Emily: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Emily

Emily

Pronunciation: EH-mə-lee (key)

Origin of the name Emily:

English cognate of the Latin Aemilia, which is from Aemilius, an old Roman family name probably derived from aemulus (trying to equal or excel, rival).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Emily: | Edit

It's a beautiful name, but the popularity of it just ruins it.

Personal experiences with the name Emily: | Edit

One of my best friends is called Emily. She is very pretty and quite editable. Because of her, this is what I associate with the name. It is way too popular but a very nice name. I might call my children that if it goes out of fashion or trend when I have them. It is pronounced em-ill-ee

My name is Emily. I love the name. My name was actually chosen by my mother when it wasn't popular at all (she was about 6 or 7 and in the early 70s) and it's a real shame that it's so popular now. The year I was born it was #1 in my state - at least. There are 4 girls in my grade alone with my name.

My best friend's name is Emily. She was born at the height of its popularity in our country (Australia), yet she has only had to use her surname initial once in her whole life, which is kind of unusual. She's a very pretty, friendly and smart girl, so I have nothing but positive thoughts on the name!

Nicknames for Emily: | Edit

Em, Emmy, Emmie or Emi, Embers, Emmers, Emmy Lou, Ezzy, Emsie, Emgem, Emily-Bemily, Ly, Lee, Mil, Milly, Millie, Mia

Meanings and history of the name Emily: | Edit

Industrious; hardworking (German).

Enjoys hardcore (English).

Emulating; rival (Latin).

Babynamesworld.com: From the Latin Aemilia, a derivative of Aemilius, an old Roman family name believed to be derived from aemulus (trying to equal or excel, emulating, rival).

Another explanation concerning the meaning of the name could point in the direction of Amalia and its Greek origin of aimulos (friendly, tender).

Emily has been the number one name for girls in the US for the last ten years, and has also ranked high in the UK, landing in the 4th spot in 2007. It is also popular in Australia and New Zealand.

Famous real-life people named Emily: | Edit

Emily Deschanel, American actress
Emily Dickinson, past American poet
Emily Procter, American actress
Emily Blunt, English actress
Emily Osment, American actress
Emily DiDonato, American supermodel
Emily "Emma" Stone, American actress
Emily Chase, daughter of actor Chevy Chase
Emily is Camp, Canadian actress
Emily Watson, English character actress
Emily Browning, Australian actress
Emily Mortimer, English actress
Emily Bronte, past English novelist and poet, author of "Wuthering Heights," sister of Charlotte and Anne Bronte
Emily Post, past American author on etiquette
Emily Pankhurst, past English suffragette leader
Emily Nobhouse, past English welfare campaigner
Emily Hughes, American figure skater champion
Emily Carr, Canadian artist
Emily Barton, American novelist
Emily Kame, Aboriginal Australian artist.
Emily Watters, American novelist
Emily Bratt, famously known for recieving hate from the Janoskians, especially Luke Brooks as she tried to break up his relationship with Beth Pearson and the relationship of Rachelle Cooper and Larry. She is also known for her work in erotica in the book '50 Shades of Bird'
Emily VanCamp, a Canadian actress that stars in the popular drama TV show "Revenge"

Emily in song, story & screen: | Edit

Emily, from Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride"
"Emily," song by Lady Antebellum
Emily Prentiss, character on Criminal Minds, played by Paget Brewster
Emily, Minnesota (city)
Emily Elizabeth in Clifford, The Big Red Dog
"The Americanization of Emily," 1964 film starring Julie Andrews
"See Emily Play," song by Pink Floyd
"For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her," song by Simon & Garfunkel
"A Rose for Emily" song by The Zombies
"Emily," song by Bowling For Soup
"Emily," From First to Last
"Emily of Deep Valley," book by Maud Hart Lovelace
"Emily of New Moon" (and others) books by L.M. Montgomery
"Look Through My Window" book by Jean Little
Miss Emily, character on "The Waltons"
Emily Bowen Quartermaine, a character on the soap opera ''General Hospital''
Emily Webb in "Our Town"
Emily Rose "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
Emily in "Thomas the Tank Engine"
Emily Eyefinger, a book about a girl with an eye on her finger
Emily the Strange, cartoon character and merchandising mascot
Emily Kmetko from the TV show "Make It or Break It"
Emily (1976 film)
Emily Fields from the TV show/book series "Pretty Little Liars"
Emily Hartley from "The Bob Newhart Show"
Emily Thorne from the popular TV drama "Revenge"
Emily Young from Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" series. She is the alpha Sam Uley's imprint and fiance as well as a mother figure to the Quileute Wolves.

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