The name Emily comes from the Latin family name Aemilia. Several meanings of the name have been suggested, most commonly 'rival' from the Latin 'aemulus'.
Emily became popular in the UK during the 18th century, when the German Hanover family came to the throne. George II and George III both had daughters named Amelia who were commonly referred to as Emily because Amelia was an unknown name in England at the time (even though the two names are not related).
Since the 1800s, the name has remained a favourite for baby girls in the UK.
Famous people called Emily:
Emily Brontë, English author of Wuthering Heights
Emily Blunt, British actress
Emma Stone, American actress
Emily Davison, English suffragette
Emily Dickinson, American poet
Can be shortened to:
Em, Emma, Emmy, Millie
Surnames to avoid with Emily:
Surnames beginning with an 'Li' or 'Ly' sound, ie. Linford or Lyman, might cause problems as when said aloud this combination of sounds may result in elision – when two words slurred together end up sounding like one.
Foreign variants include Émilie (French), Emilia (Italian/Spanish), Emel (Turkish) and Aimiliona (Irish).
Similar English names include Amelia, Emilia, Emma, Lily and Amy.
Masculine variations of Emily include Emil, Emile, Emmet and Emery.
Celebrities who named their baby Emily: