lily flower symbolized chastity and virtue (believed to have sprung from the breast milk of Hera, Queen Goddess). Later on the Lily flower became connected to ideals of purity and innocence surrounding the Virgin Mary in Catholic tradition.

Popularity of the Name Lilian

Lillian is currently the 25th most popular baby girl’s name nationwide (based on 2012 data). Lilian with one “l” is much less popular, but it’s still riding the tidal wave created by Lillian’s revival. Lilian was around in the late 19th century and early 20th century, but she pretty much retreated into the shadows by the mid-1920s. Lilian did not return to America’s Top 1000 list of baby girl names until recently in 1997 (right when Lillian began to show some serious promise on the charts). Even still, Lily has them all beat in the popularity contest (she was ranked #16 in 2012). Indeed, there are a lot of “Lily” names on the Top 1000 list today. Like Eleanor and Evelyn, Lilian is a name with antique charm written all over her.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lilian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lilian

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lilian

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lilian

    Lilian We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lilian.

  • Popular Songs on Lilian

    Popular Songs on Lilian

    Lilian - a song by Depeche Mode

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lilian

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lilian

    Lilian Finch: Her Maiden Voyage (Kelly Lin Gallagher-Roncace) - Lilian Finch was born in Crown Point, a fishing village in the Caribbean. In the early 1900s, women often died during childbirth, a fate Lilian's mother shared. Lilian's life was very different than most little girls-her father was a pirate. Henry "Dead Eye" Finch knew that he must take care of his little girl, but it was bad luck to have a female aboard ship, so Henry decided that as far as anyone was concerned, Lilian was a boy. As Lilian matured, she wondered why her father raised her as a boy. When Henry explained that it was for her and their family's best interests, Lilian understood, but longed to have her true identity revealed. One day, Henry decides it's time to take Lilian on her first voyage. They, along with their band of buccaneers, will face a kidnapping and a dangerous ambush from enemy pirates. Is Lilian doomed to a life of secrecy? Will her voyage prove to be her salvation or her demise? There are more books in the Lilian Finch series. Recommended for ages 13+

  • Famous People Named Lilian

    Famous People Named Lilian

    Famous People Named Lilian - Lilian Thuram (French footballer, male); Lilián García (WWE Diva); Lilian Baylis (English theater producer/manager); Lilian Harvey (actress); Lilian Jackson Braun (American author)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lilian

    Children of Famous People Named Lilian

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Lilian - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Lilian.

  • Historic Figures

    Lilian - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lilian - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lilian.

Personality of the Girl Name Lilian

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lilian

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