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What does Emily mean?

Emily \e-mi-ly\ as a girls' name is pronounced EM-i-ee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Emily is "rival; laborious; eager". Feminine of Emil, from the Latin name Aemilia, feminine form of the old Roman surname Aemilius (probably from aemulus). Literary: the form Emelye was used in the 14th century by Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale", which was a translation of Emilia, the form in Chaucer's source, Boccaccio's Teseida. There is overlap in usage between variants of Emily, Amelia, Emma and Emmeline. 19th-century novelist and poet Emily Brontė; poet Emily Dickinson; ettiquette maven Emily Post; actress Emily Watson.


Emily has 75 variants: Aemiley, Aemilia, Aemilie, Aimil, Amalea, Amalia, Amalie, Amelie, Ameline, Amelita, Amy, Eimile, Em, Emalee, Emali, Emalia, Emalie, Emaline, Emelda, Emelea, Emeli, Emelia, Emelia, Emelie, Emelina, Emeline, Emelita, Emelly, Emely, Emely, Emelyn, Emelyne, Emera, Emila, Emilea, Emilee, Emiley, Emili, Emilia, Emilie, Emilija, Emiline, Emilla, Emille, Emillea, Emilley, Emillie, Emilly, Emlyn, Emlynn, Emlynne, Emmalee, Emmaleigh, Emmalie, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emmalynne, Emmelee, Emmelie, Emmely, Emmelyne, Emmey, Emmi, Emmie, Emmilee, Emmilie, Emmily, Emmlee, Emmy, Emmye, Emyle, Emylee, Milka and Milly.

Emily has 45 more different forms via Amelia, Emilia, Emma: Aemelia, Aimiliona, Amalee, Amaleta, Amalija, Amalina, Amaline, Amalita, Amaliya, Amaly, Amalya, Amalyna, Amalyne, Amalyta, Amelina, Ameliya, Amelya, Amelyna, Amelyne, Amelyta, Amilia, Delia, Ema, Emalinda, Emiliana, Emilyah, Emma, Emme, Emmeleia, Emmeline, Emmelyn, Emmet, Emmett, Emmette, Emmot, Emmott, Emmylou, Ima, Mali, Malia, Malika, Meelia, Melia, Meline and Millie.

Emily has 1 masculine form: Emil.


Emily is a very prominent first name for women (#99 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#21620 out of 88799, Top 24%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Emily for girls. Emily reached its top rank of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is presently at #7. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Emily name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emily outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Emily and related names. Emma (#1 the previous year), Amelia (#15), Amy (#148), Emilia (#164), Malia (#345), Emely (#415), Emmalyn (#465), Millie (#505), Emilee (#596), Emelia (#625), Emmy (#663), Amelie (#667), Emilie (#732), Emmalynn (#770), Emmalee (#852), Emmaline (#880), Amalia (#884), Emmeline (#907), Delia, Emelie, Ima, Emeline and Emmie are the popular alternative forms of Emily (#7 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of this girl name is at its highest presently, except for forms like Emmalee, Emilie, Ima, Emmie and Delia which have become somewhat dated. The most fashionable girl names among these are Emmalyn (#465), Millie (#505), Emmy (#663), Emelia (#625) and Emilia (#164). There is a rekindling in baby name usage for Emelia, Emilia and Millie. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Amalia, Amelia, Amelie, Amy, Delia, Emelia, Emelie, Emeline, Emely, Emilee in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Emilia, Emilie, Emily, Emma, Emmalee, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emmeline, Emmie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Emmy, Ima, Malia, Millie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Amelia, Amelie, Amy, Emelie, Emilia outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emily, Emma, Emmy, Millie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Emily is alike in pronunciation to Amilya. Another suggested similar baby name is Eily. These names tend to be less commonly used than Emily.