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#1 ~*stardust*~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

My DDs name is Lily which I thought was the most common straight forward spelling. However since she was born so many people spell it as Lilly even when I have written it down in text messages etc to friends they still write back with the spelling Lilly. Is Lilly more common now? How would you automatically spell it?

#2 Dresden

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:33 PM


#3 whimbrel

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:35 PM

I would probably spell it Lilly. Are they pronounced the same? (like 'lil-ee' and 'lil-lee', I always thought there was a slight difference...)

#4 la di dah

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

I'd spell it Lily. Definitely Lily. As in the flower...?

Double letters for no reason sh*t me up a wall.
I don't know why my name has two n's.

#5 MsFeralPerthFembo

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

I would automatically spell it Lilly regardless of the spelling of the full name (assuming this is a nick name?). eg dd Alyssa becomes nn ally with 2 l's even though her full  name only has one

Even if lily was full name I would assume Lilly spelling.

eta perhaps this is a younger generation thing?

Edited by JBaby, 28 February 2013 - 01:42 PM.

#6 Plaxy

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

Lily is the traditional spelling, though these days Lilly is also used commonly. In NSW 2011 there were 410 Lilys and 178 Lillys.

I would pronounce both the same.

#7 ~*stardust*~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:42 PM

Her full name is Lily not short for anything.

We named her Lily like the flower.

Edited by ~*stardust*~, 28 February 2013 - 01:43 PM.

#8 emlis22

Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

I would spell it Lily, as in the flower absolutely.

I know a couple of Lillees too.

#9 blenheim

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:00 PM

Definitely Lily.  Much prettier IMO.

#10 eigne

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:07 PM


#11 strawberry blondes

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

Lily like the flower.

#12 LittleFinch

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:14 PM


To me Lilly just looks like bad spelling.

#13 Itchy_Witch

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:16 PM


Some people just never seem to master the art of spelling your child's name the way you want. My DS gets Nik or Nic, um really? Is it that hard to use one extra letter to type Nick?

#14 rainycat

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

I have a Lily.  My Nana born in 1892 was a Lily too.

#15 elle-M

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:23 PM

Lily, without a doubt.

QUOTE (la di dah @ 28/02/2013, 11:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Double letters for no reason sh*t me up a wall.


I'm going to start using that phrase La Di Dah, it's more polite than my current one.... *cough*

#16 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

I always thought it was Lilly, but now days I would spell it Lily.

(When I was a little girl I always wanted to name my daughter Lillibelle - how bad is that?!)

#17 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:49 PM

Before knowing any Lilys I would have spelled it Lilly. I think because a lot of other female names have the double letter - Penny, Kelly, Millie, Abbey etc etc.

But I have a good friend with a daughter Lily and now it looks strange spelt any other way than Lily.

#18 Nerak253

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

Lily. Definitely Lily. I also hate seeing Annabel spelt with with two Ls (Annabelle).

#19 Bel Rowley

Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

I've never come across a Lilly. I didn't know it was a thing?

#20 TinyTeddys

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

Lily is how I'd spell it.

#21 Plaxy

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

Sunnycat, I think Lillibelle would make a sweet nickname for a Lily. Biased of course as my childhood nn was Susiebelle, which I would have thought odd except I remember it said with such affection.

#22 Imaginary friend

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

I like it Lily like the flower.

However I can see where Lilly spellers are coming from - Lillian often has double l so Lilly short for this makes sense, also most (all?) words rhyming with Lily have double l - eg silly, filly, billy and most (all?) similar names have double l - eg  Tillie, Millie, Kelly, Shelley, Sally. Exception perhaps of Helen.
I don't think there is a right or wrong way, can think of other names which sometimes have double letter and sometimes not, without changing pronounciation eg Madison /Maddison, Alison/ Allison, Alyssa/ Allyssa

#23 1&Twins

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

A friend of my named her daughter Lily and I assumed it was Lilly and wrote this on a card to her.  Looking back I have no idea why I chucked in the extra 'l', it just looks wrong  huh.gif

#24 Missy Shelby

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

OP I would normally spell it with 2 L's but I think it is still a pretty name with only 1 L.

#25 VJs Mummy

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:16 PM


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