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Baby Names: Lily – Babble


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Meaning: Lily

Origin: Latin

Alternate spellings: Lillian, Lilly, Lillie, Lilian, Lilyana, Lilianna, Lilliana, Lillianna, Lilia

Teenagers and twentysomethings might know Lily only as Harry Potter’s mum, but for older generations, this name is all about Lily Tomlin. Long before her supporting roles in TV shows Damages and Desperate Housewives, Tomlin’s career took off in seventies comedy. And her name took off along with it; a chart staple until the 1960s, Lily fell off the list entirely until Tomlin pushed the name back into contender status. And it’s still on its way up – maybe thanks to Harry Potter. Longer version Lillian ranked #27 in 2009.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 124

2004: 53

2008: 24

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Lilie 485

Lilly 125

Lillian 29

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One thought on “Baby Names: Lily – Babble

  1. says:

    Lily is pretty, like a flower.

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