Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. EHM-ə-lee  [key·IPA]

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.

This name was moderately popular through most of the 20th century, and became very popular around the turn of the 21st century. It was the highest ranked name for girls in the United States from 1996 to 2007, attaining similar levels in other English-speaking countries around the same time.

Famous bearers include the British author Emily Brontë (1818-1848), known for the novel Wuthering Heights, and the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

Related Names

DiminutivesEm, Emmie, Emmy, Millie, Milly
Other Languages & CulturesAemilia(Ancient Roman) Emilia, Emiliya(Bulgarian) Emili, Emilija(Croatian) Emílie, Emilie(Czech) Emilia, Emilie, Mille(Danish) Emilia, Emmi, Milja, Milka(Finnish) Émilie, Emmy, Emy(French) Emilia, Emilie(German) Emilia(Greek) Emili, Emília(Hungarian) Emilía(Icelandic) Emilia(Italian) Emīlija(Latvian) Emilija(Lithuanian) Emilija(Macedonian) Emilia, Emilie, Mille, Milly(Norwegian) Emilia, Milka(Polish) Emília(Portuguese) Emilia(Romanian) Emiliya(Russian) Emilija(Serbian) Emília(Slovak) Emilija(Slovene) Emilia(Spanish) Emelie, Emilia, Emilie, Milly(Swedish) Emiliya(Ukrainian)
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Entry updated December 14, 2019