Emily Name Meaning & Origin


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

I like the name itself, but I know some rude Emilys (4 to be exact) so that just completely puts me off the name.

It sounds like bells ringing

Emily and Miley are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

My name is Emily and I have always loved my name. The only problem is how many other Emily’s there are.

My name is Emily. I have never tired of it. Growing up I never met another Emily until I was 17. The only nick name I will answer to, is Em. Hate all others. It really is too bad it became so popular in the 90's; it has been over used. I like good, uncommon, names.

Well, I would rather have a popular name than a weird name that everybody laughs at.

I have an awful name and I am probably the only one in the world with this name! I got ridiculed so much at school that I insisted everybody call me (a nickname). If I have a daughter I will name her the most popular name of her generation, so she won't be teased and tormented.

My name is Emily, but it's a pretty common name and I'm always referred to as "the other Emily" which is pretty annoying

In one of the V. C. Andrews series (the Dawn series) there was an evil character named Emily Booth, who locked unwed pregnant girls in the attic and made them have their babies without any help from a doctor. Emily Booth was the older sister of Lillian (Booth) Cutler, who started out as a nice person but became the evil grandmother.

I have a close friend called Emily. She also hates how common her name is and dislikes the nickname "Emmy". We all call her Em and she's one of the kindest people I know. She's the first person I turn to confide in and I have complete trust in her. She is also loved by most of the people that know her.

Personal experiences with the name Emily

She was a friend

My name is Emily and I've had two best friends named Emily!

Nicknames for Emily

Emmie or Emi
Emmy Lou
Emmy Em
Em n' Em
(but not Amy)
(most definitely Amy)

Meanings and history of the name Emily
Famous real-life people named Emily

Emily Deschanel, American actress
Emily Dickinson, past American poet
Emily Procter, American actress
Emily Blunt, English actress
Emily Pfalzer, professional hockey player (Buffalo Beauts)
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 VanCamp, a Canadian actress that stars in the popular drama TV show "Revenge"
Emily Kinney, mostly known for her role as Beth Green in The Walking Dead, also a singer.
Emily Smyth, commonly known for the phrase 'At least you're not Emily Smyth' and 'Bad luck again Emily' (b. 2000)
Emily Grace Stanley (b. 2011), daughter of American musician, singer, songwriter, and painter Paul Stanley
Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress known for playing Felicity Smoak on CW's Arrowverse

Emily in song, story & screen

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" famous short story by William Faulkner
"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.
Emily Andrade, who plays Edna Mode, Head of the Gadgets, Gear, and Suits Department for the MLA in the movie "Where is Like Lemons"
"Emily" song by Mika
Emo Emily from Sweet Baby Girl Beauty Salon 3
Emily Davis is a main character in the video game "Until Dawn"

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