Lilias. Masculine??

(39 Posts)
Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 14:50:54

This is my all time favourite girls name, and I just wondered what people thought of it? My boyfriend thinks it sounds masculine sad I heartily disagree.

loveisagirlnameddaisy Tue 03-Sep-13 14:52:20

I used to nanny for a Lilia and thought that was a lovely name. I have to say i do think adding the 's' makes it slightly masculine.

RubyLovesShopping Tue 03-Sep-13 15:06:09

Yes sounds like a boys name.

Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 15:10:01

Oh no, this is awful! Why do you think it sounds like a boys name? Not being sarky, a very genuine question.

ohN0Whatnext Tue 03-Sep-13 15:16:35

I think it's a lovely feminine name and I'm so surprised that anyone thinks it sounds masculine.

Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 15:23:40

I think I love you! I was starting to feel a bit mad.

EnjoyEverySandwich Tue 03-Sep-13 15:32:50

Can't see anything masculine in Lilias at all. hmm Lots of girls' names end in s.

Try starting another thread saying you're thinking of naming a boy Lilias. I bet the responses there will reassure you grin

I know a Lilias but most of the time it is abbreviated to 'Lil' which I'm not so keen on.

squoosh Tue 03-Sep-13 15:39:38

Never in a million years would 'masculine' be a word I'd use to describe the name Lilias.

Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 15:43:12

grin squoosh

I like the fact that it's a Scottish name...oh, I just love it. So when people don't 'get' it I feel ridiculously hurt. Interesting that you know one in real life, thereinmadnesslies

nursingdreams Tue 03-Sep-13 15:51:08

My husbands Grandmother is called Lilias and he has already 'chosen' it for a dd Luckily I think it's a beautiful girls name. I never knew it was Scottish (DH is African). People worry too much about names if you love it that's all that matters ;-)

RubyLovesShopping Tue 03-Sep-13 15:56:51

Beeyump I think it just sounds like tobias and other similar boys names but if you love it then use it!

Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 16:03:22

It's the Scottish form of Lillian, nursingdreams

I think that's what I don't get - it's starts off sounding feminine, 'Lili', so how can it then be like Toby/Tobias? You're right though, if I love it then I need to develop a thicker skin about it.

squoosh Tue 03-Sep-13 16:06:48

It's an unusual name so you can't allow yourself to be peeved on behalf of the name if not everyone loves it, people here give their opinions very freely! grin

kelda Tue 03-Sep-13 16:08:00

I know a boy called Ilias, so yes to me, it does sound masculine.

4paws Tue 03-Sep-13 16:15:37

As in Lilly-Ass? Have you gone completely mad? confused

No male in the world is going to thank you for that name. Kids in school will have a field day!

PixelAteMyFace Tue 03-Sep-13 16:15:43

I think it's lovely - uncommon but not unknown, and most definitely not masculine.

squoosh Tue 03-Sep-13 16:16:33

Ummmmm, 4paws...............

Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 16:16:57

Mumsnet life lesson learned today squoosh
I appreciate all the opinions!

4paws Tue 03-Sep-13 16:17:10

Ah I see it's a girls name.

Again. Repeat. Lilly-Ass?

Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 16:17:46

Haha, posted too soon - I don't really appreciate that 4paws

Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 16:22:12

You don't say 'Lilly. Ass.' It's...well, it sounds like LIH-lee-uss
grin

4paws Tue 03-Sep-13 16:23:12

Don't appreciate what exactly?

I don't know if that is how you pronounce the name but if it is then I think it's unkind. Bound to be teased.

4paws Tue 03-Sep-13 16:24:15

x-post. Well, that's a relief! smile

YoungBritishPissArtist Tue 03-Sep-13 16:51:23

Never heard it before but I like it smile

Why would masculine be so bad anyway?

EnjoyEverySandwich Tue 03-Sep-13 17:31:41

If kids want to tease, they'll find something.

I think people make too much of a big deal about teasing anyway. Children need to learn to deal with teasing. It's character-building.

Beeyump Tue 03-Sep-13 18:48:03

Hmm,not sure if I agree about teasing being character building! But children will certainly pick up on anything, agreed - Lily-ass or not :p

EnjoyEverySandwich Tue 03-Sep-13 19:08:42

Of course it is. Whether it's learning to stand up for yourself in the playground, or finding a response to the tiresome old uncle or neighbour who constantly sings an irritating song about your name. There are various ways of dealing with these things - humour is one and it's a great lesson to learn.

Seaweedy Thu 05-Sep-13 11:53:32

Very pretty. Didn't know it was Scottish form of Lilian, though, come to think of it, its the name of a very posh Scottish character in a novel i read recently. Not remotely masculine.

Beeyump Thu 05-Sep-13 12:23:24

seaweedy smile What was the novel, out of interest?

Seaweedy Thu 05-Sep-13 18:26:29

It was a novella, come to think of it. Light My Fire by Jane Stephenson. Black comedy about a Scottish architect who leaves his wife (the well-born Lilias) for an oil wife and gets his come-uppance.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 05-Sep-13 19:04:56

I think it sounds masculine, like Elias.

But if you really like it then it shouldn't matter what other people think.

I don't give a toss what people think of names I like really, always interested in opinions, unlikely to heed them.

OnTheBottomWithAWomensWeekly Fri 06-Sep-13 00:00:59

Elias, yes, thats what I was thinking too. And Lucas. If I saw Lilias written down I would think it was a boy with a rather feminine name, if that makes sense.

Saffyz Fri 06-Sep-13 01:17:42

Apart from Dorcas, I can only think of boys names ending in "as" such as Silas, Elias, Judas, Lucas, Matthias.

But if you like it, then why not? People get used to unusual names soon enough.

babyboomersrock Fri 06-Sep-13 01:29:43

I knew several girls called Lilias (in Scotland) when I was growing up in the 50s/60s although I don't know any young ones.

It doesn't sound anything like Lily Ass, so fear not, OP. I'm sure people would be able to pronounce it properly once they'd heard it.

freerangeeggs Fri 06-Sep-13 23:58:46

I think it's pretty. It does remind me of that line in Pretty Fly for a White Guy about 'kick his lily ass'. Eminent also talks about his lily-white ass. I think I'm probably in the minority though smile

I actually like girls' names that end in -s. It's not too frilly and I like that.

nooka Sat 07-Sep-13 07:07:38

It does sound a bit masculine to me because I can only think of boys names with 'ias' sounding endings (41 come up on Beyond The name compared to 3 girls names, including Lilias/Lillias). If you live in Scotland where is is recognised as being just right for a girl then I can't imagine that would be a problem.

Lily and it's many variants is very popular right now.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 07-Sep-13 12:08:15

It does remind me of Elias but not so much that I'd think it was a boy's name, no. The Lily part is too dominant for that.

Beeyump Sat 07-Sep-13 14:35:55

I'm sure I can win my boyfriend round. grin Although I don't want to do that compromise thing, where me getting a Lilias would mean that he could have a Frans. Or Gordon. I remember the Blanche thread...

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