Meaning: “Lily” or “My God is a Vow”
Other forms of the name: Liliana, Lillias, Liliane, Lily
The name Lillian has been in use in England since the 16th century, it was probably a nickname for Elizabeth, or a form of the Latin word for lily, lilium. It as especially popular in the Victorian era and is now regaining popularity. It currently ranks at #21 on the US’ most popular names list.
Lillian Gish was a famous American actress in the 1910s and 20s. Her career spanned 75 years and she never married or had children. Her sister Dorothy was also an actress, they starred together in “Orphans of the Storm”. She died in her sleep in 1993 at the age of 99, she is buried beside her sister at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York.
There have been two princess Lilian’s, Princess Lilian of Belgium who was married to King Leopold III, and Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland who was married to Prince Bertil, Duke Halland of Sweden.