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Quick Facts on Lily

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 27
Simple meaning:
Lily flower (pure, innocent)

Characteristics of Lily

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lily

Like Rose and Violet, Lily is a flower name. The word comes from the Latin “lilium” (a lily) which was borrowed from the Greek “leírion” meaning the same. The interesting thing about the word “lily” is that it ultimately originated from a non Proto-Indo-European source; in this case Egyptian. The Egyptian root “sšn” or “seshen” represented the “lotus”, a flower of utmost symbolic importance to ancient people of Egypt. The lotus flower closes and sinks underwater at night, and then rises and blossoms again at dawn (representing the sun, creation and rebirth). The Hebrews borrowed the word from the Egyptians as “shoshannah” (שׁוֹשַׁנָּה) meaning “lily” and the ancient Greeks first used “souson” from the same place. The Hebrew Shohanna gave us the names Susanna, Susan, Suzette, etc (all meaning “lily”, too). They are all related to the ancient Egyptian “lotus”; the later Greek and Latin words for the lily flower were essentially a corruption of the earlier words. In 16th century England, the word “lily” also developed into an adjective meaning “pure, white, lovely” and later “pale, colorless” (as in lily-livered). The Lily plant is a large, elegant and showy garden flower. The ancient Greeks believed they sprouted from the milk of Hera (queen of the gods). As Christianity flourished in the early first centuries A.D., the lily flower became associated with the purity and chastity of the Virgin Mother. Lilies are also a common funeral flower symbolizing innocence restored after death. Naming baby girls after flowers became quite fashionable among English-speakers in the 19th century. This naming style eventually diminished in popularity in the later 20th century but is currently enjoying a revival. Lily is by far the most popular of the flower names today. It’s hugely trendy in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Ireland. It’s a Top 20 favorite in Australia, Canada and the United States; and it fares quite well in France and Belgium.

Popularity of the Name Lily

The name Lily has been in use in America for over a century, enjoying moderate popularity at the turn of the 20th century. Starting in the 1920’s, however, the name began to lose its status on the charts and all but disappeared by the 1960’s. Lily limped back onto the charts starting in the 1970s and 80s, but her true success has come in the 21st century. Lily landed on the Top 100 list for the first time ever in 2002, and then in 2009, she became a Top 20 favorite for baby girls. Her charming, delicate sound provides for an ultra-feminine and super flowery given name. The name also has many variants (Lillie, Lilly, Lillian) and is paired nicely with other names (Lily-Ann, Lily-May, Lily-Rose). It should be noted, however, that Lillian and Lillie developed as a pet form and diminutive of Elizabeth. Lily is specifically the name of a flower. It could also be considered a lovely name choice for baby girls born in May, since the lily is the May birth flower.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lily
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lily

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lily

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lily

    Lily Bart (The House of Mirth) Lily Bart is the heroine of Edith Wharton’s 1905 novel, “The House of Mirth.” The book explores the rigid social mores of the early 1900’s through its protagonist Lily Bart. An orphan who is taken in by “barely” wealthy relatives, Lily seeks to raise her status and security in society by marrying rich. On the outskirts of this well-to-do society into which she aspires, Lily is a beautiful, smart, witty and cunning woman – adept at playing the games of her social order. And yet she sabotages all of her prospects of marrying wealthy and living the luxurious life she so desires – as she is torn between the emptiness of her object and the need for true love and respect.

    Lily Melissa Owens (The Secret Life of Bees) Lily Owens is the narrator of Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Secret Life of Bees” (2002). Lily is a fourteen-year-old white girl in 1964, searching for her identity through her deceased mother's past. Lily is constantly tormented by her abusive father whom she refers to as T. Ray. They have a black maid, Rosaleen, who acts as a surrogate mother to Lily. Despite her troubles, Lily is very creative and daydreams of ways to escape her station in life, whether it’s getting to be a popular girl by going to "Manners School" or becoming a famous writer.

