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 1 masculine form: Emil.Creative forms:
(female) Emiel, Emieli, ..
(male) Emiel, Emieli, .. Middle name pairings:
Emily Chelsey (E.C.), ..
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)
Emily reached its top rank of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is presently at #8. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Emma (#1 the previous year), Amelia (#12), Emilia (#145), Amy (#158), Emely (#432), Emmalyn (#457), Emilee (#585), Emelia (#592), Emmy (#616), Amelie (#641), Emmalynn (#697), Emmeline (#809), Amalia (#828), Emilie (#867), Emmaline (#900), Emmalee (#970), Emmie (#1074), Emme (#1438), Ema (#1469), Amilia (#1564), Emalee (#1857), Emelyn (#1899), Emelie, Emelda, Milly, Emeline, Emmaleigh, Amalie, Emaline and Emili are the popular alternative forms of Emily (#8 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%, ▼43.6%). Emily is the firm favorite, though Emma is now the preferred form, while forms like Emilie are now less common.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.