Origin : German


The name Amelia is a girl's name of German origin meaning "work". Amelia is derived from the German name Amalia, which in turn is a variation of Amalberga. The root, amal, is a Germanic word meaning “work,” and in the context of female given names suggests themes of fertility as well as productivity. Aemilia, the name from which Emily is derived, is unrelated to Amelia. Amelia is one of the hottest girls' names as an update to the overused Emily and Amanda. Amelia emerged as the top British name in 2011 and retains the Number 1 spot, and in 2017 vaulted into the US Top 10 for the first time. Among the most popular girls' names starting with A, Amelia is also a Top 10 girls' name in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Poland. So while Emilia and Emelia are sound-alike names closer to the mega-popular Emma and Emily, it's the Amelia version that's on the fast track. Kids might associate Amelia with the wacky children's book character Amelia Bedelia, while adults could appreciate it as the eponymous heroine of the Henry Fielding novel. Amelia also appears in novels by Trollope and Thackeray, as a Harry Potter name, and as detective Amelia Peabody in the Elizabeth Peters series. Angelina Jolie played patrol cop Amelia Donaghy in The Bone Collector. Amelia became a British royal name via the daughters of Kings George II and III. American heroes who have inspired a new generation of namesakes are aviatrix Amelia Earhart and feminist Amelia Bloomer. Trivia tidbit: Amelia is the birth name of Minnie Driver.

Popularity of name Amelia over time

There are 192012 people in the U.S. with the first name Amelia, this name was mostly popular in 2018 with popularity 12301 .

Amelia is used for both genders.

0.12 percent of people with the first name Amelia are man

99.88 percent of people with the first name Amelia are woman

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Most Famous People Named Amelia

Princess of Great Britain
" novel by Henry Fielding and main character
main character in "The Princess Diaries" series
American feminist
Princess of the U.K.
character in movie "The Bone Collector"
character in the "Fire Emblem" video game series
main character in books by Elizabeth Peters
character in "Vanity Fair"
American actress
character on TV's "Doctor Who"
" children's book series by Peggy Parish
7th century Belgian saint
English actress
Dominican beauty queen
American actress
American aviator
character in graphic novel series "Amelia Rules!" by Jimmy Gownley
Nigerian Olympic high jumper
character on TV's "Private Practice" & "Grey's Anatomy"
wife of British Nelson-era Admiral Sir Robert Calder
American comedienne
character in 1986 movie "Ginger and Fred"
character in anime "Slayers"

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