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What does Emily mean?

Emily /emi-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 11 more different relations via Amelia, Emilia, Emma: Amaly, Amalya, Amelya, Amilia, Ema, Emilyah, Emma, Emme, Emmelyn, Emmet and Emmot.

Emily has 1 masculine form: Emil.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Elily, Emieli, ..

(male) Emieli, Emiri, ..

How popular is Emily?

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 (#27258 out of 150436, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 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), Emely (#415), Emmalyn (#465), Emilee (#596), Emelia (#625), Emmy (#663), Amelie (#667), Emilie (#732), Emmalynn (#770), Emmalee (#852), Emmaline (#880), Amalia (#884), Emmeline (#907), Emmie (#1150), Ema (#1514), Emme (#1526), Milly (#1654), Amilia (#1745), Emelyn (#1755), Emalee (#1842), Emmaleigh (#1945), Emelie, Emelda, Emeline, Amalie, Emaline and Emili are the popular alternative forms of Emily (#7 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Emily was widespread among parents a century ago (adoption of 5.4%) and is somewhat less today (adoption 3.1%, 43.9%). Emily is the firm favorite, though Emma is now the preferred form, while forms like Emma are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emily, Amalia, Amalie, Amelia, Amelie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Amilia, Amy, Ema, Emalee, Emaline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emelda, Emelia, Emelie, Emeline, Emely in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emelyn, Emilee, Emili, Emilia, Emilie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emma, Emmalee, Emmaleigh, Emmaline, Emmalyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emmalynn, Emme, Emmeline, Emmie, Emmy, Milly in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


Emily is alike in pronunciation to Amala, Amiliya and Amilya. Other suggested similar names are Baily, Brily, Eila, Eiley, Eily, Eiry, Elly, Emalyn, Emblyn, Emina, Evilyn, Haily, Laily and Lily. These names tend to be less commonly used than Emily.