Girl Names baby nameAmelia

What does the name Amelia mean?

The different meanings of the name Amelia are:
  • Germanic meaning: Work; effort; strain; hard working; industrious
  • Hebrew meaning: Work of the Lord
  • English meaning: Industrious Striving
  • Latin meaning: Industrious
  • Teutonic meaning: Industrious, striving
The meaning of the name “Amelia” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Amelia is a German feminine name meaning ‘work’, and is a variant spelling of the name ‘Amalia’ and ‘Emelia’. It is sometimes mistakenly believed to be derived from the Latin name Aemilia – while the two names do look and sound familiar, Aemilia means ‘rival’, and was translated into Emily in English. Common diminutives for Amelia are Millie, Amy, Mel, and Lia. Amelia’s variants in other languages include the French Amélie, the German Amelie, and the Spanish Amalia. Similar names to Amelia include Amy, Emily, and Amanda. Amelia is commonly misspelled as ‘Ameila’ and ‘Amela’.

Princess Amelia Sophia was the daughter of George II and the youngest of George III's fifteen children was named Amelia. "Amelia" is also the term for a birth defect in which a child is born without limbs, from the Greek prefix "α-" ("none") and the word "μέλη" ("limbs").

The name Amelia has enjoyed substantial popularity in the USA since 1880, although its popularity dipped during the sixties. Since then it has climbed back up in the ratings, and was the fifteenth most popular name for girls in 2014. In England and Wales, the name Amelia was introduced during the Hanover monarchy, with two princesses being named Amelia. More recently, the name was the most popular name for girls between 2011 and 2013.

Aside from the two British princesses, other famous people named Amelia include Amelia Bloomer (American feminist, popularised bloomers), Amalberga of Maubeuge (Saint Amelia) and, perhaps the most renowned Amelia, Amelia Earhart (American aviator who died during her try to flight of the globe in 1937 and her body was never found). Famous fictional characters named Amelia are Amelia Bones from the Harry Potter series, Amelia Pond from Doctor Who, and Amelia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries. Henry Fielding popularized this name with his novel "Amelia" in 1751.

Urban legends abound over the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in 1937, with common explanations being that she was either lost at sea or went down with her plane. Some of the legends say that she washed ashore on one of the Pacific islands and lived as a castaway, and one more recent suggestion builds off of this idea – that Amelia Earhart was overwhelmed by coconut crabs, a theory supported by skeletal fragments found on Nikumaroro in 1940.