Origin : Feminine variation of Emil, Latin


The name Emily is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "rival". Emily may have dropped somewhat in the current standings, but it was the most popular girls' name for over a decade because it appeals on many levels: Emily is feminine, classic, simple, pretty, and strong. It also has those nice literary namesakes, like Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë. Parents who a decade ago might have chosen Emily have moved on to Emma—which currently holds the Number One crown—and now are looking at such alternatives as Amelia and Emmeline. But those girls' names, like Emma, may soon feel overused too. Modern Emilys in the spotlight include a number of the hottest young actresses—Emily Blunt, Emily Mortimer, Emily Deschanel—and even Emma Stone was christened Emily. And Emily is still one of the most widely-used a href="https://nameberry.com/search/girls_names/E">girl names starting with E, on its way to overtake A as the most fashionable first initial.

Popularity of name Emily over time

There are 852018 people in the U.S. with the first name Emily, this name was mostly popular in 1999 with popularity 26539 .

Emily is used for both genders.

0.21 percent of people with the first name Emily are man

99.79 percent of people with the first name Emily are woman

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Most Famous People Named Emily

character in novel and 1964 film "The Americanization of Emily"
American actress
American author and etiquette guru
American actress
main character in novelette "The Post-it Note Affair" by author Justine Avery
Canadian painter
character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
character in the Clifford the Big Red Dog series
English actress
main character of the Lady Emily mysteries by Tasha Alexander
English actress
title character in Beverly Cleary's "Emily's Runaway Imagination"
English actress
children's book series by Duncan Ball and Craig Smith
character in animated series "Tiny Toon Adventures"
character on British soap "Coronation Street"
English novelist
character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
character in novel "The One Apart" by author Justine Avery
American actress and singer
American economist
main character in L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon series
American poet
Canadian author

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Names Created Using the Letters in Emily