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Gender: F Meaning of Emilia: "rival" Origin of Emilia: Feminine variation of Emil, Latin Emilia's Popularity in 2015: #145

Emilia, the lovely feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative, now at Number 133. Its one problem is that it sounds like and is often seen as interchangeable with Amelia, which has a different root and meaning.

Emilia also has Shakespearean appeal as the wife of Iago and confidante of Desdemona in Othello. In modern pop culture, Emilia is the name of the main character in The Princess Diaries and the first name of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Emilia is currently enjoying high popularity across some diverse cultures -- it's near the top of the charts in Iceland, Finland, Austria, Poland and Chile.

Famous People Named Emilia

Emilia Clarke, English actress
Emilia Fox, English actress
Emilia Lanier, Elizabethan poet
Emilia Plater, Polish-Lithuanian revolutionary
Emilia Rydberg, Swedish singer
Emilia Tommasina Saccone Joly, daughter of YouTubers Anna and Jonathan Saccone Joly
Emilia Pikkarainen, Finnish Olympic swimmer
Emilia Anna Kaczorowska-Wojtyła, mother of the pope John Paul II
Emilia Krakowska, Polish film and theatre actress
Emilia Szczaniecka, Polish social activist, participant of the november uprising

Pop Culture References for the name Emilia

Emilia, wife to Iago in Shakespeare's play "Othello"
Emilia Greenleaf, main character in "The Other Woman"
Emilia Mendoza, character in "The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer
Emilia, Mrs Orange's baby, with eight teeth, in Dickens's short story "A Holiday Romance" (1868)
Emilia, main character in "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys
Emilia, character in the Polish novel "Nad Niemnem" written by Eliza Orzeszkowa
Emilka (Emilia), character in the Polish novel "Noce I Dnie" (Nights And Days" written by Maria Dąbrowska
Emilia, character in the novel "Sztukmistrz Z Lublina" (The Magician From Lublin) written by a Jewish author Isaac Bashevis Singer