    Lily Potter (Harry Potter series) Lily Potter is Harry's mother in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series of popular books. She sacrificed herself to save Harry from Voldemort; Harry can hear her screams when Dementors are near. Lily was one of the brightest students of her time, and one of the "all-time favorite students" of Horace Slughorn. Horace describes her as vivacious, charming, brave, and "very funny." Lily had a natural and intuitive ability at Potions. She was named a prefect in her fifth and sixth years at Hogwarts, and became Head Girl in her seventh year.

  • Popular Songs on Lily

    Popular Songs on Lily

    Dixie Lily - a song by Elton John

    Have You Seen The Bright Lily Grow - a song by Sting

    Lily - a song by Joan Baez

    Lily (My One And Only) - a song by Smashing Pumpkins

    Lily of the Valley - a song by Queen

    Lily of the West - a song by Joan Baez

    Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts - by Joan Baez

    Lilywhite - a song by Cat Stevens

    Lonelily - a song by Damien Rice

    Pictures of Lily - a song by The Who

    Rock A Little (Go Ahead Lily) - a song by Stevie Nicks

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lily

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lily

    Coffin on a Case (Eve Bunting) - Henry Coffin is the son of a private investigator. His father runs Coffin and Pale Detective Agency. When his father is away on business, Lily Larson comes and asks for help to find her lost mother. Can Henry handle the case on his own? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Here's Lily (The Lily Series) (Nancy Rue) - Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is. In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty. This best-selling, biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    I Am Lily (Penguin Group) - Bringing the wit, humor and magic of Beatrix Potter's original world to a whole new generation of children, the Peter Rabbit TV tie-in program follows brave, mischievous Peter and his two friends--loyal and comical Benjamin and the brand new character, inquisitive and independent Lilly--as they embark on adventures in the big wide world outdoors. Meet spunky, independent Lily Bobtail, who just moved from the city to the rural Lake District. But this city girl is hardly troubled by risky countryside adventures. She has a special pouch full of items that proves helpful in getting her, Peter, and Benjamin out of trouble just in the nick of time! A daring girl, Lily is the perfect new friend for Peter and Benjamin. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    I love you Blue Kangaroo (Emma Clark) - Lily has a blue kangaroo that gradually gets pushed aside from her bed as she receives more and more stuffed animals. Blue Kangaroo begins to feel sad and rejected and joins Lily’s brother in his baby crib. Lily discovers that the baby has taken to the Blue Kangaroo and offers all her other animals in return for her true favorite. This is the first book in a series of “Blue Kangaroo” stories by Emma Clark. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Library Lily (Gillian Shields) - Lily loves to read. She is fascinated by the stories in her books, and reads wherever she goes—through summer, autumn, winter, and spring. But one day, Lily meets a girl who hates reading. Milly invites Lily to have adventures of her own—outside the pages of a book. Together the two friends help each other discover the joy of both backyards and books—and find on the way that adventures are best with a friend along. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (Kevin Henkes) - Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends. Lilly, the star of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World, is back. And this time she has her name in the title - something she's wanted all along. If you thought Lilly was funny before, you are in for a treat. So hurry up and start reading. Lilly can't wait for you to find out more about her. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lily (Keri Campbell) - Lily is the story of a young girl, adopted from China as a baby. The book tells about Lily's adoption experience and that of her new family, who travel to China all the way from America to adopt her. Lily not only gets a family of her very own, but inherits a group of very special friends in the process. These friends are referred to as her China sisters; other babies adopted at the same time as Lily, from the same orphanage. Lily's red thread is linked to many people, not just her new family... You can follow Lily's adventures in a special series of books. Lily's adventures are a mix of her life in American with its own special traditions and heritage.... and that of her birth land, China. Lily is written for children approximately ages 7-11.

