Whether you believe it's a pet form of Elizabeth or linked to Lily and the Latin Lilium, Lillian is experiencing a surge in popularity. It makes an inspired, vintage pick for parents. Indeed, Lillian has been in use as a name since at least the 16th century, with sources dating the Italian variation Liliana even further back. Lillian was a top 10 name at the turn of the century, when nature names for girls were in vogue. Famous namesakes include playwright Lillian Hellman and silent-film star Lillian Gish.
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