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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.LIL-ee-ən
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Meaning & History

Probably originally a diminutive of ELIZABETH. It may also be considered an elaborated form of LILY, from the Latin word for "lily" lilium. This name has been used in England since the 16th century.
DiminutivesLeanna, Liana, Lillia
Other Languages & CulturesZabel Armenian Elixabete Basque Elisabeth, Elisheba, Elizabeth Biblical Elisabet Biblical Greek Elisheva Biblical Hebrew Elisabeth Biblical Latin Elisaveta, Liliya, Lilyana Bulgarian Elisabet Catalan Elizabeta, Ljiljana Croatian Alžběta, Eliška Czech Elisabet, Elisabeth, Isabella, Lilly, Eli, Elise, Ella, Else, Lis, Lisa, Lisbet, Lise, Lissi Danish Elisabeth, Isabella, Isabelle, Betje, Elise, Elly, Els, Else, Elsje, Ilse, Isa, Lies, Liesbeth, Liese, Liesje, Lijsbeth, Lisa Dutch Eliisabet, Liis, Liisa, Liisi, Liisu Estonian Elisabet, Lilja, Eliisa, Elisa, Ella, Elsa, Liisa, Liisi, Lilli Finnish Élisabeth, Isabel, Isabelle, Lili, Liliane, Babette, Élise, Lilianne, Lise, Lisette French Bet, Lys Frisian Sabela Galician Elisabed, Eliso Georgian Elisabeth, Isabel, Isabelle, Lili, Lilli, Bettina, Elisa, Elise, Elli, Elsa, Else, Ilsa, Ilse, Isa, Isabell, Isabella, Lies, Liesa, Liese, Liesel, Liesl, Lisa, Lisbeth German Elisavet, Elli Greek Elikapeka Hawaiian Elisheva Hebrew Erzsébet, Izabella, Lili, Liliána, Bözsi, Erzsi, Zsóka Hungarian Elísabet, Lilja, Elsa Icelandic Eilís, Eilish, Isibéal, Líle, Sibéal Irish Elisabetta, Isabella, Lilia, Liliana, Elisa, Elsa, Isa, Liana, Lisa Italian Lilija Latvian Bet, Betje Limburgish Elžbieta, Lilija, Elzė Lithuanian Elisaveta, Liljana, Beti, Veta Macedonian Ealisaid Manx Ibb Medieval English Isabel Medieval Occitan Elisabet, Elisabeth, Isabella, Lilly, Eli, Elise, Ella, Else, Lis, Lisa, Lisbet, Lise, Liss Norwegian Isabèl Occitan Elżbieta, Izabela, Izabella, Liliana, Ela, Eliza, Iza Polish Isabel, Liliana, Belinha, Elisa, Elisabete, Isabela, Liana Portuguese Lílian, Eliza, Izabel Portuguese (Brazilian) Elisabeta, Isabela, Isabella, Liliana, Liana Romanian Elizaveta, Lilia, Liliya, Lilya, Yelizaveta, Liza, Lizaveta Russian Ealasaid, Elspet, Elspeth, Iseabail, Ishbel, Isobel, Lileas, Lilias, Lillias, Beileag Scottish Jelisaveta, Ljiljana, Jela, Ljilja Serbian Alžbeta, Eliška Slovak Elizabeta, Lilijana, Špela Slovene Isabel, Lilia, Liliana, Ysabel, Eli, Elisa, Elisabet, Isa, Isabela Spanish Elisabet, Elisabeth, Isabella, Lilly, Elise, Ella, Elsa, Lis, Lisa, Lisbet, Lise Swedish Lilia, Liliya, Lilya, Yelyzaveta Ukrainian Bethan Welsh

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actresses, American Horror Story characters, DC Comics characters, Desperate Housewives characters, diminutives, elaborated form, flora, flowers, nature, never out of the US top 1000, plants, top 10 in the US, uncertain etymology
Entry updated October 11, 2012