Quick Facts on Lilly
- French, Latin
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Lilly
Lilly is a simple spelling variation of Lily, which essentially comes from the vocabulary word for the flower of the same name, from the Old French by way of Latin “lilium.” The Lily plant is a large, elegant and showy garden flower. The usage of flower names for girls has been a relatively recent occurrence in English-speaking countries (compared to traditional Biblical names); nonetheless, they took hold more than 100 years ago and have become a staple in naming practices across the world.
Popularity of the Name Lilly
The name Lilly is the lesser popular variation of Lily in the United States. Lilly has been on the U.S. popularity charts since the Social Security Administration began tracking naming trends back in 1880, but it pretty much took a hiatus from usage in the early 1960s when it disappears from the charts for 30 years. The name Lilly reappears in 1995 and has been making big strides ever since, climbing almost 900 positions on the charts in about 15 years. Truth be told, Lilly really just shadows the success of Lily (with one “L”) to a lesser extent, and has been riding the wave of interest in 100-year-old names with antique charm. As far as “flower” names go, Lily is #1, followed by Jasmine, Violet and Daisy. As far as Lilly goes, it just comes down to a preference in spelling. But remember, the flower is spelled “lily” not “lilly.” It just means your daughter will have to go through life saying “That’s Lilly, Lilly with two L’s.” Maybe a small price to pay for a little departure from the norm. You decide.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lilly
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lilly
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lilly
Lilly We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lilly (see Lily).
Popular Songs on Lilly
La ballade de Lilly Rose - a song by Vanessa Paradis
Lilly - a song by Pink Martini
Lilly (Are You Happy) - a song by Hall & Oates
Little Lilly - a song by Widespread Panic
Children's Books on the Baby Name Lilly
Julius, Baby of the World (Kevin Henkes) - At first, big sister Lilly thought it might be fun to have a new baby in the family. But when her parents repeatedly coo, "Julius is the baby of world," Lilly's mouse hackles begin to rise. Soon the jealousy is too much for her, and she embarks on a rejection campaign that is hysterically funny, but also comforting for siblings who probably feel just as much resentment but would never go to Lilly's extremes. Part of a series on Lilly books. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.
Whale's Song (Dyan Sheldon) - Lilly is enchanted by the whales off the coast where she is staying with her grandparents. As she listens to her grandmother's stories about the gifts she would give to the whales, Lilly decides she will give them her own gift. What she receives in return from the whales makes this a touching and delightful story about the sea, the whales, and the importance of giving. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Lilly
Lilly - We cannot find any celebrities of significantly famous people with the first name Lilly.
Children of Famous People Named Lilly
Famous People who Named their Daughter Lilly - Kirstie Alley (actress); Phil Collins (musician); Stephanie Seymour (model)
Lilly - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Lilly - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lilly.
Personality of the Girl Name Lilly
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Lilly