Emily Name Meaning

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Fact: In the United States, Emily was one of the most popular girls’ names from 1996 to 2007, according to Social Security Administration data.

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A Deep Dive

Emily Overview

Meaning

Industrious, striving, rival

Gender

Girl

Origin

Latin

Etymology

Derived from the Roman family name “Aemilius,” which was possibly derived from “aemulus” (rival).

Pronunciation

/ˈɛmɪli/

Popularity

Highly popular across English-speaking countries and maintains a strong presence in Europe and Latin America.

Ranked 17th most popular name in 2022.

Syllable

3 syllables

Length

5 letters

Numerology

1 (Pioneering, Independent, Leading)

Name Styles

Popular, Classic, Cute, Traditional

Associated Traits

Intelligent, diligent, charming
A Deep Dive

Emily Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Emilia, Amelia, Émilie, Aemilia, Emelie, Emeline, Emiliana, Emiliya, Emmeline, Ema

Common Nicknames

Lee, Lili, Emzy, Ellie, Elle

Diminutives

Emmy, Em, Milly, Emmie, Mimi, Emma, Milla, Melly, Elly

Famous People

  • Emily Dickinson
    (American Poet)
  • Emily Carr
    (Canadian Artist and Writer)
  • Emily Blunt
    (British-American Actress)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • "Emily in Paris"
    (TV Series)
  • "Emily Owens, M.D."
    (TV Show)
  • Emily Fields
    ("Pretty Little Liars", TV Series)
  • Emily Prentiss
    ("Criminal Minds", TV Series)
  • Emily Gilmore
    ("Gilmore Girls", TV Series)

Places

  • Emily City
    (Minnesota, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Emily?

Emily is a name that is both classic and immensely popular, derived from the Latin name “Aemilia.”

The meaning of Emily is “rival” or “striving,” stemming from the Latin root “aemulus,” which translates to “emulating” or “rivaling.” This suggests a sense of competition or ambition, characteristics valued in Roman culture.

What Is the Origin of The Name Emily?

The name Emily has a rich historical background rooted in ancient Rome. It originates from the Roman family name “Aemilius,” which belonged to one of the prominent patrician families in Roman society.

Over the centuries, as Roman influence spread across Europe, the name Aemilius evolved into various forms in different languages. In English, it transformed into Emily, first becoming popular in England during the Middle Ages.

Emily Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Emily in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#212021#172022#182023
Top 3 Rankings#11996#11997#11998

