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Meaning & History

English feminine form of Aemilius (see EMIL). In the English-speaking world it was not common until after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century; the princess Amelia Sophia (1711-1786) was commonly known as Emily in English, even though Amelia is an unrelated name.

Famous bearers include the British author Emily Brontë (1818-1848), who wrote 'Wuthering Heights', and the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
DiminutivesEm, Emmie, Emmy, Millie, Milly
Other Languages & CulturesAemilia Ancient Roman Emilia, Emiliya Bulgarian Emilija Croatian Emílie Czech Emilia, Emilie Danish Emilia, Emmi Finnish Émilie French Emilie German Emília Hungarian Emilía Icelandic Emilia Italian Emīlija Latvian Emilija Lithuanian Emilija Macedonian Emilia, Emilie, Milly Norwegian Emilia Polish Emília Portuguese Emilia Romanian Emilija Serbian Emília Slovak Emilija Slovene Emilia Spanish Emelie, Emilia, Emilie, Milly Swedish
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Entry updated October 20, 2016   Contribute