The Meaning of Emily
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Emily draws its origin in one of the greatest patrician houses of ancient Rome. Emily is the feminine form of the name derived from the surname Aemilius, which in Latin means “rival” or “emulating.” Other possible translations for Aemilius are “charming,” “flatterer” or “eager.” The name rose to prominence thanks to the British princess Amelia Sophia, known in England as “Emily.”
Emily has been one of the most popular girl’s names for centuries and is enjoying a resurgence in the United States. From 1996-2007, Emily was the most popular girl’s name in America. As of 2011, it was the sixth-most-popular name in the United States. It is the second-most-popular girl’s name in Ireland, the third in England, and the fifth in Canada.
Famous people with the name Emily include 19th-century writer Emily Bronte, American poet Emily Dickinson, etiquette maven Emily Post, actress Emily Osment, and Catholic saint Emily de Vialar.
Emily is very popular throughout the world. Variations of the name include Emiri (Japanese), Amalia (Dutch, Italian, Spanish), Amilie (German), Emalia (Hawaiian), and Amelie (Swedish). Other spellings in English are Emmalee, Emylee, and Emalee.