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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Lily

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Lily in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Lily:

  • Records indicate that 107,750 girls in the United States have been named Lily since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2011, when 8,112 people in the U.S. were given the name Lily. Those people are now 8 years old.

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    Comments about the name Lily

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      33 Positive Comments

  • "I love my name and I often get comments that I ?look like a Lily?. The only thing I don?t like about it is that there are so many young girls with that name. I work in retail at a theme park and I meet tons of little girls named Lily. It gets really confusing when their mothers yell at them, I always think I?m getting yelled at." Jan. 4, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jessica-Lily I love my name I prefers Lily to Jess but everyone automatically shortens my name to Jessica which is so annoying" Oct. 23, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lily (not short for anything). A bunch of peoples have been fussing about how the name Lily is common nowadays, I?m in high school and I?m literally the only Lily in the school" Oct. 22, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lillie but it is spelt a different way and I am glad that my parents chose to spell it a different way so it is more unique. :)" Jul. 19, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love this name! It's beautiful, innocent, pure and resembles a flower! Very lovely! So blessed to have this name! 😍😍😍👼👼👼" Mar. 20, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name, Lily. Tbh i don't get why people fuss over a name? like it's a name? it's not a poisenous bottle that's gonna kill you, don't say negative stuff about names because someone who is called that will feel like crap. Everyone thinks Lily means perfect and Pure and therefor all lily's are so. But that's wrong, plus I've only ever meet 1 other Lily in my entire life." Mar. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Everyone who says the name lily is stupid has problems. My name is Lily and i am 11 years old. There shouldn't be people on the internet saying that someones name is stupid and ugly. I think the name lily is beautiful and people picked this name because it is a lovely name. Never feel discouraged over your name." Dec. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is lily and I love my name because it is not so generic it is different and special and I love how it sounds and people can call me lil for short!" Dec. 19, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I to have the name of Lily. I love it, it feels powerful yet classy. I love it because of the flower its beautiful, elegant you can also shorten and just call the 'lil'." May. 25, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lily Eris and I'm five. I was named after Lily Lake in Harrison, Michigan. My middle name comes from the Greek goddess of discord, which my parents say fits me. I know a Lily, but her full name is Lillian. I like both names. And I also like to read. Bye." Sep. 20, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Lily in 1999. It was not a popluar name at the time, and she has never met another Lily her age. I named her this because I thought it was feminine AND strong, and that's how my Lily is now at 14 years! She's the only Lily in both her elementary and her high school. I was born Susan in 1968 and I always had at least one other Susan in my class, if not more! I wanted to give her an uncommon, yet not unusual name. I'm a little disappointed that it's hit the top 100 in recent years." Dec. 3, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Keira Lily Tiger. Lily is my favorite flower. She came out with lots of dark hair. She is mixed race of Caucasian (me) and Native American ( her dad). Looks like her dad." Sep. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Lily. It's my youngest daughter's name, and the only reason i didn't give it to my first child is because Mia had been a favourite of mine for years. My Lily is a Lily Skye, though we were considering Lily Rose, Lily Hope, Lily May and Lily Gabrielle. Also, i had to laugh at a comment that said Lily is unique- i really don't think it is! It's been around for years, and it's also in the top ten baby girl names of 2010." Jan. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lily, and I'm named after the Calla Lily. I'm always afraid of telling people my "beautiful" middle name, fearing they will tell other people and other people will tell other people and then my beautiful and unique name will be stolen. :( I adore my name, but I hate that so many people are naming their kids Lily. It upsets me a lot, making me think that my name is no longer unique as it was so much before. I much more like my middle name (as it very uncommon in the US), but I am stuck with Lily. Oh, well. Actually, I'm stuck with "Lilly" as that's how so many people spell it. I hate that no one's ever heard of the Calla Lily or knows how to spell it." Aug. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Lily 12 years ago; I'm a botanist and her father is a horticulturist and it seemed right. Like a lily, she has grown up to be tall and fair; she is pure of heart and beautiful. It's the perfect name for her." Jan. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lily and I'm 17 and i absolutely love my name even though a few years back i may of of said that but i LOVE it now because no one my age has it which is nice as most of there names are fairly bland and boring, my only concern is that i hear my name alot for younger children now in there toddler years which i find fairly annoying because i liked that my name was different and insual. my full name is 'Lily Rose' and i think they go together nicely as they are both flowers but they do not sound out of place or wierd put together but all in all i love my name (:" Dec. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names lily but spelled L-I-L-I i love it(: its uncommon but it doesn't sound weird&the way its spelled makes it more unique. when i was growing up, it wasn't really popular, but suddenly a lot of couples are starting to name their daughters lily D:lol" Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I will give this name to my girl friend. She is 25-year old Chinese girl living in Australia." May. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter has just named her new born Caitlyn Lily so feminine I think." Apr. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 25 and my name is Lily. When I was growing up it wasn't popular at all but people would always tell my mom that they loved my name and that the name suits me. When I was in H.S. I really started loving my name b/c it was different without being odd. Now that it has become popular... it's strange for me to hear people call their little girls Lily. I just think to myself..."it was my name first"." Mar. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I read with interest the last comment. I gave my daughter the name Olivia but when everyone began calling her Livvy I quickly stopped it and now she is 19 and commonly known as Lily to most. I love both names as Lily does." Mar. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thats my name, well it's Lillian but evryone just calls me Lily!" Jul. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Really cute, but im put off using it because its becoming so popular!" Jun. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my granddaughter's name, and it is appropriate. At 4 she is a lovely little flower. She likes her name and all things floral, as well as animals." Jun. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lili except it is spelled Lili instead of Lily. I love my name. I also love how it's spelled because I have met other Lilys but none of their names are spelled with an I at the end instead of a Y." Jan. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I wasnt sure when my sister was going to name her daughter Lily. But it grew on me...she looks just like a Lily. They spell it Lyllie. Which is unique." Sep. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "EASY TO REMEMBER AND PRONOUNCE, SOUND SWEET AND BEAUTIFUL." Jul. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother's name was Lily and we have decided to name our first girl Lily. Such a sweet name." May. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named her after her 94 year young great was a beautiful name then and it is now...!!!" Jan. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sister was born Lily in may of 2001. she was 25 weeks and 1 lb. 9 oz. my dad wanted to name her lillian and my mom didn't like it, so they compromised with lily anne." Dec. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Lily and everyone I know wants to name their child Lily. It is so pretty, cute, and fun. I am the only one my age with the name which is wonderful because it is unique but not strange. Also, there are lots of cute nicknames like lilypad, lilybitt, lilyflower, and waterlily." Dec. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have a "Tiger Lily" too, and it just fits her perfectly! And to think her father wanted to name her Violet... NAH!" Nov. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "well sehs still very young but a miracle lil who was born at 25 weeks and only 2 pounds 1 ounce. shes my lily flower who keeps on blooming" Jun. 9, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I don't like the name Lily because it sounds too perfect and pure. I like names that are pretty, but have a rough edge. Lily is just too simple, too innocent, too lovely, with no sass or character." Feb. 25, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my oldest Lily in 1992 and now really regret it. At that time it ranked near number 500, now it is number 6. I feel as if I named her "hey girl". Whoever names their daughter Lily at this time is just cruel. Take it from someone named Michelle in 1967." May. 14, 2012: Report as inappropriate

