Name: Emily

Origin and Meaning of the Name Emily

  • Meaning:
    Rival; emulating
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (EM ih lee); (EH mee lee)
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Miscellaneous Info for Emily

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    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.

    Notable Emilys include poet Emily Dickinson, author Emily BrontŽ, and actresses Emily Watson and Emily Blunt. Emily Davison was a British women's suffrage supporter, who threw herself in front of the King's horse at the 1913 Derby.

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Popularity Rank of Emily (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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Emily - Rankings by Year

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(Source: U.S. SSA)
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