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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 1/18/2016
Derived from Lilly, a pet name for ELIZABETH. It was also used as a nickname for someone with fair skin or hair, and is derived from Old English lilie meaning "lily (the flower)". It could also serve as a habitual surname for someone from Lilley in Hertfordshire (from lin "flax" and leah "clearing") and Berkshire (from Lillingleah meaning "wood associated with Lilla").