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Emily

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202318
(-1 from 2022)
6154
(-336 from 2022)
0.35182
202217
(+4 from 2021)
6490
(-98 from 2021)
0.36195
202121
(-3 from 2020)
6588
(-325 from 2020)
0.36772
202018
(-6 from 2019)
6913
(-1339 from 2019)
0.39108
201912
No change from 2018
8252
(-460 from 2018)
0.44973
201812
No change from 2017
8712
(-1100 from 2017)
0.46847
201712
(-3 from 2016)
9812
(-1189 from 2016)
0.51938
20169
(-1 from 2015)
11001
(-803 from 2015)
0.56827
20158
(-1 from 2014)
11804
(-858 from 2014)
0.60506
20147
No change from 2013
12662
(-478 from 2013)
0.64723
20137
(-1 from 2012)
13140
(-522 from 2012)
0.68165
20126
No change from 2011
13662
(-613 from 2011)
0.70442
20116
No change from 2010
14275
(-4 from 2010)
0.73670
20106
No change from 2009
14279
(-1083 from 2009)
0.72827
20096
(-3 from 2008)
15362
(-2082 from 2008)
0.75859
20083
(-2 from 2007)
17444
(-1919 from 2007)
0.83750
20071
No change from 2006
19363
(-2048 from 2006)
0.91486
20061
No change from 2005
21411
(-2538 from 2005)
1.02419
20051
No change from 2004
23949
(-1091 from 2004)
1.18000
20041
No change from 2003
25040
(-652 from 2003)
1.24095
20031
No change from 2002
25692
(+1223 from 2002)
1.28047
20021
No change from 2001
24469
(-590 from 2001)
1.23893
20011
No change from 2000
25059
(-900 from 2000)
1.26501
20001
No change from 1999
25959
(-582 from 1999)
1.30072
19991
No change from 1998
26541
(+355 from 1998)
1.36331
19981
No change from 1997
26186
(+451 from 1997)
1.35084
19971
No change from 1996
25735
(+583 from 1996)
1.34792
19961
(+2 from 1995)
25152
(+771 from 1995)
1.31189
19953
No change from 1994
24381
(+227 from 1994)
1.26881
19943
(+2 from 1993)
24154
(+559 from 1993)
1.23906
19935
(+2 from 1992)
23595
(+1761 from 1992)
1.19678
19927
(+3 from 1991)
21834
(+1523 from 1991)
1.08915
199110
(+2 from 1990)
20311
(+946 from 1990)
0.99886
199012
(+1 from 1989)
19365
(+2042 from 1989)
0.94261
198913
(+5 from 1988)
17323
(+1453 from 1988)
0.86955
198818
(+1 from 1987)
15870
(+1159 from 1987)
0.82522
198719
(+5 from 1986)
14711
(+1476 from 1986)
0.78491
198624
No change from 1985
13235
(+96 from 1985)
0.71715
198524
No change from 1984
13139
(+353 from 1984)
0.71163
198424
(+1 from 1983)
12786
(+409 from 1983)
0.70903
198325
(-1 from 1982)
12377
(-144 from 1982)
0.69158
198224
(+5 from 1981)
12521
(+1722 from 1981)
0.69013
198129
(+2 from 1980)
10799
(+1797 from 1980)
0.60380
198031
(+3 from 1979)
9002
(+1031 from 1979)
0.50555
197934
(-1 from 1978)
7971
(+497 from 1978)
0.46255
197833
(+4 from 1977)
7474
(+595 from 1977)
0.45465
197737
(+13 from 1976)
6879
(+1331 from 1976)
0.41818
197650
(-2 from 1975)
5548
(+65 from 1975)
0.35295
197548
(+21 from 1974)
5483
(+1153 from 1974)
0.35128
197469
(+30 from 1973)
4330
(+1302 from 1973)
0.27646
197399
(+32 from 1972)
3028
(+694 from 1972)
0.19484
1972131
(+35 from 1971)
2334
(+468 from 1971)
0.14474
1971166
(+7 from 1970)
1866
(-65 from 1970)
0.10647
1970173
(+25 from 1969)
1931
(+355 from 1969)
0.10541
1969198
(+27 from 1968)
1576
(+250 from 1968)
0.08941
1968225
(+14 from 1967)
1326
(+121 from 1967)
0.07756
1967239
(-2 from 1966)
1205
(-44 from 1966)
0.07019
1966237
(+1 from 1965)
1249
(-39 from 1965)
0.07114
1965238
(+30 from 1964)
1288
(+157 from 1964)
0.07048
1964268
(+1 from 1963)
1131
(+23 from 1963)
0.05778
1963269
(+4 from 1962)
1108
(+29 from 1962)
0.05573
1962273
(-8 from 1961)
1079
(-68 from 1961)
0.05323
1961265
(-14 from 1960)
1147
(-78 from 1960)
0.05522
1960251
(-1 from 1959)
1225
(+10 from 1959)
0.05890
1959250
(+4 from 1958)
1215
(+44 from 1958)
0.05845
1958254
(-8 from 1957)
1171
(-36 from 1957)
0.05669
1957246
(-16 from 1956)
1207
(-76 from 1956)
0.05753
1956230
(-7 from 1955)
1283
(-19 from 1955)
0.06230
1955223
(-5 from 1954)
1302
(-40 from 1954)
0.06494
1954218
(+2 from 1953)
1342
