User comments for Emily (Meaning / History Only)

The name Emily is a very unique name.
Zoe Lynn Banes 5532  5/11/2016
Emily means industrious from the Latin Amelius.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2008
Emily means rival.
lilprincess77  9/18/2007
1) The Latin family [gens] name -- Aemilius -- comes from the Latin word "aemulus", meaning "imitating, rivaling" [source:] -- So this "rival" challenges the opponent by first trying to imitate and EMULATE.
2) "Emily" comes "from the Latin word meaning 'industrious'” [source: < Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2006] -- So, after imitating/emulating, the "rival" then works hard to supercede their opponent = working to gain the upper hand by being "industrious".
3) It's interesting to note that there is a major region in Italy called Emilia-Romagna (it was the destination of a major road from Rome heading North called the "via Emilia," because it was built by the Aemilius family living in that region -- see also Wikipedia's citiation for the town, "Reggio Emilia".]) It just so happens to be the "second richest region" in Italy (according to Wikipedia), proving that the name still inspires people to be successfully industrious!
4) Under the name "Emily," you also may want to note that it has been the most popular girls name in the US for well over 10 years now.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2007
Emily does indeed mean 'industrious,' as it is derived from Emil of the same meaning.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2006
Symbolically meaning "The one who's dangerous, rival".
Anjamon  8/22/2005
Contrary to what most baby name sites say, this name does not mean "industrious".
lala  6/20/2005
Means "God's Promise".
deBeers  5/5/2005

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