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An ancient Greek name, Amelia (f), Amelios or Amelias (m). A famous bearer of the name was the philosopher Amelios, student of Plotinos.
Damis  3/3/2005
Young adult writer Amelia Atwater-Rhodes bears this name.
ravensshadow  3/4/2005
I pronounce Amelia as "ah-MAY-lya".
gaelruadh19  5/8/2005
Common nicknames of Amelia include Mia, Milly/Millie, Mils and Mila.
nafer1  5/18/2005
Amelia is a very elegant and classy name.
Tbird  6/23/2005
I'm sorry but I really, really don't like this name. I don't like how popular it is today.
AndrewJKD  7/14/2005
The name is pronounced Ah-Me-Lee-A. It is also the name of a character in Vanity Fair.
Amelia101  7/29/2005
This is my name. I think it is a beautiful, unique name. I do not know anyone else with this name, personally.
millyb  11/29/2005
I always loved Peggy Parish's "Amelia Bedelia". She's a riot!
anthelga333  12/13/2005
Amelia is the birth name of actress Minnie Driver.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Amelia Earheart was a famous bearer of this name. Also, among teens, the main character of the 'Princess Diaries' series by Meg Cabot is Mia Thermopolis, born as Amelia.
fawkes100  12/25/2005
My sister's name is Amelia. It's unique in a way. I think it would sound more classy if it wasn't so popular nowadays.
ender  1/23/2006
"Amelia" is also the name of a birth defect most commonly associated with the drug thalidomide. It is marked by the absence of limbs.
lone_dreamer  2/1/2006
Amelia is my name, I used to hate it, but now I love it. I like being called Mia by my friends and family. I know 2 other Amelia's! And by the way you pronounce it A-Meal-e-uh!
Miamaya  3/2/2006
My sister's name is Amelia, and I really like it. She goes by Mia most of the time. Some people pronounce it Uh-meal-ee-a (really Texan), and other people pronounce it Uh-meal-ya. I like Mia way better than just Amelia though. It's very unique.
― Anonymous User  3/4/2006
Amelia is a name that I think grows on me. I don't know of anyone personally with this name. It doesn't seem to go out of fashion with the passage of time like some names do.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I love my name because it's unique, unlike those overused names! And it fits me.
Miamaya  5/23/2006
I love the name Amelia, my favourite name at the moment besides my kids' names. To me, an Amelia would be an adorably sweet girl, very caring but a little shy. The name is beautiful.
Lola Bug  6/9/2006
Amelia, or Mia, is the main character in Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries.
Tudor  6/14/2006
I love this name--it's mine. Seems that it's always been classic, but never overly trendy, and I hope it stays that way. Lone_dreamer's comment about the missing limbs makes it even cooler, somehow. And if anybody was thinking of naming their daughter after Amelia Bedelia--please don't! At least when people ask me if that's where I got my name, I can roll my eyes and say "No way." I would hate admitting to something like that, or having to lie about it.
Belldandy  7/29/2006
What kind of a name is Amelia, seriouly I think it's just so blah and outdated it sounds like somthing from the 1800s. Please just let this one die.
blu  7/30/2006
This is my name and I love it. It's NOT common, it's NOT bland, and it's original enough to be special but heard enough to not be freakish. Amelias also the name of that vampire chick on Underworld. Even though I hate that movie vampires are cool.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2006
This is my name, and although I used to not like it I now think it is quite classy and mature, which I like. I don't like how it is becoming so popular though, it should be kept unique!
― Anonymous User  8/9/2006
The Amelia Islands are a cluster of islands in America.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2006
Ameliorer is a French verb meaning "to improve".
― Anonymous User  8/11/2006
The name Amelia is the first name of a character named Amelia Donaghy in a movie called The Bone Collector (who was portrayed by Angelina Jolie), she was a patrol cop.
MundialNina93  8/21/2006
Nicknames could be Amy, Milly, Lia or Mia.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Amelia here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
It's pretty, but it's also the name of a birth defect in which one or more of the limbs are missing at birth.
demoiselle  9/25/2006
This is my baby daughter's name. We call her "Milly" most of the time. We really love it, and it's a name that has a lot of nickname options: Milly/Millie, Mia, Lia, Milla, etc.
my2miracles  12/19/2006
Who cares if it's a birth defect? No one really thinks about that when someone says their name is Amelia or something. Amelia is a gentle sounding name, and definitely feminime. It's unfortunate that the name is so popular nowadays. I know five Amelias under 11.
