Do you know any girls with this name?

(36 Posts)
signuptoday Fri 04-Jan-13 13:02:41

I like the name Lilian and was wondering if anyone knows any little Lilians? Are they usually called Lilian or is it always shortened to Lily? I'm keen to find a classic, timeless name for DD and Lilian seems to fit the bill. It doesn't seem too popular either.

Any thoughts on Lilian would be much appreciated.

I know a Lillian who goes by Lily. I think it's beautiful smile

PoppyWearer Fri 04-Jan-13 13:07:44

Don't know any at nursery/primary school.

Strictly1 Fri 04-Jan-13 13:08:51

I have been teaching for 14 years and never known a Lilian in school. A beautiful name.

ZZZenAgain Fri 04-Jan-13 13:09:17

I like the name but I wouldn't shorten it to Lily, I prefer the full name. I have never met any little girls called Lilian

Tommy Fri 04-Jan-13 13:10:13

I know a little Lillian - not quite a year old smile

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Fri 04-Jan-13 13:11:23

It will get shortened to Lily - whether you want it to or not, so you need to decide if you like Lily or not too.

My older Aunt is called Lilian, so it doesn't appeal to me for a child, but it's OK.

I like Lillian and think it goes with my DDs name so would consider it for if I had another. Id shorten it to Lil though (if at all) and might get a bit frustrated if others shortened it to Lily - if I wanted Lily i'd have just chosen Lily in the first place! (imaginary argument right there!)

My DMs aunt was Lilian.

confused247 Fri 04-Jan-13 13:13:50

I know a 6 year old Lilian - she's always Lilian, never Lily. I think it's a beautiful name.

RufflingFeathers Fri 04-Jan-13 13:22:40

I know two Lilians - (ages 6+4). One is only ever Lilian, the other sometimes get Lily but it 'feels' different to the other Lilys (if that makes sense?!) because you know it's a shortening.

When the first one was born, I was a little hmm but it has really really grown on me, so now I love it !!

BinarySolo Fri 04-Jan-13 14:08:39

I know a Lilian and she's always called by her full name. She's preschool though, so it may change when she's older

hygienequeen Fri 04-Jan-13 14:10:34

I know a liliane ( French ) shortened to Lili - gorgeous !

sittinginthesun Fri 04-Jan-13 14:12:07

I know a five year old Lilian, never shortened. It was on my list (we had boys in the end smile).

monica77798 Fri 04-Jan-13 15:18:04

Lilian is a nice name but I am not so sure about Lily. As ChippingInLovesChristmasLights said, people will shorten it to Lily so you need to decide if you like that name as well. I am not aware of anyone called Lilian (apart from the character from Rug Rats LOL), so I don't think it is too common.

rufusnine Fri 04-Jan-13 15:28:27

No Lilians in our school but at least 6 Lily's so although Lilian is unusual she maybe will be following on the tail of a lot of Lily's IYSWIM. Also although I don't shorten my DC's names - they do get called shortened names by others so you would have to decide whether you like Lily the abbreviated name!

priscilla101 Fri 04-Jan-13 15:32:22

Ah, love Lilian. But also like Lilleth....the first woman in the world, created independently of Adam, but proved to be room much trouble in Eden and was evicted. Eve was created from Adam with the idea that she would be les bother. That worked well then!

Gorgeous name x

priscilla101 Fri 04-Jan-13 15:32:50

Room? Room? Should be too....

Mandy21 Fri 04-Jan-13 15:34:28

I agree with the others - voice of experience - as 1st time parent, I loved Isobel but vowed I would never shorten it to Issy / Izzy which I don't like. DD has always had her full name from me, family, made a point with teachers etc but she is now 7 and some of her friends / mums of friends call her Issy. There are only so many times you can correct people, tell her to tell her friends her name isn't Issy.

It'll get shortened whether you like it or not so make sure you like the abbreviated version too!

Startail Fri 04-Jan-13 15:43:36

No Lillians Only a Lily and a Lilia (not certain of the spelling)

salvadory Fri 04-Jan-13 15:48:37

Yes I went to school with one in the 80's, she'd be 41 now. She was never lily always Lilian. Lovely name.

There is a Lillian in ds1's nursery class. She's lovely and is known as Lillian. The only confusion is with a William.

zenoushka Fri 04-Jan-13 16:19:37

Lilllian is a really pretty name - I don't know of any although I've got a lot of friends with babies called Lily. Another suggestion would be Liliana which is a very pretty too.

MissPricklePants Fri 04-Jan-13 18:40:52

there is a Lillian at dd's playgroup, goes by Lillian not Lily. I know lots of Lily's in dd's nursery and friends children.

cece Fri 04-Jan-13 20:58:05

I know a Lillian but she is in her 90s. Everyone calls her Lil.

I would never shorten it to Lily - that is a completely different name to me.

I quite like Jillian too. Jilly for short.

I love it, and would've used it - but our surname begins with an L too!

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