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Does the name Jilly have any deeprooted negative connotations in English?

Asked by Zyx (4160points) July 26th, 2010

I knew a girl, want to use the name for a story, live in The Netherlands. Thanks.

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tranquilsea's avatar

None that I know of.

Likeradar's avatar

None that I can think of.
I’ve never heard of a person named Jilly, and it makes me think of jelly.

jca's avatar

Jill, Jillian, Jilly might be a nickname for either. I actually like the name (nickname) Jilly.

Zyx's avatar

Gave you all great answers for my relief. Thanks!

Jeruba's avatar

None that I can think of. But a girl named Jilly in an English-speaking country would inevitably attract the epithet “silly.”

answerjill's avatar

My name is Jill and I get a bit annoyed on the (rare) occasions when someone calls me Jilly. Actually, when I was a kid, my mom really discouraged people from calling me that, too. I’m not offended when people use that nickname, but it feels a bit infantilizing to me. I try to keep in mind that it is usuallmean affectionately.

Jeruba's avatar

By the way, @Zyx, I think you’re smart to ask. I do a lot of research on names before I commit to them, especially if they come from a language base other than my own. Cultural associations with names and words can be pretty hard to ferret out when you come from another country, but they can have an instantaneous (and often undesired) effect on readers from that country. Whenever I use a completely made-up name for some exotic place or character in a story, I’m not satisfied unless it gets me zero hits in Google.

Paxan8's avatar

No negative connotations but I call my baby niece, Jillianne, Jilly Bean (like Jelly Bean). I think it’s pretty cute.

answerjill's avatar

@Paxan8 – I think that’s cute for a baby!

Zyx's avatar

Thanks @answerjill and @Jeruba

I was also wondering if Midas was known from anything other than the hand gold starving thing. I really like the name and if the myth isn’t too popular in English speaking countries I might just use it anyway.

Paxan8's avatar

Midas is only known for turning things to gold (Greek mythology) and fixing your car. It’s a popular mechanic shop. I have never met or heard of a reallife Midas. But if you can work that turning things to gold in it would be a great nickname for the male charactor whose real name is Michael or something.

Zyx's avatar

@Paxan8 Meh, car repair can be ignored, but I want to ignore the original myth completely.
Thanks for the answer!

Jeruba's avatar

You can’t separate Midas from the myth of the “golden touch.” That’s its origin. Even if you ignored it, any reader with a modicum of education would make the connection.

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downtide's avatar

Nothing specifically negative except that it’s rather old-fashioned. I wouldn’t expect to meet anyone called Jilly who was born after the 1960s.

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