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Gender: F Meaning of Amelia: "work" Origin of Amelia: German Amelia's Popularity in 2013: #17

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Amelia, a lovely Victorian name, with a heroic connection to aviatrix Amelia Earhart, is one of the fastest-rising girls' names as an alternative to the overused Emily and Amanda, jumping 169 places in ten years. Amelia emerged as the top British name in 2011 and retained the Number 1 spot in 2012, is in the Top 10 in Australia and Poland, and has now risen to Number 17 in the U.S. 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 its Shakespearean cred as a character in A Comedy of Errors--spelled Aemilia, as well as as the eponymous heroine of the Henry Fielding novel, and also appearing 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. An American hero is feminist Amelia Bloomer.

Trivia tidbit: Amelia is the birth name of Minnie Driver.

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Famous People Named Amelia

Amelia Earhart - American aviator
Amelia Bloomer - American feminist, popularized "bloomers"
Amelia Heinle Luckinbill - American actress
Amelia Kinkade, actress
Amelia Zirin-Brown, real name of Lady Rizo, comedienne
Amelia Vega - Miss Universe 2003
Amelia Okoli - Nigerian high jumper
Amelia Curran, singer
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes - American author
Amelia Hundley - American gymnast
Amelia Fletcher, singer
Amelia Rose Blaire, American actress
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, author
Amelia Jones, author
Amelia Warner, actress
Hope Amelia Solo - American soccer player
Amelia Gray Hamlin (b. 2001) - Daughter of Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna
Amelia Wilson- American swimmer
Amelia Lily - singer
Amelia Fiona "Minnie" Driver - British actress
Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor, daughter of Earl of St Andrews.
Halo Amelia, daughter of Australian footballer Karmichael Hunt

Pop Culture References for the Name Amelia

"Our Only May Amelia", American children's book
Amelia Bedelia, American children's books by Peggy Parish
Amelia Wil Tesla Saillune, from the anime "Slayers"
Amelia Shepherd, in the medical TV drama "Private Practice" & "Grey's Anatomy"
Amelia "Amy" Williams nee Pond, BBC's "Doctor Who" (Amelia Jessica Pond)
Title character in Henry Fielding's novel "Amelia"
Ameliah, protagonist of the book "Tape"
Amelia, Fire Emblem character
Amelia Peabody, main character in books by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Richardson, recurring love interest on CW's "Supernatural"
Amelia, film based on Amelia Earhart, starring Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart
Amelia Joffe, character on "General Hospital"
Amelia Bones character from the Harry Potter series
Susan Amelia Bones, niece of Amelia Bones in the Harry Potter series
Disney Character Amelia Gabble in "Aristocats"
Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis, The Princess Diaries, portrayed by Anne Hathaway
"Amelia", song by Tonight Alive
"Amelia", song by Joni Mitchell
Amelia, character in "In a Heartbeat" book
Amelia, character in Animal Crossing
Amelia Island, Florida island
Amelia, Ohio village
Amelia, character on Underworld
Amelia Cackle, character from TV series "The Worst Witch"
Amelia Jane, character from Enid Blyton books "Naughty Amelia Jane"
Amelia the Singing Fairy, "Rainbow
Magic" book series

Aemilia, Aimilia, Amaleeda, Amali, Amalida, Amaliya, Ameila, Ameilia, Amelida, Amelina, Ameline, Amelisa, Amelita, Amella, Ami, Amie, Amilie, Amilina, Amilisa, Amilita, Amilyn, Amylia, Emelie, Emelina, Emeline, Emelita, Emily, Emilya, Melia

Amelia's International Variations

Milica, Amalia (Czech) Emilie, Amelie, Amalie (French) Emilia, Malika, Malcsi, Ilma, Mali (Hungarian) Melcia, Ama, Amelcia (Polish) Amilia (Scottish)