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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • English :  Lilium; Flower 
  • English : from a pet form of the female personal name Elizabeth

What Does Lilly Mean and Stand For? 

Lilly comes from the flower Lilium, and can be a nickname for Lilian, Liliane, or Elizabeth. It is of English origin, symbolizing innocence, purity, and beauty. 


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How Popular Is The Name Lilly

Family name origins & meanings


  • English : nickname for someone with very fair hair or skin, from Middle English, Old English lilie ‘lily’ (Latin lilium). The Italian equivalent Giglio was used as a personal name in the Middle Ages. In English and other languages there has also been some confusion with forms of Giles.
  • English : habitational name from places called Lilley, in Hertfordshire and Berkshire. The Hertfordshire place was named in Old English as ‘flax-glade’, from līn ‘flax’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Berkshire name is from Old English Lillinglēah ‘wood associated with Lilla’, an Old English personal name.

Famous people with this last name

What Does the Name Lilly Mean? 

Lilly is a girls' name of English origin, coming from the plant named Lilium or "Lily." Lily flowers are symbolic of innocence, purity, and beauty. 

This spelling of Lilly is becoming increasingly popular, rivalling the more traditional single-L spelling of the name. 

Lilly can also be a nickname for Lillian, Liliane, or even Elizabeth. 

How Popular is the Name Lilly? 

Lilly is the #218 most popular name in the U.S., according to Social Security Administration data. It has been steadily increasing in popularity since the year 2000, but is still far behind the more traditional "Lily," which ranked #31 in 2021. However, Lilly ranks #11 on 

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Lilly was at its peak popularity in August 2017. 

Popularity of the Name Lilly in the United States

Lilly was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • Indiana
  • South Carolina
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • West Virginia 

Famous People Named Lilly and Lilly in Pop Culture 

Famous Lilly's include Canadian YouTuber and talkshow host Lilly Singh, American swimmer Lilly King, and English singer Lilly Winwood. 

The name Lilly features in TV shows, movies, and books such as The Princess Diaries, Veronica Mars, Hannah Montana, John Irving's Hotel New Hampshire, and British soap opera Eastenders

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