(+17 from 1953)
0.06741
1953220
(-13 from 1952)
1325
(-67 from 1952)
0.06867
1952207
(+5 from 1951)
1392
(+105 from 1951)
0.07319
1951212
(-9 from 1950)
1287
(-29 from 1950)
0.06967
1950203
(-7 from 1949)
1316
(-76 from 1949)
0.07484
1949196
(-2 from 1948)
1392
(+1 from 1948)
0.07929
1948194
(-7 from 1947)
1391
(-79 from 1947)
0.07982
1947187
(-1 from 1946)
1470
(+91 from 1946)
0.08086
1946186
(-5 from 1945)
1379
(+245 from 1945)
0.08550
1945181
(-11 from 1944)
1134
(-117 from 1944)
0.08424
1944170
(+5 from 1943)
1251
(-85 from 1943)
0.09155
1943175
(-11 from 1942)
1336
(-83 from 1942)
0.09307
1942164
(-2 from 1941)
1419
(+51 from 1941)
0.10205
1941162
(+2 from 1940)
1368
(+99 from 1940)
0.10979
1940164
(-1 from 1939)
1269
(-23 from 1939)
0.10742
1939163
(+1 from 1938)
1292
(-16 from 1938)
0.11393
1938164
(-3 from 1937)
1308
(+15 from 1937)
0.11459
1937161
(+10 from 1936)
1293
(+170 from 1936)
0.11735
1936171
(+2 from 1935)
1123
(+29 from 1935)
0.10422
1935173
(+2 from 1934)
1094
(+27 from 1934)
0.10067
1934175
(-4 from 1933)
1067
(+5 from 1933)
0.09858
1933171
(-3 from 1932)
1062
(-85 from 1932)
0.10153
1932168
(-9 from 1931)
1147
(-39 from 1931)
0.10368
1931159
(-5 from 1930)
1186
(-158 from 1930)
0.10745
1930154
(-3 from 1929)
1344
(-100 from 1929)
0.11522
1929151
(-1 from 1928)
1444
(-115 from 1928)
0.12475
1928150
(-4 from 1927)
1559
(-97 from 1927)
0.13040
1927146
(-4 from 1926)
1656
(-73 from 1926)
0.13393
1926142
(+3 from 1925)
1729
(-38 from 1925)
0.14055
1925145
(-9 from 1924)
1767
(-277 from 1924)
0.13990
1924136
(-8 from 1923)
2044
(-13 from 1923)
0.15776
1923128
(-7 from 1922)
2057
(-89 from 1922)
0.16424
1922121
No change from 1921
2146
(-38 from 1921)
0.17201
1921121
(-2 from 1920)
2184
(+16 from 1920)
0.17066
1920119
(-14 from 1919)
2168
(-139 from 1919)
0.17427
1919105
No change from 1918
2307
(-54 from 1918)
0.19640
1918105
(-2 from 1917)
2361
(+141 from 1917)
0.19636
1917103
(-3 from 1916)
2220
(+7 from 1916)
0.19756
1916100
(-1 from 1915)
2213
(+122 from 1915)
0.20383
191599
(-1 from 1914)
2091
(+441 from 1914)
0.20423
191498
(+1 from 1913)
1650
(+264 from 1913)
0.20712
191399
(+6 from 1912)
1386
(+239 from 1912)
0.21163
1912105
(-2 from 1911)
1147
(+238 from 1911)
0.19550
1911103
(+7 from 1910)
909
(+124 from 1910)
0.20574
1910110
(-7 from 1909)
785
(+36 from 1909)
0.18712
1909103
No change from 1908
749
(+17 from 1908)
0.20348
1908103
(-3 from 1907)
732
(+18 from 1907)
0.20647
1907100
(+3 from 1906)
714
(+95 from 1906)
0.21160
1906103
(-3 from 1905)
619
(-64 from 1905)
0.19749
1905100
(+3 from 1904)
683
(+84 from 1904)
0.22042
1904103
(-2 from 1903)
599
(+41 from 1903)
0.20483
1903101
(-4 from 1902)
558
(-48 from 1902)
0.20058
190297
(+2 from 1901)
606
(+69 from 1901)
0.21617
190199
(+6 from 1900)
537
(-89 from 1900)
0.21123
1900105
(-9 from 1899)
626
(+57 from 1899)
0.19702
189996
(-2 from 1898)
569
(-59 from 1898)
0.22991
189894
(-6 from 1897)
628
(+9 from 1897)
0.22908
189788
(+8 from 1896)
619
(+92 from 1896)
0.24932
189696
(-7 from 1895)
527
(-78 from 1895)
0.20913
189589
(+4 from 1894)
605
(+54 from 1894)
0.24483
189493
(+2 from 1893)
551
(+45 from 1893)
0.23350
189395
(-1 from 1892)
506
(-12 from 1892)
0.22466
189294
(+1 from 1891)
518
(+74 from 1891)
0.23031
189195
(-9 from 1890)
444
(-65 from 1890)
0.22588
189086
(+7 from 1889)
509
(+80 from 1889)
0.25240
188993
(-3 from 1888)
429
(-28 from 1888)
0.22672
188890
(+8 from 1887)
457
(+122 from 1887)
0.24123
188798
(-5 from 1886)
335
(-34 from 1886)
0.21554
188693
(-6 from 1885)
369
(+23 from 1885)
0.24002
188587
(-6 from 1884)
346
(-18 from 1884)
0.24375
188481
No change from 1883
364
(+22 from 1883)
0.26456
188381
(+14 from 1882)
342
(+70 from 1882)
0.28486
188295
(-5 from 1881)
272
(+28 from 1881)
0.23510
188190
(+10 from 1880)
244
(+34 from 1880)
0.24683
1880100
First SSA data recorded
210
First SSA data recorded
0.21515

