Amy: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Amy

Amy

Pronunciation: AY-mee (key)

Origin of the name Amy:

Derived from the Middle English Amye, which is from the Old French Aimee (beloved), a name derived from the verb aimer (to love).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Amy: | Edit

MY name is Amy and I love my name as well. I see a lot of comments on here about it being a babyish name but I dont think it is at all. As far as nicknames, ive gotten them all....aim, ames...whatever, but the one I like best my first niece started when she learned how to talk 14 years ago...maimee!!! As a baby she could not say A-M-Y so when she tried it came out as Maimee (May-Mee) and I think its cute as hell! Im only 27 but all my siblings and my parents and close friends now call me Maimee as my nickname. Maimee sounds way more babyish than Amy but it was specially made for me :)

Amy is such a sweet and simple name. It's ready for a comeback! Works as a nickname for Amelia, Amanda, and Harmony too.

Alternate spellings: Ami, Amie, Aimee

My name is Amanda and nobody has ever called me Amy. That is simply absurd to me.

My name is Amanda, and I have been called Amy my whole life. My parents didn't like Mandy, and decided to use Amy as a nickname. They both have the same root. How does it not make sense??

My name is Amy and I loooove it. It is sweet and pretty and, I'm told, it fits me perfectly. My middle name is Christine and I think it also fits very well. I think with a short name like this a long middle name is appropriate. Amy CAN have nicknames. My mom called me Mimi when I was younger. I've also been called Eh-me (because I'm also Canadian) which technically isn't very different, but at least it's unique, and Aimless because, admittedly, I'm often in my own little world. I'm okay with any of these names. Parents- go ahead and call your baby Amy; you should expect a sweet little girl.

my name is amy too and i love my name its short easy to spell and young and i love my name being young its the name for me and i know that! :D

My name is Amy and I have grown to love it. I was originally going to be named Amethyst however my parents thought it would be too long for a little girl to write and henceforth shortened it to Amy.

Personal experiences with the name Amy: | Edit

My name is Amy and I LOVE it. Always have. I'm surprised so many here don't feel the same. I was born in the late '80s and I've heard my whole life how well my name suits me. I like it because it's simple, but also really sweet and pretty. I think it is one of those 'timeless' names that will always be around - but I agree, it's time for a comeback! I think my parents chose a perfect name for me and even though I don't know a TON of Amys my age, I always get excited when I do meet one.

I was named after the song "Amie" by Pure Prairie League. I have always adored my name and have always had nicknames. I was Amie L. to all of my school friends b/c there were 3 of us, each spelled differently. I was lucky enough to have "fit" my name, outgoing, lots of friends (name means beloved/friend). I would say bring it back parents, but I already have to turn too many times in the grocery store :)

My mother's name is Amy Janet, born in 1965. I've only known one 'Amy' my own age my whole life (I'm an '80s baby).

Hi! My name is Amelia (named after Amelia Earhart) but my mom has always called me Amy. I've tried to switch as an adult, with little success ;) I like both of my names. When I was taught to write my name it was AMY. In junior high I decided since it was short for Amelia it should be spelled AME, but no one could figure out how to pronounce that, so I went back to AMY and now only use Ame for special people. There was another Amy in my class and we used to be called Amy S and Amy A after the initials of our last names. We were both born in May of 1974. Her middle name is Ellen, and mine is Josephine. I really wanted to be called AJ but that never stuck ;) Some people still call me Amy Jo.

I love my name. My Mum named me after Amy in "Little Women." My middle name is also Lee which seems to be a popular choice. I was born in the early 1980s.

When I was very little my mom called me Amos. Most people I'm close with call me Aim, I like Aim.
Thoughts of A-Me... A-You sometimes crossed my mind. An upside, it's easy to spell and write as a child. I have met numerous Amys my age (79).

I'm called Amy and I love it! The only downside is that it's quiste short but I don't mind because I have two lovely, classical, long middle names:Victoria and Katherine. I also have loads of nicknames at school-Aimz, Aim, Amzy, Amz, Mon Amie (My best friends). My mum also calls me Amily or Amalia(it's a long story!) and Ama is a favourite with family and my closest friends. My aunt calls me little May!! I also love the reason I was named Amy, after Amy March from Little Women. I love historical fiction and for and acting exam I once played Amy March so it is a special name and it means a lot to me. x

Nicknames for Amy: | Edit

Cute and adorable ~ MiMi / MiiMii
Got that zing to it ~ amz
Fun ~ the amster
Casual ~ A
Special ~ maymee / maimee
Friendly ~ aims, aimers, aim , ame
My cousin can't pronounce "a" or "y" so ~ oimoi
Loving~ amo (meaning I love in Spanish...etc)
Sweet ~ aimo
Nutter ~ aimio
Different ~ amiimii

My name is amy and I like MiiMii ♡

Meanings and history of the name Amy: | Edit

Amy is of Old French and Latin origin, and its meaning is "beloved".

