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Lilly Family History

Lilly Name Meaning

from a pet form of the female personal name Elizabeth. Compare Hibbs 2. nickname for someone with very fair hair or skin, from Middle English, Old English lilie ‘lily’ (Latin lilium). The Italian equivalent Giglio was used as a personal name in the Middle Ages. In English and other languages there has also been some confusion with forms of Giles. habitational name from places called Lilley, in Hertfordshire and Berkshire. The Hertfordshire place was named in Old English as ‘flax-glade’, from lin ‘flax’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. The Berkshire name is from Old English Lillingleah ‘wood associated with Lilla’, an Old English personal name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Billy, Gill, Tilly, Dilly, Lally, Iley, Willey, Lilla, Bill, Willy

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Where is the Lilly family from?

You can see how Lilly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lilly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lilly families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 58 Lilly families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 24% of all the recorded Lilly's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lilly families in 1840.
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What did your Lilly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lilly. 17% of Lilly men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Lilly women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lilly were Farming and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 106,000 census records available for the last name Lilly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lilly census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Lilly. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Lilly. For the veterans among your Lilly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lilly lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Lilly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lilly in 1943 was 20, and 73 in 2004.

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