7up  1/2/2007
This is my name, I love it and always have. It has always set me apart. I have never met another Amelia, and I love that! (though I don't like how popular it is becoming) It was one of the best things my parents ever did for me. Its origin is German and it means industrious.
millym  2/25/2007
I think it is a pretty name.
elysa  3/14/2007
Pronounced as "Ah-mah-lia".
Karcoolka  4/16/2007
This form was first used in Henry Fielding's novel of the name; it is either a variation of Amalia or Emilia.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2007
The feline captin in Treasure Planet was Captain Amelia.
DontDissMadison  5/10/2007
Amelia Wil Tesla Seiruun is a character from the Slayers Japanese cartoon series.
Foof  6/8/2007
Pronounced as "AH-MEH-lya".
Nicknames: Amelka, Mel, Mia, Amelinka, Lia.
Maggie_Simpson  6/16/2007
I really like the sound of it, but I cannot shake the idea of Amelia Bedelia, the birth defect and meal worms (sp?). I wish I could because, save those associations, it's a really nice name.
nothingshortoftragic  6/21/2007
Pronounced as "Ah-mu-lya".
Janika  7/4/2007
It´s also the Czech and Slovak form.
Karcoolka  7/4/2007
What a pretty name!
rayne_is_lola  7/22/2007
I like this name, it is sweet and it will never go out of style. I really like the nicknames Mia, Lia, and Amy. I like the combination of Amelia May or Amelia Margorie. I always picture a sweet, shy girl whom everyone loves. It is such a classic name and something everyone says is so pretty.
blackitten14  8/6/2007
Amelia Sachs is a character in the Lincoln Rhyme book serias by Jeffery Deaver (i.e. The Bone Collector, The 12th Card, The Empty Chair, The Vanished Man, Cold Moon, et cetera.)
sharonrenee  8/31/2007
Czech actress Lucie Zedníčková & Vítek Pokorný have a daughter Amelia Pokorná, born at 2004, she weighed 3 kg and 50 cm.
Czech Ski Acrobat Aleš Valenta & Elen Černá have a daughter Amelia Valentová, born at 2004, she weighed 3,3 kg and 49 cm.
Maggie_Simpson  10/8/2007
I always remember the Amelia Jane books by Enid Blyton when I see this name, and when I was kid and I read those books I used to despise it, but now it's really grown on me a lot and I love it. It's classy and elegant; a name that would age well and yet still sound pretty enough for a little girl. An all round perfect name!
Laurisgirl  1/2/2008
Amelia Jean was the name of a little girl in the movie Split Infinity.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2008
Pronounced Ah-meh-lee-ah in Spanish and Portuguese.
― Anonymous User  2/25/2008
I really, really, really like this name. I don't know why I like it because I hate Emily and Emma.
jasmineenimsaj  3/1/2008
My, what a hideous name! It would be even more ridiculous if somebody named Emily (even for their middle name) called their child Amelia. It is so horrible, I think, because of the word meal being in it.
chrissiali  3/2/2008
This is a horrible name. For three reasons:
1. Birth Defect
2. Amelia Bedila
3. It sounds like an obese child: "A meal-ya!"
― Anonymous User  6/6/2008
Amelia is a Latin rooted name. Amelia is common in Spain due to the Latin roots. (PURE) is the meaning of the name. Pronounced Amai-lya, the A is of the vowel sound of a short O like in the word fall. Italy and Portugal is also common since the like countries all have Latin roots.
Molina  6/8/2008
Amelia is a very pretty name as told to me by many people. I prefer the name Mia but yet, no one catches on. Oh and by the way, that comment about losing limbs is absolutely rude and obnoxious. Keep those things to yourself please! :)
glittermylife2008  7/29/2008
Amelia Bones is a character in J.K. Rowling's famous Harry Potter series. She is the aunt of Susan Bones and works for the Ministry of Magic.
