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What does Emily mean?

Emily Pronunciation of Emily 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 Bront´┐Ż; poet Emily Dickinson; ettiquette maven Emily Post; actress Emily Watson.


ASSOCIATED WITH old, roman, surname, knight (warrior), 19th century


VARIANTS 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, Milly

OTHER FORMS VIA AMELIA, EMILIA, EMMA Amaly, Amalya, Amelya, Amilia, Ema, Emilyah, Emma, Emme, Emmelyn, Emmet, Emmot


(female) Emiel, ..

(male) Emiel, ..

Emily Anneliese (E.A.), ..

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 #12. (2018 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.

Which version is better?

Emma (#1 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Amelia (#8), Emilia (#58), Amy (#205), Emelia (#477), Emely (#485), Emmalyn (#508), Emmy (#539), Amalia (#593), Emmie (#598), Amelie (#721), Emilee (#780), Emmeline (#784), Emmalynn (#840), Emmaline (#903), Emilie (#1027), Amilia (#1259), Emmalee (#1299), Emmi (#1659), Ema (#1677), Emme (#1745), Milly (#1871), Emeline (#1927), Emelyn (#1988), Emmaleigh, Amalie, Emelie, Emelda, Emaline, Emalee and Emili are the popular alternative forms of Emily (#12) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Emily was widespread among parents 2 decades ago (ADOPTION OF 3.3%) and has remained as conventional to this day (ADOPTION 3.1%, 5.9%). Emily is the firm favorite, though Emma is now the preferred form, while forms like Emalee 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, Emmi, Emmie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of 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-sounding 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.

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