Lilian - Meaning of Lilian
[ 3 syll. li-lian, lil-i-an ] The baby girl name Lilian is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced LIHL-iy-ahN (English) †. Lilian has its origins in the Hebrew, Latin, and English languages. It is used largely in English, French, and German. The name could have evolved from Lili, a form of Elizabeth. It is often associated with the names Lily and Anne, but Lily was used only from the 19th century. The name Lilian was, however, first adopted by English speakers in the late 16th century; the Italian Liliana was used somewhat earlier. The name saw boost in popularity in the late 19th century, probably from its association with Lily during the vogue for flower names. See Lilian for more information.
Lilian is an English form of the English, Greek, and Hebrew Elizabeth.
Lilian is also an English and French form of the English Lily.
The name Lilian is used to a great extent; it has 50 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Lila, Lili (used in German and Russian as well), Lilia (used in Hawaiian, Italian, and Spanish as well), Liliam, Liliana (used in German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish as well), Liliane (used in French as well), Liliann, Lilion, Lilla, Lilli (used in Estonian and German as well), Lilliah, Lilliam, Lilliana, Lillie, Lillieana, Lilly, Lilyan, Lilyanne, and Lylian. Other English forms include the shortenings Lil and Lillia, the familiar forms Liana (used in French, German, Italian, and Portuguese as well) and Lily, and the spelling variant Lillian (used in Hebrew as well).
Forms used in foreign languages include Boske (Hungarian), Bozsi (Hungarian), Leka (Russian), Lelya (Russian), Lena (Russian), Lenka (Russian), Lieschen (German), Liesel (German), Lilana (Latvian), Lileana (Hawaiian), Lileas (Scottish), Lilianne (French), Lilias (Scottish and Spanish), Lilijana (Slavic), Lilike (Hungarian), Liliosa (Spanish), Liliya (Russian and Slavic), Liljana (Slavic), Lillas (Scottish), Lillias (Scottish), Lilya (Finnish), Lilyana (Slavic), Lílian (Portuguese), Ljiljana (Slavic), Olena (Russian), and Olenka (Russian).
Lilian is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name grew in popularity from the 1990s up to the 2000s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2007, 0.037% of baby girls were named Lilian. It was #417 in rank then. The baby name has dropped in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #613 with a usage of 0.027%. Out of the family of girl names directly related to Lilian, Elizabeth was the most regularly used. It was 17 times more commonly used than Lilian in 2018. Lilian has primarily been a baby girl name in the last century.
Baby names that sound like Lilian include Lilyan, Lachina, Lacyann, Lailanie, Lajeanne, Lalanie, Lalany, Lasean, Leahan, Leean, Leewan, Lelanie, Leonine, Lianie, Liany, Liliam, Lilium, Lionee, Lioney, and Lionie.
† Pronunciation for Lilian: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"