MaggAims2Live  8/19/2008
While it's not as pretty to me as the variant Emilia, I still like this name. It sounds girly in a good way.
bpheit  9/7/2008
I really like names that're unique without being too odd. Amelia is just a lovely name all around. It is quite feminine without overdoing the girlyness. It has a subtle beauty with a hint of intrigue as well.
mom2zeke  11/1/2008
I think this is a very nice name. A few years ago, I jokingly told someone that my full name was Amelia and that Amy was my nickname. They believed me and now many people call me Amelia even though it's not my name. They don't believe that my real name is just Amy.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2008
This is the name on my birth certificate, but I've been called Amy since practically the moment I was born. I don't really like the name that much for me, but I think it's pretty in general. I hate that there are nicknames like "Milly" derived from it, too, I'm so glad my parents nicknamed me Amy.
horsehealeramy  12/20/2008
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, American fiction writer, wrote her first short novel "In the Forests of the Night" when she was thirteen. Predominantly write about vampires and the supernatural.
― Anonymous User  12/31/2008
This is a Polish variant, too.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2009
I'm an Amelia, called Millie. Millie has seen me through my childhood and I know Amelia can see me through adulthood. I've known many Amelias, mostly within five years of me (born 1990), but just about all have had a different nickname. In Australia it seems it was one of the leading names of the classic resurgence of the 90s, along with Charlotte.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2009
It's also Polish variant, and it's pronunciation is
Sharp92  4/6/2009
Amelia Tan is Destroyx's (of the band Angelspit) real name.
Kerules  4/10/2009
My name is Amelia and I don't really like it when people call me Amelia Bedelia. It's SUPER annoying! Also, I have people call me Amy because of that. So overall I don't like the name Amelia, I wish it was legal to change names.
X_XemogurlX_X  5/5/2009
Amelia is a beautiful name, I love it, it is as sweet as a flower.
Gods.daughter  5/13/2009
The first time I heard this name on a real person I liked it. It gives a warm and friendly feeling yet not too overly familiar. I grew to LOVE the name over time. We named our new little daughter this. She is just as sweet and gentle and happy as her name sounds. We like Millie for a nickname though I love the name Amelia so much I will probably always call her her given name. I have gotten a lot of compliments on her name as well. And once in awhile I can tell it's not an instant hit with a person:) Oh well to have a name that is beautiful but still somewhat unique not everyone should fall head over heals for it.
mom2zeke  5/30/2009
Amelia was the name of Lara Croft's mother in the Tomb Raider games. After finding a sword in a temple in Nepal, Amelia grabs it and disappears. Years later, Lara finds her as a thrall in Helheim.
bananarama  8/6/2009
Most beautiful name for a girl. Wow. It is amazing. I love the way it sounds.
this name delivers beauty and grace.
italiannames  8/12/2009
I find it interesting that in the magazine Parents, Amelia is predicted to be in the top 10 names in popularity by 2019. I don't know if I see that, or I hope not but interesting nonetheless.

They also had Violet, Lila, Piper listed for girls. (That's all I remember right now.)
mom2zeke  9/24/2009
I think this name is pretty but not amazing. Since I read the book "Our Only May Amelia" I thought that May Amelia was one of the best combinations ever and thought differently of the name.
Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
A fictional bearer of this name is Amelia Pond, which is the red-haired companion of the 11th Doctor in Doctor Who, who goes by the nickname Amy. Personally, I like Amelia, I by far prefer it to the more plain Amy. :)
walesgal92  4/3/2010
This is my name and my family and I pronounce it as 'ah MILL ya'. My nickname is Mae (may) because when I was learning how to talk I couldn't pronounce Amelia very well and said Mae Mae instead.
amebell  4/6/2010
I prefer AMÉLIE.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2010
Although I like 'a-MEE-lee-a' better, if I ever named my daughter Amelia, I would pronounce it 'a-meh-LEE-a' simply because the first pronunciation is way too common now. However, a girl at my school named Amelia, pronounced the second way, always has to correct people, so it may not be the most convenient.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2010
This name is definitely becoming popular. It's very nice, though.
Chrila96  10/3/2010
Amelia Brightman (b. 1979) is a British singer. She's Sarah Brightman's younger sister.
Caprice  10/12/2010
Beautiful and uncommon. I adore the Princess Diaries connection.
DaphneSusan  10/14/2010
I think it's a nice name, but it's actually quite unpopular here. I only know one girl called Amelia, and she goes by Amy. She thinks it's too "fairytale-ish".
rachypiesheepbaa  11/2/2010
I prefer Amalia.
Dawson  12/15/2010
This name is also used in Poland. (Or rather abused, really. Call "Amelia" at a Polish playground and half of the girls will turn their heads, then call "Oliwia" and there are hardly any girls left.) [noted -ed]
Chwala  12/30/2010
I don't why but I just don't like this name... maybe because it's too common.
starz26  1/4/2011
Amelia Vega (1984-), Dominican model and Miss Universe 2003.
