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Gender: F Meaning of Emily: "rival" Origin of Emily: Feminine variation of Emil, Latin Emily's Popularity in 2013: #7

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Emily may have dropped somewhat in the current standings, but it was the most popular name for over a decade because it appeals as a girls' name on many levels: Emily is feminine, classic, simple, pretty, and strong. But, at this point, Emily's waaaaaaay overused, though it does have those nice literary namesakes, like Emily Dickinson and Emily Bronte.

Parents who a decade ago might have chosen Emily have moved on to Emma, which briefly captured the number one crown, and now are looking at such alternatives as Amelia and Emmeline. But those girls' names, like Emma, may soon feel overused too.

Popularity issues aside, Emily is a wonderful name: simple, musical, classic, feminine, easy to understand and to like. If you have a complicated last name or you want a name that's accessible on every level, Emily may be your girl.

Modern Emilys in the spotlight include a number of the hottest young actresses-- Emily Blunt, Emily Mortimer, Emily Deschanel-- and even Emma Watson was christened Emily.

Famous People Named Emily

Emily Bett Rickards, actress
Emily Blunt, English actress
Emily Bronte, English writer
Emily Browning, Australian actress
Emily Carr, artist
Emily Deschanel, American actress
Emily Dickinson, American poet
Emily DiDonato, American model
Emily Claire Dolenz, daughter of "Monkee" Micky Dolenz
Emily Donelson, unofficial First Lady under Andrew Jackson
Emily Elbert, singer
Emily Frances, TV reporter
Emily Giffin, author
Emily Hampshire, actress
Emily Hart, actress
Emily Jenkins (E. Lockhart), author
Emily Jacir, artist
Emily King, singer
Emily Kinney, American actress and singer
Emily Alyn Lind, child actress
Emily Meade, actress
Emily Mortimer, American actress
Rachel Emily Nichols, American actress
Emily Jordan Osment, American actress
Emily Oster, economist
Emily Perkins, Canadian actress
Emily Perkins, author
Emily Post, author
Emily Procter, American actress
Emily Ratajkowski, British-America model and actress
Emily Grace Reaves, American actress
Emily Rose, actress
Emily Beth Stern, daughter of TV/radio personality Howard Stern
Emily "Emma" Stone, American actress
Emily Vallely, daughter of pro skateboarder Mike Vallely
Emily Vancamp, American actress
Emily Watson, English actress
Emily Wells, musician
Emily Jane White, singer
Emily Wickersham, actress
Emily Yoffe, journalist
Emily Young, sculptor
Emily Young, film director

Pop Culture References for the Name Emily

Emily Elizabeth, character on "Clifford the Big Red Dog"
Emily, character in "Toy Story 2"
Emily Lightman, character in "Lie to me"
Emily Prentiss, character on "Criminal Minds"
Emily, character on "Thomas & Friends"
"The Exorcism of Emily Rose," a horror movie
Emily Thorne, character on "Revenge"
Emily, character in "Hocus Pocus" film
Emily, character in "Hide and seek" film
Emily the Strange, clothing line, comic book, and book character
Emily Quartermaine, character on General Hospital
"Emily", song by From First to Last
Emily Hobbs, character on "See Dad Run"
Emily Fields, character in "Pretty Little Liars"
Emily Waltham, character on Friends
Emily Windsnap, book series by Liz Kessler
Emily Litella, Saturday Night Live character
Emily Schuster, character in "Just Listen"
Emily Fitch, a character from the TV series 'Skins'

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Emily's International Variations

Amalia, Emelia, Emilka (Eastern European) Émilie, Amalie (French) Amma, Amilie, Emelie, Emmi (German) Aimilios (Greek) Emele, Emalia (Hawaiian) Aimiliona, Eimile (Irish) Emiliana (Italian) Alalija (Russian) Aimil (Scottish) Emilia, Ema, Emilita (Spanish)