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Meaning and name origin

Emily \e-mi-ly\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Aemiley, Aemilia, Aemilie, Aimil, Amalea, Amalia, Amalie, Amelie, Ameline, Amelita, Amy, Eimile, Em, Emalee, Emali, Emalia, Emalie, Emaline, Emelda, Emelea, Emelia, Emely, Emeli, Emelia, Emelie, Emelina, Emeline, Emelita, Emelly, 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.

There is 1 masculine form of Emily: Emil.


Emily is a very popular first name for females (#99 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#21620 out of 88799, Top 24%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Emily for girls (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Emily and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Emma (#1), Emily (#7), 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, Emelie and Emeline. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Emma, Emily, Amelia, Amy, Emilia, Emely, Emmalyn, Emilee, Emelia, Emmy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Amelie, Emilie, Emmalynn, Emmalee, Emmaline, Amalia, Emmeline, Emmie, Emelie, Emeline in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emma, Emily, Amelia, Amy, Emilia outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emilee, Emmy, Amelie, Emilie, Emelie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Emily is also pronounced similarly to Amaly, Amilya and Emilyah. Another suggested similar baby name is Eily. These names tend to be less commonly used than Emily.


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