      18 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Liliana but I go by Lily and I think both versions of the name are beautiful" Oct. 4, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lily.I am 10 and the people that said those mean comments really hurt my feelings and i am saying that for all the Lily's in the world. "She is worth more than rubies" Proverbs 31:10" Jan. 23, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lily Elizabeth and I was born in early 1996. My name was very unusual, even in england. I don't really mind that lots of younger girls have the name nowadays, its timeless and I've never met anyone my age or older with the name" May. 13, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes a lot of people spell my name wrong they think it's Lily but it's actually Lili. Apparently it's a unique way to spell it." May. 7, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "right now im 17 and since i was about 15 ive wanted to have a daughter named lily. i cant wait to be able to name her that i just hope the years go by fast !" Oct. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name I called my daughter this but spelt it Lilee xxx" Jul. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is lily and i am 11 years old i used to hate my name but then i realized it its unqiue and creative i love my name!" Nov. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I named my daughter Lily 11 years ago, nobody was doing it. When she was a newborn, the only other Lily I came across was an elderly lady in a fabric store. She was shocked that my baby's name was Lily, and I was excited that hers was." Nov. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was about 10 I decided that I wanted to name a daughter Lily. We have a custom in my family of natural names, and I thought it was perfect because it is very feminine and natural without being hippy or weird. Unfortunately the name has become incredibly popular lately and I'm not sure I will be able to use it. If your after natural names the ones in my family (two generations) are Rowan, Cherry, Martin, Robin, Heather, Brook, Pearl, Arum and Rose (me)." Jul. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm reading here about a lot of Lily's who feel as if their name is being "stolen" per-say. I understand this, I am an Abby, plain and simple Abby. It is quite more common now than it was 28 years ago when I was given my name. Oh well. I now have a Lily Raine, a beautiful daughter who was named after two different great-grandmothers. Her Dad's grandma Lily and my grandma Lorraine. I wanted to call her Raine, but Raine Lily just didn't have the same ring to it as Lily Raine. So I thought I would call her by her middle name. In the hospital we tried calling her Raine, but it just wouldn't come out. Her name WAS Lily, no doubt about it. She will be turning a year in 2 weeks and she is the most perfect Lily I have ever met, and her name suits her to a tee. To those who feel their name is being stolen, just feel blessed that someday soon you might be able to find a pen or keychain with your name on it in a grocery store! That was always a bummer for me!" Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Lily Moon Beam. Her sister is Mazie Sun, and brother...Eli Christopher. I think all the names flow beautifully together. Beam is their last name." Jul. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to like how nobody anywhere had my name Lily, but now i start to see everywhere little kids named Lily. Now I don't think of it as a very unique name, but it was when I was born." Jul. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lily and I think it suits my personality well. I don't know a lot of other people named Lily, but recently I've discovered that a fair number of couples are beginning to call their girls "Lily" again." Mar. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think spelling Lilly like Lily is much more sheek and modern!" Dec. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is lily but its spelled lili when i was a little kid i hated my name because i thought it was spelled weird but now i LOVE my name because its uncommonly spelle" Apr. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ilove this name. It seems so sweet and uncumbered compared to "Lilly" or "Lillie"" Feb. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, it's a good name for a little girl and it also isn't too young sounding for an adult." Feb. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We did name our daughter Tigerlily and were looking to see if there are any others out there. I have actually met two people in San Francisco who have also used this name in the last few years. Is there anyone else who isn't just nick named "tigerlily" but has the name on the birth certificate?" May. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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