    Lily and Trooper's Summer (Jung-Lee Spetter) - On the first day of summer, Lily and her dog Trooper look forward to the day ahead, doing as they please and having one adventure after another. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lily Lemon Blossom Welcome to Lily's Room (Barbara Miller) - Meet Lily Lemon Blossom, a delightful little girl who loves adventures and playing with her friends. Lily invites you to see her lovely room and meet her many friends, including Bunny Rabbit and Josephine her kitten who is always by her side. A quick peek into Lily's room will tell you quite a lot about her. The room comes alive with its vibrant colors and huggable plush toys. It's a happy place for a happy little girl and her friends. More titles available in the "Lily Lemon Blossom" series. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Lily Quench and the Dragons of Ashby (Natalie Prior) - As a family of dragon slayers, the Quenches of Ashby have always been burning successes... until the evil Black Count invades, and the family’s fortunes go into a downward spiral. Then a dragon unexpectedly arrives and Lily, the last of the Quenches, is called upon to fight it. Soon she finds herself on a desperate, magical quest to save Ashby from destruction—and restore the lost heir to his throne. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Lily the Little Princess (Daniela Drescher) - Lily the little princess loves to dance with her animal friends in the summer. But when winter comes her playmates all go to sleep, or fly away to warmer places. In spring, Lily sets off through the forest in search of someone like her, someone who also wants to play in the winter. Lily is helped on her way by an old tree, a badger and a hedgehog, until she happily discovers her perfect companion. This enchanting, simple tale and its beautiful illustrations lead into a world among the flowers that will capture any child's imagination. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lily's Crossing (Patricia Reilly Giff) - During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily’s friendship with a young Hungarian refugee, Albert, causes her to see the war and her own world differently. A 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Lily's Potty (Begin Smart Books) - The perennial topic of “the potty” is a welcome and essential addition to Begin Smart’s new Level 5 for children ages 2 to 3 years. “Where’s my potty? I have to poo and pee. Is it under the bed? Look and see.” In each story, Lily and Pete search around the house to find their potty at potty-time. Colorful gatefolds throughout the books show how Pete and Lily learn to use their potties. One book for boys and one book for girls make potty-time perfect! Recommended for ages 2-3.

    Sweetheart Fairies: Lily's Twinkly Bedtime Board book (Katie Peters) - Come play with these soft and sparkly fairy friends! With candy-sweet art and adorable, sparkly fairies, this board book with flaps and glitter is a treat! Every little girl will love to follow Jasmine, Rosie, Lily, and Daisy on their fabulous adventures. Recommended for ages 2-4.

    The Cobble Street Cousins Series (Cynthia Rylant) - A series of books about cousins Lily, Rosie, and Tess. They are sweet-natured and confident young characters sure to delight second and third grade girls! The books in the series include: “In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen,” “Little Shopping,” “Special Gifts,” “Some Good News,” “Summer Party” and “Wedding Flowers.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Parable of the Lily (Liz Curtis Higgs) - The Parable of the Lily begins with a mysterious gift on a gray wintry day and ends one Spring morning with a joyous discovery. The gentle Farmer from The Pumpkin Patch Parable lovingly helps His young daughter, Maggie, understand the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Trial by Journal (Kate Klise) - Lily Watson is twelve and in sixth grade. She's about to serve on a jury for a murder trial - all because of a new law saying a child must serve on the jury when a trial concerns a child victim. Lily’s teacher asks her to keep a journal about the experience. This is a lightweight mystery featuring a very precocious heroine named Lily! Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Lily

    Famous People Named Lily

    Famous People Named Lily - Lily Tomlin (actress/comic)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lily

    Children of Famous People Named Lily

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Lily - Chris O'Donnell (actor); Christine Baranski (actress); Clint Black (country musician); Dianne Wiest (actress); Ed Harris (actor); Greg Kinnear (actor); Jill Clayburgh (actress); Johnny Depp (actor); Kate Beckinsale (actress); Kathy Ireland (model/businesswoman); Kevin Costner (actor); Lisa Hartman Black (actress); Meredith Vieira (journalist)

  • Historic Figures

    Lily - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lily - We cannot find any historical significant people with the first name Lily.

Personality of the Girl Name Lily

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lily

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