Emily Name Meaning

Mighty Emily is steadfast throughout history, bestowed upon literary figures and forward thinkers alike. Emily isn’t one to sit on the sidelines, always readily willing to lend a helping hand or offer a solution. She’s an artist, a saint, and a hard worker at heart, as seen in her meaning “industrious.”

Derived from the Latin aemulari, to emulate, Emily’s popularity has risen steadily over time thanks to her sweet sound and precious nicknames from the classic Em and Emma to the delicate Emmy. Emily has the desirable -lee ending commonly found in popular names like Lily and Paisley as well as the traditional appeal of the more formal Elizabeth and Victoria. Emily also avoids the juvenile feel found in some names ending with -ee.

Emily may be sweet but she’s no pushover. Emily is founded on strength and propels herself forward with her determination. She’s not afraid to move mountains or roll up her sleeves if it means achieving her goal. At the same time, she’s no stranger to enjoying evening tea or meandering the shops with friends. She’s versatile and wearable on a girl at any age.

Variants of Emily include Emma and Emilia. Classic names like Emily are Katherine and Rebecca while soft choices like Lucy or Ruby have a similar charm.

Infographic of Emily name meaning, which is A feminine form of Emil, Emily means to excel or to rival successfully.
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Emily Name Popularity

How popular is the name Emily? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Emily was the 12th most popular girls name, representing 0.63% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Emily has been the 20th most popular girls name, representing 0.5576% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 110 744 0.2113%
1911 102 875 0.235%
1912 105 1,126 0.2233%
1913 98 1,371 0.2418%
1914 98 1,626 0.2333%
1915 98 2,078 0.2287%
1916 100 2,201 0.2278%
1917 103 2,212 0.2211%
1918 105 2,353 0.2192%
1919 105 2,294 0.2191%
1920 119 2,161 0.1944%
1921 121 2,166 0.1892%
1922 121 2,135 0.1916%
1923 128 2,047 0.1828%
1924 135 2,036 0.1753%
1925 145 1,748 0.1547%
1926 142 1,709 0.1554%
1927 145 1,632 0.1474%
1928 150 1,538 0.1437%
1929 151 1,423 0.1374%
1930 154 1,318 0.1262%
1931 159 1,167 0.1182%
1932 169 1,109 0.1123%
1933 170 1,036 0.1112%
1934 171 1,048 0.1084%
1935 172 1,078 0.1109%
1936 172 1,089 0.1131%
1937 161 1,265 0.1284%
1938 164 1,280 0.125%
1939 163 1,272 0.125%
1940 164 1,254 0.118%
1941 161 1,354 0.1203%
1942 165 1,379 0.1092%
1943 173 1,315 0.1007%
1944 171 1,225 0.0988%
1945 181 1,105 0.0906%
1946 186 1,352 0.0916%
1947 187 1,444 0.0865%
1948 196 1,369 0.0858%
1949 196 1,362 0.0847%
1950 205 1,290 0.0801%
1951 212 1,262 0.0744%
1952 206 1,369 0.0784%
1953 219 1,302 0.0736%
1954 219 1,318 0.0721%
1955 223 1,287 0.07%
1956 230 1,262 0.0668%
1957 245 1,186 0.0616%
1958 254 1,156 0.0612%
1959 250 1,189 0.0626%
1960 253 1,191 0.0629%
1961 265 1,121 0.0594%
1962 275 1,041 0.0567%
1963 270 1,067 0.0594%
1964 267 1,104 0.0627%
1965 237 1,260 0.077%
1966 236 1,223 0.0783%
1967 237 1,180 0.0778%
1968 222 1,313 0.0874%
1969 197 1,557 0.1011%
1970 172 1,914 0.1203%
1971 166 1,856 0.1235%
1972 131 2,320 0.1703%
1973 100 3,013 0.2324%
1974 69 4,323 0.3326%
1975 48 5,481 0.4265%
1976 50 5,547 0.4304%
1977 37 6,879 0.5103%
1978 33 7,479 0.5563%
1979 34 7,973 0.5655%
1980 31 9,007 0.616%
1981 29 10,801 0.7348%
1982 24 12,518 0.8377%
1983 25 12,377 0.8387%
1984 24 12,782 0.8592%
1985 24 13,135 0.8654%
1986 24 13,234 0.8767%
1987 19 14,711 0.964%
1988 18 15,870 1.0184%
1989 13 17,319 1.0733%
1990 12 19,363 1.1682%
1991 10 20,308 1.2459%
1992 7 21,831 1.3677%
1993 5 23,593 1.5133%
1994 3 24,149 1.5736%
1995 3 24,380 1.6177%
1996 1 25,151 1.6798%
1997 1 25,732 1.7398%
1998 1 26,181 1.7492%
1999 1 26,539 1.7722%
2000 1 25,953 1.6989%
2001 1 25,055 1.6629%
2002 1 24,463 1.6324%
2003 1 25,688 1.6885%
2004 1 25,033 1.6424%
2005 1 23,937 1.5656%
2006 1 21,400 1.3667%
2007 1 19,355 1.2267%
2008 3 17,429 1.1277%
2009 6 15,345 1.0267%
2010 6 14,268 0.9901%
2011 6 14,251 1.0003%
2012 6 13,646 0.9576%
2013 7 13,124 0.9218%
2014 7 12,642 0.8677%
2015 8 11,780 0.8096%
2016 9 10,957 0.76%
2017 12 9,746 0.6983%
2018 12 8,656 0.63%

