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Gender: female
Pronunciation: lye-lack
Meaning: purple flower
Related Names: Lila, Lilach

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: lilac Origin: French,, Meaning (no case): purple flower



The name Lilac comes from the flower lilac. The word was an Old French term that referred to both the flower and the color (pale purple), but the etymology can be traced back to the Persian word for Indigo, nilak, which comes from Sanskrit, nila.[1]

The scientific name of Lilac is Syringa, which is also the Greek name of a nymph who was pursued by the god Pan. As her final escape from, his amorous pursuit, Syringa turned herself into the flower we know as lilac.[1]


Lilac is an uncommon name in the United States, and has not appeared in the top 1000 most popular girl's names in any recorded year.[1]


  • In Europe, the color generally considered "lilac" is a darker shade of purple than what is considered "lilac" elsewhere.[1]
  • There are several places that hold annual Lilac Festivals, usually in May or June, when Lilac begins to bloom. Some of the more noteworthy festivals are held in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) and Spokane, Washington.[1]
  • Purple lilacs are said to symbolize the first emotions of love. There are also white lilacs, which symbolize "youthful innocence."[1]
  • Lilacs are the flower that represent the 8th wedding anniversary.
  • Lilacs are the state flower of New Hampshire.[1]


  • LILAC: The Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference
  • The Lilac Papers: 2004 short film
  • The Lilac Sunbonnet: 1922 film
  • Porte des Lilas: 1957 French film


  • Louie the Lilac: character from Batman

Author: Sarena Emily Levinson


Facts about LilacRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 5  +
Meaning purple flower  +
Meaningnc purple flower  +
Name lilac  +
Origin French  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation lye-lack  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Lila  +, and Lilach  +
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