What does Amy mean?
Amy \a-my\ as a girls' name is pronounced AY-mee. It is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Amy is "beloved". Anglicized form of the Old French Amee, meaning "beloved", which originated as a nickname from the Latin Amata, from "amare", meaning "to love". Mythology: wife of King Latinus, whose daughter Lavinia married Aeneas and according to the "Aeneid", became the mother of the Roman people. The name was given prominence by Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women". Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken; poet Amy Lowell; evangelist Aimée Semple McPherson; actresses Amy Madigan, Amy Sedaris; singer Amy Grant.
Amy has 1 masculine form: Amyas.
Amy is a very prominent first name for females (#32 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#13641 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Amy for girls. Amy reached its highest rank of #2 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #148 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Amy and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Amy (#148 in 2014) are Emily (#7 in 2014), Amelia (#15), Amia (#709), Aimee (#815), Esme (#816), Amya (#825), Amie, Ami, Amiah and Ammie. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4064%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3332%, down 18%), with the versions Amya, Ami, Amie and Aimee becoming less in vogue. Amia (#709), Amelia (#15), Emily (#7) and Amy (#148) are four of the more fashionable baby names in this list, and there is a rebound in birth name popularity for Amelia, Amy and Emily. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Amy is pronounced similarly to Aimey, Ama, Amaya, Amey, Amiya, Amma, Ema, Emmy, Ima▼, Oma▼ and Uma. Other suggested similar baby names are Ady, Agy, Aime, Ana, Anh, Ann▼, Anny, Anya, Anyu and Ayn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Amy.