Lily Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: LI-lee (key)

Origin of the name Lily:

Taken from the name of the plant having delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers regarded as a symbol of purity and perfection. The word is derived from the Middle English lilie, which is from the Old English and Latin lilium (lily). Alternatively, Lily is used as a pet form of both Lilian (lily) and Lilith (of the night).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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My name is Lily and I thought I was just a muggle but then turned out to have magical powers and so I became a muggle-born wizard. My sister, Petunia, thought I was nothing but a freak and a weirdo but then a then friend named Severus reassured that I was special and that we would both be accepted into Hogwarts, a school of witchcraft and wizardry. When I was 11, I went to Hogwarts with Severus but got sorted into Gryffindor, while he got into Slytherin. Over the years he was bullied by four boys in our year and i tried helping him but instead of thanking me, he called me a filthy mudblood (A terrible term for muggle borns like me) and soon he started to fancy the dark arts and I knew he was heading towards the direction of the dark side with you know who, so I told him I didn't want to have anything to do with him. Then, I fell for one of the four boys who bullied him called James, and he did change a lot for the better and so I married him. When I was 20, I gave birth to my son Harry but the next year, you know who found us and he killed James and I pleaded him to kill me instead of Harry and s...

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Lily is actually a shortening of my long name. The nickname has been stuck with me since I was born, mainly because it’s short, simple, and sweet. I like it.

My full name is Lillian and I've been called Lily my whole life. It's short and sweet, and people say I fit it well. I've also grown into it fairly well. As a child I expected to transition back to Lillian but it's a great name in all settings.

Lily is my best friend and she is so understanding and fun and cheerful all of the time. I love her so much. I love the name too.

Lily is a really good name for a lovely and funny little girl that I gave it to a 10-year-old cute girl in my book.

Nicknames for Lily: | Edit

Lily Pad
Silly Lily
Lili (pronounced LEE-lee)
Little Lils

Meanings and history of the name Lily: | Edit

The name Lily is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Lily is: Lily flower. Pure. The flower lily is a symbol of innocence; purity and beauty.
- Lily :)

Famous real-life people named Lily: | Edit

Lily Aldridge, American supermodel
Lily Collins, American actress
Lily Tomlin, American actress
Lily Allen, English recording artist and actress; daughter of actor Keith Allen
Lily Bennington - (b. 2011, twin) daughter of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and model Talinda Bennington
Lily-Rose Melody Depp - (b. 1999) daughter of actor Johnny Depp and model/singer/actress Vanessa Paradis
Frank Iero named one of his daughters Lily Brooke.

Lily in song, story & screen: | Edit

Lily Aldrin, character on TV show "How I Met Your Mother"
Lily Bart, character in Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth"
Lily Bass (formerly Van Der Woodsen, née Rhodes), character in the "Gossip Girl" books and TV show
Lily Briscoe, character in Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse"
Lily Finerty, Character from "Grounded For Life"
Lily Goldenblatt, character in TV show "Sex and the City" and its subsequent movies
Lily Munster, character in the TV show "The Munsters"
Lily Potter (née Evans), mother of the title-character in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series
Lily Luna Potter, youngest child and only daughter of Harry Potter and Ginevra Potter (née Weasley) in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series
Lily Tucker-Pritchett, character on TV show "Modern Family"
Lily, character in the children's books by Kevin Henkes (i.e Lily and the Purple Plastic Purse)
Lilly, character from The Princess Diaries
Miss Lilly, character in the "Angelina Ballerina" books
Tiger Lily, character in "Peter Pan"
Lily Redfern, a vampire character in the "Night World" series by L.J. Smith.
Lilianna (Lily) Robbins, character in Nancy Rue's ''Lily'' series for young Christian girls
Lily Trescott, character from "Hannah Montana" tv series/movie
Lily, daughter of David and Kylie on British soap opera Coronation Street.
"Lily" song by Benjamin Gibbard
"Lily's Eyes," song from the musical, "The Secret Garden"
"Lily (My One and Only)," song by The Smashing Pumpkins
"Pictures of Lily", song by The Who
"Lily Pond", song by Vashti Bunyan
"Lily and Parrots", song by Sun Kil Moon
"Tiger Lily", song by Luna
"Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts", song by Bob Dylan
"We Laugh Indoors" , song by Death Cab For Cutie features the name.
"Rocky Horror Picture Show", Janet recognizes her new sense of self by singing "God bless Lily St. Cyr"
"Lily" by John Kramon
"Lily" by Rebecca Schiffman
"Lily Two" by Matt Pond PA

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