CarolinW  1/6/2011
Princess Amelia of Great Britain (1711-1786), daughter of George II.
CarolinW  1/6/2011
I LOVE the name Amelia. I think it's adorable, elegant, and sophisticated. I have it on my list as Amelia Celeste. (: Some cute nicknames are Mia, Lia, Millie, and Mills. I hate the nickname "Amy" though. I think Amy is boring and dated.
LittleSamGirl  8/30/2011
The Italian pronunciation is ah-ME-lyah. [noted -ed]
presentperfect  9/12/2011
Amelia "Amy" Bruckner is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
This name is so beautiful and perfect. I love this name it is elegant and grown up sounding but also it could be adorable for a little girl. I would totally use this name for my daughter.
AwAriDoll  2/16/2012
A nice old-fashioned girls name that is making a revival, I like it.
Amanda_M87  2/24/2012
In 2010 the new companion on Doctor Who became 'Amelia Pond'(the girl who waited), also known as Amy. Played by actress Karen Gillian. The Doctor also takes note that it's a great name because it sounds 'like a fairytale'.
hoppbird  3/12/2012
Maria Amelia (1831-1853) was the daughter of King Pedro IV of Portugal and his second wife Amelie.
CarolinW  7/18/2012
This name is so pretty, I love it :) but my cousin is Emilia (which I prefer slightly) so id never use it. However, although this name was used a long time ago, I wouldn't call it old fashioned because its more popular now than it has ever been. Probably because its being used so much by the parents who are trying to be all "vintage" by using names like Grace, Amelia, and Lillian. But those names are gaining extreme popularity now, so i'd say maybe use pretty, old fashioned names that aren't overused, like Marie or florence :)
― Anonymous User  3/9/2013
It's okay, although its very trendy right now. I'd say if you like Amelia but are worried its too common, try Amalia instead :)
Oohvintage  5/27/2013
My name is Amelia! I do not have a nickname. Well, my sisters call me Mimi, but only because they could not say it right when they were little. Now everyone calls me Amelia. I think it fits me PERFECT. People pronounce all different ways, I don't care, it sounds good any way. Although the people that say A-mil-ea spell it that way. Sometimes my name is either way, it comes out differently, depending on who the person is. My mom named me that because she thought it was pretty and because when she coached soccer, there was a little girl named Amelia who was the sweetest, and smartest, person she ever met she said. She also said I am sweet and super smart kinda like her. And my middle name is Marie. Pronounced Ma-Ree. My mom is Denise Marie. Isn't Amelia Marie Pretty? If I was a boy I would have been named Robert Micheal. I would have been called Micheal because my dad's name is Robert. I like the name Micheal. And Robert. But I love my own name and think it is very pretty. If I had to choose a nickname for it, I would choose Mia. I can be like either one, they both fit me. And I am not kidding when I say I am smart, I am in gifted not to brag. So I am called Amelia most of the time, almost all the time. But I usaully have to say my name over when people ask me since I talk fast and clear, they think It was Emily or something, but I don't care they say Amelia is pretty. I like it.
spellwave  9/15/2013
Polish pronunciation is the same as Italian: ah-ME-lyah.
szarakowo  6/13/2014
Amelia "Amy" Pond is/was a major character on Doctor Who, and it's probably because of her that the name is now so popular in the UK. Just like how Jacob and Isabella became top names in the US because of Twilight.
JustAnotherFangirl  6/15/2014
Amelia Lily Oliver is an English pop singer who finished third in the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2014
A wonderful, beautiful name. A possible nickname could be 'Melia', though I personally think nicknames are unnecessary for this name. :)
― Anonymous User  7/3/2014
Amelia Warner, an English actress.
― Anonymous User  8/15/2014
Oh, gosh! D: After discovering there's a BIRTH DEFECT called "Amelia" it's really hard for me to think of this name the same way I had before! X__x.
