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Lily

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137k
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since 1880
Last Name
383
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lily

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lil"y
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  1. [Bot] A plant and flower of the genus Lilium, endogenous bulbous plants, having a regular perianth of six colored pieces, six stamens, and a superior three-celled ovary.
  2. [Bot] A name given to handsome flowering plants of several genera, having some resemblance in color or form to a true lily, as Pancratium Crinum Amaryllis Nerine, etc.
  3. That end of a compass needle which should point to the north; -- so called as often ornamented with the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis."But sailing further, it veers its lily to the west." [Sir T. Browne. ]
  4. [Auction Bridge] A royal spade; -- usually in pl. See Royal spade, below.

Note: ☞ There are nearly fifty species, all found in the North Temperate zone. Lilium candidum and Lilium longiflorum are the common white lilies of gardens; Lilium Philadelphicum is the wild red lily of the Atlantic States. Lilium Chalcedonicum is supposed to be the “lily of the field” in our Lord's parable; Lilium auratum is the great gold-banded lily of Japan.

Etymology: AS. lilie, L. lilium, Gr. lei`rion. Cf. Flower-de-luce

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers
Wiktionary

A nineteenth century flower name from the lily. Also a diminutive of Lilian and, sometimes, of Elizabeth.

  1. A female given name. Popular around 1900 and currently returning to favor.

Notable Persons Named Lily

Lily Collins is an actress and model. She was most prominent from 1991 to present. Lily was given the name Lily Jane Collins by her parent Phil Collins on March 18th, 1989 in Guildford, Surrey, England, UK.

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Lily James is an actress. She was most prominent from 2010 to present. Lily was given the name Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson on April 5th, 1989 in Esher.

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Lily Tomlin is an observational comedy and improvisational theatre comedian. Lily was given the name Mary Jean Tomlin on September 1st, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Lily Allen is a singer, songwriter, actress, and presenter. She holds the title LDN" and Smile". Lily was given the name Lily Rose Beatrice Allen by her parents Keith Allen (actor) and Alison Owen on May 2nd, 1985 in Hammersmith, London, England.

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Lily Rabe is an actress. She was most active from 2001 to present. Lily was born on June 29th, 1982 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Lily Aldridge is a model and model (people). Lily was given the name Lily Maud Aldridge on November 15th, 1985 in Santa Monica, California, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lily

Morgan Lily is an actress, model, child actor, and child model. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Morgan was given the name Morgan Lily Jane Gross on April 11th, 2000 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Amelia Lily is a pop music, dance music, and pop rock musician. She plays Vocals. She was most active from 2011 to present. Amelia was given the name Amelia Lily Oliver on October 16th, 1994 in Nunthorpe.

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Amber Lily is a pop music, rhythm, blues, hip hop music, and dance music singing, actor, and dance. She was most active from 2004 to present. Amber was given the name Amber Lily Solberg on January 18th, 1997 in Los Angeles.

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Gilded Lily is a comics character.

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Miss was born on March 1st, 1963.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 41 41 0
1881 46 46 0
1882 63 63 0
1883 62 62 0
1884 60 60 0
1885 88 88 0
1886 75 75 0
1887 59 59 0
1888 102 102 0
1889 84 84 0
1890 96 96 0
1891 73 73 0
1892 98 98 0
1893 83 83 0
1894 108 108 0
1895 101 101 0
1896 100 100 0
1897 113 113 0
1898 92 92 0
1899 115 115 0
1900 126 126 0
1901 89 89 0
1902 99 99 0
1903 95 95 0
1904 105 105 0
1905 134 134 0
1906 82 82 0
1907 104 104 0
1908 102 102 0
1909 109 109 0
1910 154 154 0
1911 130 130 0
1912 245 245 0
1913 212 212 0
1914 252 252 0
1915 343 343 0
1916 373 373 0
1917 330 330 0
1918 388 388 0
1919 368 368 0
1920 386 386 0
1921 407 407 0
1922 418 418 0
1923 418 418 0
1924 409 409 0
1925 363 363 0
1926 344 344 0
1927 370 365 5
1928 346 346 0
1929 302 302 0
1930 304 304 0
1931 268 268 0
1932 245 245 0
1933 242 242 0
1934 221 216 5
1935 210 210 0
1936 202 202 0
1937 178 178 0
1938 195 195 0
1939 168 168 0
1940 186 186 0
1941 166 166 0
1942 173 173 0
1943 160 160 0
1944 154 154 0
1945 142 142 0
1946 122 122 0
1947 138 138 0
1948 139 139 0
1949 131 131 0
1950 135 135 0
1951 134 134 0
1952 134 134 0
1953 130 130 0
1954 144 144 0
1955 164 164 0
1956 159 159 0
1957 149 149 0
1958 149 149 0
1959 127 127 0
1960 127 127 0
1961 128 128 0
1962 119 119 0
1963 124 124 0
1964 132 132 0
1965 94 94 0
1966 112 112 0
1967 94 94 0
1968 99 99 0
1969 116 116 0
1970 126 126 0
1971 122 122 0
1972 140 140 0
1973 103 103 0
1974 107 107 0
1975 122 122 0
1976 134 134 0
1977 107 107 0
1978 111 111 0
1979 151 151 0
1980 187 187 0
1981 222 222 0
1982 206 206 0
1983 206 206 0
1984 224 224 0
1985 241 241 0
1986 292 292 0
1987 308 308 0
1988 398 398 0
1989 421 415 6
1990 396 396 0
1991 470 470 0
1992 523 523 0
1993 555 555 0
1994 647 647 0
1995 852 852 0
1996 1,092 1,092 0
1997 1,355 1,355 0
1998 1,751 1,751 0
1999 2,123 2,123 0
2000 2,731 2,731 0
2001 3,193 3,193 0
2002 3,834 3,834 0 #79 girl name
2003 4,440 4,434 6 #69 girl name
2004 5,421 5,400 21 #53 girl name
2005 6,105 6,088 17 #39 girl name
2006 6,771 6,764 7 #33 girl name
2007 7,504 7,495 9 #27 girl name
2008 8,126 8,117 9 #24 girl name
2009 8,102 8,094 8 #18 girl name
2010 7,988 7,979 9 #17 girl name
2011 8,183 8,176 7 #15 girl name
2012 7,966 7,954 12 #16 girl name
2013 6,988 6,983 5 #27 girl name
2014 6,771 6,764 7 #27 girl name
2015 6,651 6,644 7 #25 girl name
2016 6,558 6,558 0 #24 girl name

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Popularity of Lily as a first name

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Popularity of Lily as a last name

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Common last names for Lily

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Lee
  • Williams
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • Davis
  • Martin
  • White
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • Phillips
  • Baker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lily U.S.
  White 56.92% 64.26%
  African American 22.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lily

People with the last name Lily are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Lily

  • How Popular is the name Lily? Lily is the 510th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Lily was the 24th most popular name. As a last name Lily was the 53,913th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lily have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 136,600 babies born with the first name Lily in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lily to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lily? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 41 new born babies.
  • When was Lily first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lily is Wednesday, December 9th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Lily born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lily was in 2011 with a total of 8,176 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lily!
  • Random Lily Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lily ranks 8th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 31 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Lily: Your name in reverse order is Ylil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lily. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lily? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 383 people with the last name Lily.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lily? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Lily as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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