Lillian

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434k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
153
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lillian

"Lillian" is a name of English origin, and it means "Lily". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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Used since the sixteenth century, possibly originally a pet form of Elizabeth, but generally accepted as a variant of Late Latin lilium "lily".

  1. A female given name. (This is the standard American spelling.)

Lillian was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Lillian

Lillian Gish was an actress. Her career lasted from 1912 to 1987. Lillian was given the name Lillian Diana Gish on October 14th, 1893 in Springfield, Ohio, U.S. She left this life on February 27th, 1993.

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Lillian Hellman was a playwright and writer. Lillian was given the name Lillian Florence Hellman on June 20th, 1905 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. She breathed her last breath on June 30th, 1984.

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Lillian Disney was an ink and paint artist. She was most active from 1928 to 1997. Lillian was given the name Lillian Marie Bounds on February 15th, 1899 in Spalding, Idaho, U.S. She passed away on December 16th, 1997.

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Lillian Fontaine was an actress. They were most prominent from 20 to 20. Lillian was given the name Lillian Augusta Ruse on June 11th, 1886 in Reading, Berkshire. They passed away on February 20th, 1975.

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Lilly Pulitzer was a fashion design and fashion designer. Lilly was given the name Lillian Lee McKim on November 10th, 1931 in Roslyn, New York, U.S. She passed away on April 7th, 2013.

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Lillian Moller Gilbreth was a human factors, ergonomics, management consulting, professor, ergonomics expert, and management consultant. Lillian was given the name Lillie Evelyn Moller on May 24th, 1878 in Oakland, California. She breathed her last breath on January 2nd, 1972.

