The meaning of the name “Emily” is: “Industrious, Flatterer, to Strive or Rival”.
Additional information: Emily is a feminine English name derived from the Latin origin name Aemilia, which is the feminine form of the Roman family name Aemilius (trying to equal or excel), a name taken from the root word aemulus, meaning ‘rival’. Emily is also a form of the English, Spanish, German, Latin, Dutch, and Italian girl name Amelia in the English language. Another explanation is coming from the Greek girl name Amalia, ‘Αμαλία’, from the word aimulos (friendly, tender and kind.)
As Emily is a very popular name for girls in English speaking countries, some parents prefer to go with similar sounding names such as Amelia, Emma, or Emmeline. A masculine variant of Emily is ‘Emil’, although Emil is more common in Germanic and Scandinavian speaking countries than in English speaking countries. Diminutives for Emily include Em, Emmie, Millie, and their variant spellings. Most foreign spellings of Emily follow the same basic spelling patterns, such as the French Émilie, the German Emilie, and the Spanish Emilia. Common misspellings of Emily are ‘Emilily’, ‘Emlyn’, and ‘Emmily’.
The name Emily increased in popularity in the seventies, rising from 173rd to 34th most popular by the end of the decade, but it wasn’t until the nineties that the name really became popular in the USA – entering the top ten in 1991, Emily was the most popular name for girls in the USA consecutively from 1996 until 2007. Since then its popularity has declined slightly, ranking at number 6 in 2012. It was the seventh most popular name for girls in 2014. Since 1996 in England and Wales, the name Emily has never fallen out of the top five names for girls; it was the third most popular name in 2013.
Emily Dickinson (American poet) and Emily Brontë (English novelist) have both helped to give the name Emily literary associations. Other famous people named Emily are Emily Blunt (English actress), Emily Pankhurst (English political activist and Suffragette), and Emily Osment (American actress).
There is a bridge in Stowe, Vermont called Gold Brook Covered Bridge, but it is also known as ‘Emily’s Bridge’. Apparently haunted by a ghost named Emily, there are several stories explaining the origins of Emily - a spurned lover, run down by horses, or broken-hearted, the stories usually end with her either plunging into the river below, or hanging herself from the bridge.
Pronunciation: (EH mee lee) Form of:Aemilia Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Emily Post, past American author on etiquette
Emily Hughes, American figure skater champion
Emily Carr, Canadian artist
Emily Barton, American novelist
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Aboriginal Australian artist
Emily Watters, American novelist
Emily Dickinson, an American poet
Emily Blunt, an English actress
Emily Bronte, a 19th century poet and novelist.
Considering Emily as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Emily for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Emily is a girl name.
The name Emily is of Latin origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Emily we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Emily Name Meaning
The meaning of Emily is “Industrious, Flatterer, to Strive or Rival”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Emily and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Emily and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Emily is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Emily
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Emily displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Emily Boy Name Popularity Chart
Emily Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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