― Anonymous User  8/15/2014
Not bad, but it reminds me of oatmeal, which I don't care for. Also, there was a movie called "Something About Amelia" about a girl who was experiencing incest at home.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2014
We are from Belgium and named our daughter Amelia after Amelia Earhart, the first female to fly across the Atlantic. We were looking for a classy and elegant, timeless name yet not overly used, which can be pronounced in many languages and has a nice meaning and some nice role models. We only found out about the birth defect after we picked the name, I doubted a bit but hardly anyone knows it, so we were ok with that. The French variant Amélie is quite popular but Amelia is rather rare.
lobstof  10/6/2014
Amelia Dyer, a prolific serial-killer who murdered infants in her care in Victorian England.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2014
This name is a little old fashioned for me but I prefer it to Emilia.
namefan5000  12/29/2014
Uh-meal-yah=Amelia. It's pretty but I'm hearing many other pronunciations and it means work. That's not a lovely meaning. Also if you like Mia, just name her Mia. I don't know where Mia comes from out of this name. Lia, Amy, Mel, Elle, Ellie, Lee.
LV51sfan91  4/5/2015
In Star Wars, Amelia was used as a pseudonym for Allana Solo, following her father Darth Caedus's death, in order to protect her from assassins. Amelia Solo was thought to be the adopted daughter of her grandparents Han and Leia Solo.

Also, in Harry Potter, the witch Amelia Bones was head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement until she was killed by the warlord Tom Riddle.
Caedus  4/7/2015
Has nobody mentioned the sweet-natured Amelia Sedley in Thackerey's "Vanity Fair" yet?

Pretty enough name, but Emilia is less common and avoids the birth defect reference.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2015
Okay, you know what, I think I can get past the birth defect thing. I still think this name looks and sounds pretty. :)
― Anonymous User  6/10/2015
I really can't get past the birth defect. Of all the names out there, why pick a birth defect?
― Anonymous User  7/31/2015
I love this name. Amelia. Pretty, intelligent, classical. Amelia. The nicknames are beautiful... Emma, Millie... I was going to name my second daughter Amelia, if I ever had one. I did not. I love this name.
GigiGogo  8/3/2015
My name is Amelia and when I was in grade school I went by Amelia. I use to think it was an old lady name but now that I have gotten older I actually kind of like the name. I go by Amie now only my mom calls me Amelia or when I go some where that they call you by your name and that is about it. My name isn't a family name I was named after one of my fathers ex-girlfriends.
acabral  9/7/2015
My name is Amelia, I'm most called Milly. I used to hate the name Amelia because I felt as if It was too 'posh' for me and a bit old. But I'm growing on it a bit.
Amelxia  11/17/2015
I don't get why people like this name so much. This is my name and I wish I was never named like that. I almost fainted when I saw the ideas of Amelia being nicknamed Mia, Millie, or whatever else. I almost had my first nightmare after finding out that Amelia is a birth defect. This is terrible. Judge me all you want, people, but I really don't like this name. Emily or Amy, for instance, is a way nicer variety.
I got bullied at school because of this name. Amelia Bedelia - would you want to be called something like that? I'm sure not.
It sounds really old and weird. And I want to learn to fly a plane, but the thought of Amelia Earhard holds me.
I am a tomboy, and this name doesn't fit me at all. It's really girly - and it bugs me a lot. Saying this name had always felt weird. Just sharing my personal experiences.
I wish my parents never encountered that name and never named me that. I want to change it into something cool.
One last thing. When I hear the name "Amelia" I imagine an old, black-and-white picture of a young woman in one of those hhuge Victorian dresses, which makes me shiver.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2016
Exactly. My friend is trying to change her name to Amelia but I hate the name I just don't want her to know.
14302  1/14/2016
I prefer Amalia; just changing the one letter makes the name infinitely more pretty, original, and graceful than the boring Amelia.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
This name is very common nowadays. Although, it's not too common yet where you can't give your child the name anymore. I can see why, it's very beautiful.
DundiculutNicholas  1/27/2017
Amelia Heinle Luckinbill is an American actress best known for her roles in American soap operas. Amelia March Heinle was born in Phoenix, Arizona and has four younger siblings. She grew up in Arizona and moved to New Jersey with her family when she was 15 years old.
cutenose  4/21/2017
The Spanish pronunciation is also a-ME-lya. [noted -ed]
coffee_pies  8/12/2017
This is my name and I pronounce it as uh-mee-lee-uh.
Noodlesrgreat  2/15/2018
Amelia Minchin, Miss Minchin's sister, is a character in A Little Princess.
Kitandkat  3/24/2018
All the so called history but still zero meaning given for the name Amelia. Anyone notice?
Patticakes  3/29/2018
I love the name Amelia. I would definitely use it as my daughter's name but I would quite like it as Amelia-Jane.
― Anonymous User  4/4/2018

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