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Origin, Meaning, And History of Lily

The name Lily bears direct influence from the beautiful white flower. Alternatively spelled as Lilie or Lili, Lily is a feminine name popular in English, Hebrew, and Greek. This floral name is used as a shorter version of the English names Lilian or Elizabeth. The name originally comes from the Latin name of the flower “Lilium”. In Hebrew, the name Lily means “oath of God”. as a baby is a gift of God. In Greek mythology, the name is derived from the Greek word “leiron” referring to the white Madonna lily that represents motherhood and rebirth. For Christians, lily symbolizes purity and chastity.

In Christianity, lily has been associated with Virgin Mary. It was believed that the tomb of Mother Mary was covered with white lilies, and the different parts of the flower were attributed to her. The leaves symbolize her modesty, the white petals represent her chastity, and the stem represents her religious beliefs. The Anglican churches in England consider the flower as a symbol of Jesus’s crucifixion as they believe that his crucifixion and annunciation take place on the same day every year.

In Greek mythology, the flower lily was created from the breast milk of Hera, the wife of Zeus. However, the Roman goddess of beauty, Venus grew so jealous of lily’s elegance that she cursed the flower to grow a pistil from the middle.

The name Lily rose to popularity in the 2000s. In Virginia Woolf’s famous English classic ‘To A Lighthouse’, Lily Briscoe is one of the central characters who is a painter by profession. She represents the ideal artist of Woolf, who plays with masculine rationality and feminine empathy. Lily Potter is another fictional character from the famous Harry Potter series. She is the mother of Harry Potter and has been described as a kind and loyal woman by the author J.K Rowling. Lily is another character from the American animated television series ‘Kappa Mikey’ created by Larry Schwartz. The name Lily has been in the ‘Top 50 names in the US’ and has maintained a steady position for the last 15 years.


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Famous People With The Name Lily

  • Lily AuchinclossAmerican journalist, philanthropist, and art collector
  • Lily TomlinAmerican actress and a stand-up comedian
  • Lily BrownAmerican poet, author of Rust or Go Missing
  • Lily ZhangAmerican table tennis player, five times US national champion
  • Lily AdamsCanadian painter
  • Lily HalpernAmerican singer and performer

Lily On The Popularity Chart

Lily became popular all over the world during the 1900s. Take a look at the graphs to understand more.

Popularity Over Time

The name Lily has been soaring in popularity since the late 90s, with 5584 newborns having this name in 2021. The graphical representation shows how it became a popular choice over the years, with its peak popularity coming in 2011.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Lily was relatively less popular in the 1980s but earned the popularity of a top-ranking name in the 2000s. In 2011, it was ranked 15th according to the Social Security Administration data, which is reflected in the graph below.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Lily

If floral names like Lily are on your wishlist, you will also like similar-sounding names but with unique meanings. Take a look.

Names With Similar Meaning As Lily

Want to find some other names that signify purity or innocence? Here are some appropriate choices for your munchkin.

Name Numerology For Lily

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