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How popular is the baby name Lillian in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 672 672 0 #32 girl name
1881 723 723 0 #32 girl name
1882 836 830 6 #32 girl name
1883 913 907 6 #26 girl name
1884 1,115 1,109 6 #26 girl name
1885 1,143 1,143 0 #27 girl name
1886 1,282 1,282 0 #24 girl name
1887 1,314 1,308 6 #26 girl name
1888 1,663 1,656 7 #23 girl name
1889 1,647 1,640 7 #23 girl name
1890 1,872 1,862 10 #19 girl name
1891 1,821 1,812 9 #20 girl name
1892 2,164 2,154 10 #20 girl name
1893 2,202 2,193 9 #20 girl name
1894 2,448 2,441 7 #16 girl name
1895 2,507 2,495 12 #16 girl name
1896 2,713 2,702 11 #11 girl name
1897 2,696 2,683 13 #11 girl name
1898 3,076 3,061 15 #10 girl name
1899 2,711 2,703 8 #10 girl name
1900 3,425 3,414 11 #10 girl name
1901 2,698 2,681 17 #10 girl name
1902 3,076 3,063 13 #11 girl name
1903 2,984 2,972 12 #13 girl name
1904 3,149 3,139 10 #12 girl name
1905 3,196 3,185 11 #13 girl name
1906 3,307 3,293 14 #13 girl name
1907 3,557 3,542 15 #13 girl name
1908 3,643 3,634 9 #13 girl name
1909 3,611 3,596 15 #14 girl name
1910 4,142 4,127 15 #14 girl name
1911 4,380 4,367 13 #13 girl name
1912 5,598 5,568 30 #14 girl name
1913 6,036 6,015 21 #16 girl name
1914 7,387 7,354 33 #16 girl name
1915 9,570 9,546 24 #15 girl name
1916 9,618 9,592 26 #16 girl name
1917 9,876 9,843 33 #15 girl name
1918 10,009 9,986 23 #15 girl name
1919 9,541 9,515 26 #17 girl name
1920 10,075 10,049 26 #18 girl name
1921 9,792 9,769 23 #19 girl name
1922 9,457 9,428 29 #19 girl name
1923 9,361 9,327 34 #20 girl name
1924 9,132 9,097 35 #23 girl name
1925 8,377 8,353 24 #25 girl name
1926 7,688 7,661 27 #28 girl name
1927 7,229 7,184 45 #32 girl name
1928 6,619 6,573 46 #35 girl name
1929 5,754 5,711 43 #40 girl name
1930 5,479 5,449 30 #43 girl name
1931 4,843 4,806 37 #47 girl name
1932 4,382 4,352 30 #48 girl name
1933 4,021 3,998 23 #51 girl name
1934 3,996 3,972 24 #52 girl name
1935 3,439 3,423 16 #66 girl name
1936 3,134 3,116 18 #79 girl name
1937 2,917 2,899 18 #84 girl name
1938 2,838 2,824 14 #88 girl name
1939 2,569 2,554 15 #99 girl name
1940 2,536 2,523 13 #97 girl name
1941 2,478 2,460 18
1942 2,505 2,489 16
1943 2,407 2,394 13
1944 2,128 2,118 10
1945 2,026 2,017 9
1946 2,159 2,159 0
1947 2,089 2,089 0
1948 2,120 2,115 5
1949 1,950 1,944 6
1950 1,885 1,885 0
1951 1,834 1,825 9
1952 1,730 1,730 0
1953 1,665 1,659 6
1954 1,638 1,631 7
1955 1,662 1,654 8
1956 1,634 1,629 5
1957 1,612 1,603 9
1958 1,427 1,420 7
1959 1,469 1,469 0
1960 1,441 1,431 10
1961 1,316 1,309 7
1962 1,313 1,307 6
1963 1,173 1,167 6
1964 1,063 1,063 0
1965 1,024 1,015 9
1966 887 879 8
1967 846 841 5
1968 814 814 0
1969 779 773 6
1970 787 782 5
1971 681 676 5
1972 620 620 0
1973 564 564 0
1974 482 482 0
1975 454 454 0
1976 479 479 0
1977 470 470 0
1978 398 398 0
1979 444 439 5
1980 510 510 0
1981 518 518 0
1982 474 474 0
1983 451 451 0
1984 468 468 0
1985 550 542 8
1986 553 553 0
1987 531 531 0
1988 652 646 6
1989 695 695 0
1990 730 722 8
1991 768 768 0
1992 749 749 0
1993 736 736 0
1994 881 881 0
1995 942 942 0
1996 1,127 1,127 0
1997 1,393 1,393 0
1998 1,716 1,716 0
1999 2,195 2,190 5
2000 2,603 2,598 5
2001 2,949 2,949 0
2002 3,396 3,396 0 #96 girl name
2003 4,029 4,029 0 #76 girl name
2004 4,755 4,731 24 #65 girl name
2005 5,220 5,211 9 #50 girl name
2006 6,240 6,230 10 #38 girl name
2007 6,557 6,547 10 #33 girl name
2008 6,816 6,807 9 #29 girl name
2009 6,859 6,853 6 #27 girl name
2010 6,950 6,950 0 #22 girl name
2011 6,923 6,914 9 #22 girl name
2012 7,158 7,153 5 #25 girl name
2013 7,071 7,066 5 #26 girl name
2014 6,905 6,905 0 #25 girl name
2015 6,597 6,597 0 #26 girl name
2016 6,343 6,333 10 #28 girl name

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Popularity of Lillian as a first name

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Popularity of Lillian as a last name

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Common last names for Lillian

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Lewis
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lillian U.S.
  White 89.54% 64.26%
  African American 5.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lillian

People with the last name Lillian are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Lillian

  • How Popular is the name Lillian? Lillian is the 152nd most popular name of all time. In 2016 Lillian was the 28th most popular name. As a last name Lillian was the 114,424th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lillian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 434,422 babies born with the first name Lillian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lillian to occupy the country of Brunei with an estimated population of 422,700 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lillian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 672 new born babies.
  • When was Lillian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lillian is Sunday, October 30th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Lillian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lillian was in 1920 with a total of 10,049 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lillian!
  • Random Lillian Factoid: According to the 1930 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lillian ranks 50th in popularity as a baby girl's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, 82 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1930.
  • Weird things about the name Lillian: Your name in reverse order is Naillil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ialilln. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lillian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 153 people with the last name Lillian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lillian? Lillian is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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