Lily (name)

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Lily
Alfons Mucha - 1898 - The Flowers Lily.jpg
Lily, an Art Nouveau illustration by Alfons Mucha, 1898.
PronunciationEnglish: /lɪl/
GenderFeminine
Origin
Meaninglilium
Other names
Alternative spellingLillie, Lilly
Related namesLiliana, Liliane, Liliann, Lilibet, Lilibeth, Lillian, Lilliana, Lilliane, Lillianne, Lillybeth, Lilyana, Lilyann, Lilyanna, Lilybeth, Lilymae, Lilyrose

Lily is a feminine given name derived from lily, the flower. The name became particularly popular along with other flower names for girls during the 1800s and early 1900s. The lily also has associations with and has been symbolic of innocence and purity in Christian art.[1] [2] Names beginning with or containing the letter L have also been particularly fashionable for girls.[3]

The popularity of the name increased steadily in most countries in western Europe and English-speaking countries during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.[4]

Related or associated names include, among others, Lillian, Lilika, Liliana, Lilibet, Lilibeth, or Lilith.

Madonna of the Lilies, 1905, by Alfons Mucha.

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Some equivalents for the name Lily from other cultures include: [5]

  • Kielo (Finnish)
  • Đurđica (Croatian)
  • Azucena (Spanish)
  • Crina (Romanian)
  • Nari (Korean)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lily - Baby Name Meaning, Origin, and Popularity".
  2. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006). Oxford Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. p. 170. ISBN 0-19-861060-2.
  3. ^ Williams, Alex (12 June 2021). "Lilith, Lilibet … Lucifer? How Baby Names Went to 'L': Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hardly the only new parents gravitating toward quirk, family tradition and "L" names". nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Meaning, origin and history of the name Lily".
  5. ^ "Names Inspired by Spring Flowers". NamepediA Blog. 2 April 2021.