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Names Like Emily

If you like Emily, you’ll love these other names like Emily.


What names are diminutives of Emily?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Emily sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Emily, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Em

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal; emerald

Spanish

Emmey

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emmi

Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

#1,732 (0.0034%)  
Emmie

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal; emerald

Spanish

#566 (0.0339%)  
Emmy

Rival

German

#509 (0.0396%)  
Millie

Gentle strength

English

#297 (0.0768%)  
Milly

Industrious, striving; work; helper to the priest; rival; laborious; eager; bee; honey; gentle strength; brave strength

Latin

#1,830 (0.0029%)  

What names are variants of Emily?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Emily.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aemilia

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Amalea

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Amalia

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#563 (0.0344%)  
Amalie

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#2,804 (0.0007%)  
Amelia

Work

German

#8 (0.8954%)  
Amelie

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#688 (0.0249%)  
Ameline

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Amelita

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Amy

Beloved one

English

#200 (0.1069%)  
Emalee

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#2,653 (0.0009%)  
Emali

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emalia

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emaline

Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#2,722 (0.0008%)  
Emelda

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emelea

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emeli

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#3,158 (0.0004%)  
Emelia

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#447 (0.0464%)  
Emelie

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#1,971 (0.0023%)  
Emelina

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

#3,322 (0.0004%)  
Emeline

Peaceful home

German

#1,747 (0.0033%)  
Emelita

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emely

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#462 (0.0445%)  
Emelyn

Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#1,947 (0.0023%)  
Emelyne

Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

Emera

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emila

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emilea

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emilee

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#714 (0.0225%)  
Emiley

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emili

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emilia

To rival

Latin

#58 (0.292%)  
Emilie

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#946 (0.0143%)  
Emiline

Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emilla

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emille

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emillie

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emilly

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#2,978 (0.0005%)  
Emlyn

Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emma

Whole or universal

German

#1 (1.3602%)  
Emmalee

Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

#1,142 (0.0091%)  
Emmaleigh

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

#1,777 (0.0032%)  
Emmaline

Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

#835 (0.018%)  
Emmalyn

Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

#474 (0.0427%)  
Emmalynn

Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

#795 (0.0195%)  
Emmalynne

Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

Emmelie

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emmeline

Work

German

#729 (0.0221%)  
Emmely

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emmelyne

Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

Emmily

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Emmye

Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal

Latin

Emylee

Rival; laborious; eager

Latin

Milka

Rival; laborious; eager; flattering, hardworking; queen

Slavic


What names sound like Emily?

