Illyria Name Meaning & Origin
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I named my 1st daughter this. Yes it came from Joss Whedon's show Angel. She was not born until a couple of years after the show canceled. Most people think it is an old family name. There are a few that ask about the show. (Very few) I admit my husband didn't like it at first and only called her Lilly. He has changed his mind greatly and really enjoys the uniqueness that is only an Illyria can be. As far a meaning I have yet to ever find one. Just the historical stuff on the name of people and region. May be I can make one up. I'll have to think on that. Hope this helps as I have never meet anyone else with this name and may never.
We named our first daughter Ilyria. I first read it in Shakespeares Twelfth Night. We dropped one L because we didn't like the Ill look. I've had friends who were Italian say it must mean cheerful because of it's closeness to Ilaria. When people ask we tell them that's what it means, and she is cheerful!
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Illyria directly translated means FreedomLand
The Illyrians are the ancestors of Albanians. The name Ilir means FreeMan I-lirë
The Female version is Liria- means FreeWoman and Iliria means FreedomLand
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Illyria was a region in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula.
Ilaria is an Italian name that means cheerful, from which I like to think Illyria can mean the same.
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Illyria was the setting for William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Jean-Paul Sartre's Les Mains Sales, and Lloyd Alexander's The Illyrian Adventure.
Illyria was a character in the TV show Angel.