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 (#27258 out of 150436, Top 18%). (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)
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 these girl names was at its highest in 2014 (usage of 0.39%), except for forms like Emmalee, Emilie, Emmie, Emeline 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), and there is a rekindling in baby name usage for Emelia, Emilia and Millie. (2014 Birth Statistics)