Lily

November 15, 2014 § 5 Comments

ORIGIN:
From the lily flower, a symbol of purity. Sometimes used as a diminutive of “Lillian” or “Elizabeth“, etc.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Lil, Lili, Lillie, Lilly, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Lily Fisher, Thea’s rival in Moonstone, in The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather (written in 1915 and set in the 1890s).
Lily Hiles, the amiable and generous proprietor of Newton’s only restaurant, in Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964; set during the American Civil War, 1861-1865).
Lily Pearl (sometimes also known as “Lily Moore” and “Lily Shaine”, and called “D” or “Doll” by her uncles), the young girl whose family life is recounted in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).

WRITERS:
Lily L. Allen (1867-1952), Irish author and missionary.
Lily Braun (1865-1916), German activist and author.
Lily Brett (b. 1946), German-Australian essayist, novelist, and poet.
Lily Brown (b. 1981), American poet.
Lily Dougall (1858-1923) Canadian activist and author.
Lily Goddard (1916-2002), Austrian author and designer.
Lily Koppel (b. 1981), American novelist and nonfiction author.
Lily Ross Taylor (1886-1969), American academic and author.
Lily Tuck (b. 1938), American novelist and short story writer.

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