Lilac name meaning

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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lilac

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  1. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Lilac means "To live and care for someone".
  2. According to a user from Ohio, U.S., the name Lilac means "Flower".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Li"lac
  1. [Bot] A shrub of the genus Syringa. There are six species, natives of Europe and Asia. Syringa vulgaris, the common lilac, and Syringa Persica, the Persian lilac, are frequently cultivated for the fragrance and beauty of their purplish or white flowers. In the British colonies various other shrubs have this name.
  2. A light purplish color like that of the flower of the purplish lilac.

Etymology: Sp. lilac lila, Ar. līlak, fr. Per. līlaj līlanj līlang nīlaj nīl, the indigo plant, or from the kindred līlak bluish, the flowers being named from the color. Cf. Anil

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowers
  2. Of a pale purple color

From obsolete French lilac (now lilas), from Arabic لِيلَك‎ (līlak).

  1. A large shrub of the genus Syringa, especially Syringa vulgaris, bearing white, pale-pink, or purple flowers.
  2. A flower of the lilac shrub.
  3. (color) A pale purple color, the color of some lilac flowers.
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lilac was also found in the following language(s): French

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lilac U.S.
  White 95.41% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lilac

People with the last name Lilac are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Lilac

  • How Popular is the name Lilac? Lilac is the 27,959th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lilac was the 150,452nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lilac have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 196 babies born with the first name Lilac in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lilac to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lilac? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1979 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lilac first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lilac is Friday, November 13th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Lilac born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lilac was in 2018 with a total of 25 babies.
  • Random Lilac Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lilac is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Lilac: The name spelled backwards is Calil. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lilca. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lilac? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 109 people with the last name Lilac.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lilac? Lilac is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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