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Lily or Lillian?

(29 Posts)
Rach5l Mon 09-Oct-17 23:14:56

And why?


NotSoEagerBeaver Mon 09-Oct-17 23:17:08

Lillian. Nickname Lily. Then when you shout 'LILLIAN!' They know they're in trouble grin

Amd724 Mon 09-Oct-17 23:17:18

I LOVE both. Our second option for a girls name was going to be Lillian as her formal name, and Lily as her nickname. She’d be named after her great great grandmother.

SuperBeagle Mon 09-Oct-17 23:17:34


We have a Lily, but contemplated Lillian. Ultimately, her full name sounded nicer with just Lily than it would've with Lillian.

Liadain Mon 09-Oct-17 23:17:38

Lillian. Because if she prefers Lily to Lillian, she can nickname herself that - but it's harder to do that in reverse.

I much prefer Liliana to Lillian, though! Lillian reminds me of Lilliput. And I think Liliana is nicer looking when written.

tallwivglasses Mon 09-Oct-17 23:20:39

Lillian. I'm a grandma and I sing a lot to my DGC. Lillian's a great name to sing.

DramaAlpaca Mon 09-Oct-17 23:21:14

I'd go for Lillian with the nickname Lily.

I think I prefer it spelled Lilian though.

Rach5l Mon 09-Oct-17 23:21:51

Yes I agree Liliana sounds prettier but gg grandmother Lillian & dad dead against Liliana he thinks sounds ade up & not traditional hmm

Rach5l Mon 09-Oct-17 23:22:31

Oh I love that tallwithglasses smile

nooka Mon 09-Oct-17 23:31:25

My dd is a Lilian. Named after dh's nan. She was Lily from everyone (friends, family and teachers) for many years, but then decided to use Lilian for everything formal, with her friends mostly calling her Lils. Partly because Lilian is pretty unusual but Lily is common and she wanted to be the only one.

Lily2007 Mon 09-Oct-17 23:39:04

Lily smile

Awwlookatmybabyspider Mon 09-Oct-17 23:41:22

Lily. Lillian is awful.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 09-Oct-17 23:43:12


Ropsleybunny Mon 09-Oct-17 23:45:37

Lily sounds much prettier than Lilian.

MiracleCure Mon 09-Oct-17 23:48:11

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SleepingStandingUp Mon 09-Oct-17 23:49:38

Lilith 😁

I'd just go Lily then its her own name

Sophronia Tue 10-Oct-17 00:43:44


Mum2OneTeen Tue 10-Oct-17 02:01:07

Lily (but I'm biased, DD is Lily)

Don't see the point of officially naming her Lillian if you are going to use the name Lily anyway.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 10-Oct-17 03:05:33


Inneedofacookeddinner Tue 10-Oct-17 08:58:39

Lillian but I also love Lilith smile

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 10-Oct-17 10:11:18

Lily, it's classic and beautiful.

Rach5l Tue 10-Oct-17 18:50:13

Don't see the point of officially naming her Lillian if you are going to use the name Lily anyway.
I’m thinking in case she’s in a class with a million Lily’s or she grows up not to be flowery! Or for her CV or whatever. It’d be nice to think employers don’t judge but they definitely do!

stevensupersquirrel Tue 10-Oct-17 19:14:10

Lilian. If we have a dd next, it will be her mn smile

Monkeypuzzle32 Tue 10-Oct-17 19:16:57

Lillian, it was one of my favourite possible names but doesn't sound right with our surname! I like the fact it's more unusual and you can still use Lily which I also love but is obviously more common.

MikeUniformMike Tue 10-Oct-17 19:25:35

Lily is much nicer than Lillian. Liliana sounds a bit try hard. They all end being Lil.

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