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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Arabic : Of the night; night demon
  • Latin : A flower

What does Lily mean and stand for?

The name Lily comes from the Latin word lilium. Lily, meaning "pure," "passion," or "rebirth," is derived from the flower of the same name.

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Lily

Famous people with this first name


According to Social Security Administration data, Lily rose to popularity during the early 2000's, shooting up from the 124th most popular name for girls in the US in 2000 to its peak as the 15th most popular name in 2011. It has been steadily declining in popularity since its peak.

However, it is the 27th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Isabella was at its peak popularity in May 2019.

Lily, meaning and named for the flower, has been used in Christian imagery and throughout history. However, it only became widely used very recently, growing in popularity in the late 20th century. It has become more popular than ever thanks in part due to the trend of celebs choosing it for their children including Johnny Depp, Kate Beckingsale, Fred Savage, and more. It's popularity may also be due in part to its use in pop culture, most notably How I Met Your Mother, The Munsters, and Harry Potter.

Where is it Popular?

Lily was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Lily

  • Lee
  • Lil
  • Lils

Pairs well with these middle names


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