Emi Name Meaning & Origin

Emi

Pronunciation: EH-mee (key)

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Emi is a common Japanese girl's name, pronounced "Amy". It was especially popular in Japan from about the 1960's through the 1980's. (Before that, it was most commonly found as Emiko, with the traditional girl's name suffix -ko). Emi is quite popular with Japanese-Americans and Japanese living abroad, since it blends in quite well with Western names.

The name Emi is also used nowadays by French-speaking families in Quebec, Canada, as an alternative spelling of Emmy/Emy which is currently fashionable there.

Emi and Mei are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

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I named my daughter Emi. I wanted a short name to go along with a longer, hypenated surname. I also liked the meaning and uniqueness.

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Like most Japanese names, Emi can be written with a variety of Japanese characters, each with its own meaning. Popular combinations are E meaning "blessing" (恵) or "picture" (絵) + MI meaning "beauty" (美). Since Emi is a common Japanese name, many parents try to come up with more unusual and distinctive combinations of characters to write it. Emi also means "(a) smile," also in Japanese.

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Emi Kobayashi, Emi Hinouchi

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