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An ancient Greek name, a poetic "persona" in a poem by Theokritos.
-- Damis  3/3/2005
This name was used in Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man", for the cute little girl who takes piano lessons.
-- Guest  6/23/2005
"Amaryllis" could have a nameday on Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) is the day of flowers and willows (the names of the other trees also have a nameday).
-- iva_toneva  6/5/2006
What a pretty name! It's not common at all, also, that's a plus.
-- nelirosala  6/25/2006
This is a great name! It is uncommon, yet not obscure, and if the girl bearing this name grew tired of it, she could always shorten it. The list of possible nicknames includes Amy, Mary, Maryl, Lissie, and many many more!
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2006
I know someone called Amaryllis who shortens her name to Lily because no one could ever get her name right!
-- Skye x  2/5/2007
I simply love this name! Have you seen the Amaryllis flower? It`s also known as the winter lily - a beautiful, half delicate, half strong, and noble flower. Like this name.
-- adelina  4/5/2007
Very lovely name. Much better than Mary-Rose (having 'Mary' in it and being my first names). 'Lissy' sounds like a nifty nickname. Gosh now I wish this were my name, or at least my second name!
-- Loni_maryrose  6/3/2007
I knew a girl by this name. Only she pronounced it "ah-Mar-ri-yis".
-- Anonymous User  4/9/2008
I have heard it pronounced "am-a-rul-LEES", by someone with Greek family. I don't know whether that's the real Greek pronunciation or not, she didn't speak Greek herself.
-- aquamarina  4/18/2008
So beautiful--delicate, yet also strong. I love it!
-- erb816  2/10/2009
Simply put: Beautiful flower, ugly name. It's just too long and arrogant sounding for me.
-- magicalhannah7  4/15/2009
I mostly like names that end with "a" but this is an exception. Amaryllis is such a beautiful flower anyway.
-- Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
'Amy Amaryllis' is a 1992 children's fantasy novel by Australian author Sally Odgens.
-- vomiting  11/12/2009
Unusual, pretty name with a lot of nicknames.
-- lucyskydiamonds  3/7/2010
I like it, but for some reason, it reminds me of sarsaparilla.
-- VMarie  12/19/2010
Amaryllis Marie-Louise Fleming (1925-1999) was a British cello performer and teacher. She was the half-sister of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond.
-- keepitreal  1/22/2011
Now that is just pathetic. LOL! What could someone be thinking even putting it on a list of possible names for actual humans? What about Platipa? Or Trippet? Or maybe Wobblia? Those are actually better...
-- Lollipopfop  1/20/2014
I disagree with the above poster Lollipopfop.
Just because a name is unfamiliar, does not mean it is a terrible name. I happen to find Amaryllis far more attractive, romantic and stylish than more common flower names like Lily, Rose and Daisy. It's lively and beautiful. I would even consider using this on a child today.
-- Joiya  3/25/2015
Amaryllis is a beautiful name just like the flower. My daughter's name is Amaryllis. And she receives a lot of good comments about her name. I have not seen anybody have difficulty pronouncing her name at all.
-- laural23  8/16/2015
I LOVE this name! It is SO beautiful and fantasy-like.

The only problem is that it's four syllables long and, therefore, somewhat cumbersome. A nickname is inevitable for convenience. Still, "Amaryllis" would be a great middle name or character name. It could still work as a first name if worn boldly.

Possible Nicknames: Amy, Mary, Maryl, Ryllis, Rylli (pronounced Riley), Lis, Lissy, Arliss, Aris, Alis.
-- AnonymousUser  11/8/2015
The original Greek way to pronounce this name is a-ma-ree-LEES.
-- clemvevo  1/14/2016
I'm conflicted on this name. On one hand, it's overflowing regality, grace and elegance and rolls lyrically and beautifully off the tongue. But it's also rather rigid, stiff and pompous. Reminds me of soldiers. However, it's not nearly as bad as other certain names that try too hard to be elegant and royal and come off as extremely long, tedious or pompous instead.

I can see why a child might find this name overwhelming and prefer a nickname, such as Amy, Amie, Mary, Maryl, Lissie, Liss, Lizzie. My personal favorite is Lily, since I've heard the Amaryllis and lily flowers are related or similar. I think Amaryllis is a more fancy, flashy and showy version of Lily, more complex and exotic and bold and impressive to say and write than the meek, gentle, delicate, weak Lily.

It's a curious name, since it both rolls off the tongue beautifully, naturally and elegantly and is also slightly stiff and rigid to say. It's both princessy and royal while being natural and fluent and elegant, and also stiff, pompous, and overly long, tedious and arrogant. I honestly can't decide which it is. I think it is slightly arrogant and pompous and stiff, rigid like marching soldiers, but I still like this name. I can see an exotic beauty having this name. It's just a pure, beautiful, elegant flower - while still having a bit of 'oomph' and strength and length, unlike Lily which is just pure and innocent but weak, without much backbone or strength.
-- doritazurita  4/6/2016
Such an unusual name, but so pretty! It reminds me of mangos for some reason. Rolls off the tongue, although some might find it hard to spell. The best part is, if a bearer of this name thought it was a bit much, there are a plethora of nicknames. Amy, Mary, Lily, Lissie, maybe even Lisa, just to name a few possibilities. Again, such a pretty name!
-- Morgan1599  5/23/2016

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