Anglicised form of the Old French Aimee, meaning "beloved", which originated as a nickname from the Latin Amata, from "amare", meaning "to love".

Mythology: Amata was the wife of King Latinus, whose daughter Lavinia married Aeneas and according to the "Aeneid", became the mother of the Roman people.

Amelia Earhart was baptized Amelia (but always called Amy) after her mother Amelia "Amy" Otis Earhart (1869 – 1962).

Famous real-life people named Amy: | Edit

Amy Acker, American actress
Amy Adams, American actress
Amy Arbus, photographer and daughter of Diane Arbus
Amy Ashwood Garvey, Jamaican-born feminist
Amy Beach, American composer
Amy Brenneman, American actress
Amy Bruckner, American actress
Amy Carmichael, Missionary to India
Amy Carter, Political activist and daughter of President Jimmy Carter
Amy Chow, Gymnast
Amy Clampitt, American poet
Amy Cook, Musician
Amy Cotton, Canadian Judoka
Amy Cusack, American Actress
Amy Davidson, American actress
Amy Dumas, American singer and former professional wrestler
Amy Grant, American Christian contemporary pop singer
Amy Irving, American actress
Amy Jo Johnson, American actress, singer-songwriter and musician
Amy Johnson, a noted English aviatrix
Amy Judith Levy, English poet
Amy Klobuchar, United States senator from Minnesota
Amy Lee, American singer-songwriter and pianist
Amy Lindsay, American actress
Amy Locane, Actress
Amy Lowell, American poet
Amy Lynn, American radio host
Amy Macdonald, Disambiguation
Amy Madigan, Actress
Amy Millan, Canadian singer-songwriter
Amy Poehler, American comedian and actress
Amy Ray, American singer-songwriter
Amy Ryan, American actress
Amy Schumer, American comedian and actress
Amy Sedaris, American actress, author, and comedian
Amy Smart, American actress and fashion model
Amy Tan, American writer
Amy Tong, American Judoka
Amy Van Dyken, American Olympic Swimmer
Amy Weber, American model, actress and former WWE Diva

Amy in song, story & screen: | Edit

Written Word:
Amy March, character in Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women".
Amy Haskel, the main character in Diana Peterfreund's Secret Societ Girls series
Amy Sutton, a character in the Sweet Valley High series
Amy Dorritt, a character in Charles Dickens' "Little Dorritt"
Amy Fleming, main character in Lauren Brooke's Heartland series

Screen:
Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, neurobiologist on the CBS sitcom, "The Big Bang Theory"
'Chasing Amy', 1997 film written by Kevin Smith
'Amy', 1977 film written by David Parker
'Amy', 1981 film written by Noreen Stone
Ami's dub name in the hit T.V. show Sailor Moon
Amy Gardner, a lobbyist and the First Lady's Chief of Staff in T.V. show The West Wing
Amy Rose, a character from the video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog
Amy Sorel, a playable female character in the Soul series of fighting games
Amy Wong, a character in the T.V. show Futurama
Amy Madison, a character in the T.V. show Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"Accident" Amy, played by Sandra Bullock, who appeared in episodes of the show "George Lopez"
Amy Fleming, main character in CBC's show "Heartland"
Amy (Amelia) Pond/Williams, companion in BBC's Doctor Who

Song:
"Miami, My Amy", song by Keith Whitley
"Amy's Back in Austin", song by Little Texas
"Once in Love With Amy", classic song by Frank Loesser, performed by Frank Sinatra and others
"Amie", song by Pure Prairie League
"Amie", song by Damien Rice
"Amy", song by Billy Redfield
"Amy", song by Bleu Edmondson
"Amy", song by Bobby Darin
"Amy", song by The Crash Motive
"Amy", song by Dirty Three
"Amy", song by Elton John
"Amy", song by Jack Hylton in honor of Amy Johnson
"Amy", song by Mark Ronson
"Amy", song by Mark Ronson featuring Kenna
"Amy", song by Percy Faith & His Orchestra
"Amy", song by Richard Julian
"Amy", song by River City High
"Amy", song by Ryan Adams
"Amy", song by This World Fair
"Amy", song by THREELEGGEDDOG
"Amy Amy Amy", song by Amy Winehouse
"We Made You" By Eminem

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