American States Popularity Rankings for Emily

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#132021#112022#112023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#142021#142022#132023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#202021#162022#192023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#362021#312022#312023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#162021#202022#162023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#542021#602022#672023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#152021#172022#172023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#522021#762022#722023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#142021#132022#172023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#432021#162022#192023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#242021#302022#312023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#282021#292022#322023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#212021#162022#232023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#542021#352022#442023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#362021#412022#382023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#742021#622022#1022023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#432021#612022#532023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#602021#582022#672023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#162021#272022#222023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#232021#202022#162023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#652021#522022#442023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#342021#262022#472023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#292021#472022#312023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#182021#202022#222023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#242021#222022#202023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#202021#352022#232023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#232021#372022#352023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#682021#662022#572023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#312021#252022#382023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#282021#512022#302023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#352021#492022#782023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#682021#302022#442023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#352021#482022#782023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#892021#912022#1492023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#412021#502022#372023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#672021#942022#1672023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#572021#842022#1342023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#362021#802022#582023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#132021#262022#182023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#152021#262022#222023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#442021#192022#532023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#302021#702022#842023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#332021#362022#382023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#322021#292022#222023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#572021#1262022#612023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#692021#1492022#1322023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#312020#912021#402022

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#212021#702022#852023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#222021#482022#402023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#412021#862022#682023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#202020#252021#472022

Popularity Rankings for Emily in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#32021#12022#32023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#22021#52022#42023

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#22021#22022#42023

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#62018#222019#172020

Popularity in Estonia

Estonia flagEstonia#72016-2020#72021-2023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#112019#152020#192021

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#1002014#1032015#132023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#192021#232022#152023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#152021#222022#302023

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#152021#202022#192023

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#212019#202020#162021

Popularity in Uruguay

Uruguay flagUruguay#252021#272022#162023

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#312020#222021

Popularity in Denmark

Denmark flagDenmark#382021#272022#37First half of 2023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#322020#362021#322022

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#352021#332022#492023

Popularity in Italy

Italy flagItaly#342020#392021#382022

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#342020#342021#382022

Popularity in Slovakia

Slovakia flagSlovakia#452019#482022#492023

Popularity in Croatia

Croatia flagCroatia#502020

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#642021#522022#622023

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#532021#782022#702023

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#1001998#2402022#2302023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#1342020#1082021#1192022

Popularity in Belgium

Belgium flagBelgium#1332020#1282021#1292022

Popularity in Portugal

Portugal flagPortugal#1662018

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#2182021#1732022#1792023

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1931980

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#3262021#2972022#2352023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Emily a Name for Boys or Girls?

The name Emily is predominantly used as a girl’s name in English-speaking countries. It has a feminine sound and has been widely adopted for girls due to its graceful and classic nature.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Emily

Emily in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Emily Dickinson (Poet, 1830–1886): A famous American poet who wrote many poems but kept to herself. Her work is celebrated around the world today.
  • Emily Brontë (Novelist and Poet, 1818–1848): An English writer who is best known for writing "Wuthering Heights," a major classic.
  • Emily Blunt (Actress, born 1983): A well-known actress from Britain and America who plays a variety of roles in both serious dramas and big movies.
  • Emily Carr (Artist and Writer, 1871–1945): A Canadian artist who made beautiful paintings and writings about the native cultures of Canada's Pacific coast.
  • Emily Ratajkowski (Model and Actress, born 1991): A famous model and actress who also speaks out on issues like women's rights and body image.
  • Emily Deschanel (Actress, born 1976): Known for her role as a smart forensic anthropologist in the TV show "Bones."
  • Emily Watson (Actress, born 1967): An English actress known for playing strong roles in serious movies.
  • Emily Osment (Actress and Singer, born 1992): Known for her acting in the kids' TV show "Hannah Montana" and for her music career.
  • Emily Procter (Actress, born 1968): Known for playing a detective in the TV show "CSI: Miami."
  • Emily VanCamp (Actress, born 1986): A Canadian actress famous for her roles in TV dramas like "Everwood" and "Revenge."