If you like how Emily sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Emily.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Emerson

English

Emery

Home strength

German


What names are similar to Emily?

Find a name that’s like Emily, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abigail

Father’s rejoice

Hebrew

#11 (0.713%)  
Anna

Gracious

Hebrew

#54 (0.301%)  
Catherine

Pure

Greek

#199 (0.1073%)  
Charlotte

Free man

French

#6 (0.9419%)  
Clara

Bright and clear

Latin

#102 (0.2089%)  
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

#33 (0.409%)  
Jessica

To see

English

#302 (0.075%)  
Lucy

Of the light

English

#51 (0.3169%)  
Sarah

Princess

Hebrew

#67 (0.2709%)  

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Siblings of Emily

Mamas with kids named Emily also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Claire

Clear and bright

French

#49 (0.3187%)  
Sara

Princess

Hebrew

#170 (0.1213%)  
Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

#48 (0.4934%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Brynleigh

Burned meadow

English

Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

#35 (0.6067%)  
Chance

Good fortune

English

#269 (0.0922%)  
Wyatt

Brave in battle

English

#26 (0.6643%)  
Earnest

Serious; battle to the death

German

#2,336 (0.0007%)  
Brayden

Son of Bradan

Irish

#84 (0.319%)  
Jorden

Down-flowing

Hebrew

#1,811 (0.0018%)  
Alexavier

Created Name

American

#1,747 (0.0021%)  

16 Comments

  1. The name Emily just pop up and we just like we will name her that lol

  2. Emily was my husband’s idea way back at the beginning of my pregnancy. It’s my middle name and we both have always loved classic, timeless names that will carry her well through life with any profession. Her middle name is Marie, which is my mother in law’s middle name. My husband liked the idea of combining names from both the main ladies in his life into the newest lady 🙂

  3. When I was a little girl I would always watch the cartoon Clifford the big red dog and I like the name Emily Elizabeth so when I found out that I was pregnant and the baby was a girl I knew what her name was gonna be

  4. I’ve always like the name Emily and the softer sound works well with our last name which has a stronger sound.

  5. It was very difficult to find a name…i tried the yelling it out or saying it outloud and that seemed to have eliminate a whole bunch of options…
    But, with the name Emily..it just felt right. I dont know of any Emilys in my life and all that came to mind was a baby sitting up with a wobbly head but managing or a baby running looking like they are about to eat shit but then dont…and me yelling …”Emily….come here Emily” and thats how i knew that would b her name.

  6. It’s a name I’ve always loved and is very simple and classic.

  7. I loved the olivia pregnacy app and i know ILL love THIS app as well

  8. ???Emily???

  9. We had actually liked her name with my previous pregnancy(Wyatt). When we found out this time it was a girl, I kept coming back to it. Then her daddy tells me it was actually the name his brother wanted for his little girl. He only had boys? So he called his brother , told him our delima and to my shock he was happy to let us name her Emily. Said it would be an honour. ?

  10. The name emily is simple and we love the shortness of it

  11. Well Her Dad Named Her Emily Just Not It For Me But Now Within The Year . She Grew To Look Like A Emily Her Name Fits Her Now I Love Love Love it ?

  12. I love the name and I love her even more

  13. We chose the name Emily because we wanted 3 things; short, simple and not easily made fun of (ie no weird nicknames).

  14. I wanted a short classic name that can’t have a nickname. The name Emily tops charts for most common Doctor and Lawyer names. Name means industrious/striving…hopefully she will grow to be a hard worker.

  15. When my husband and I were dating, we chose two names, one for a boy and one for a girl. We loved the names so much, they eventually became our first two children’s names. The only thing I do not like about the name Emily, is that it is so very popular. I guess that is for a reason, though, because it is so beautiful!

  16. Emily means hardworking and our prayer is that Emily will be a hardworking woman of God someday.
    Her middle name is Anne, which means prayer.

    Together her name means hardworking prayer and it took a LOT of prayers to get her here. We almost lost her at 21 weeks. We also hope that she will understand the full power of prayer.

    She is also named for both of our mom’s moms.


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