Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “longed for”

The name is derived from the Greek lilaiomai meaning “longed for.”

In Greek Mythology, Lilaia was the name of a naiad nymph. She was the daughter of Cephissus and was the guardian of the waters of the town of Lilaia in Phokis, Greece.

It is also the name of an annual herb that is native to California. Alternatives include Lilaea.

Nicknames include Lily and Laia.

The name would make a more unique alternative to the popular Lily.