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Gender: F Meaning of Emily: "rival" Origin of Emily: Feminine variation of Emil, Latin Emily's Popularity in 2014: #7

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. It also has those nice literary namesakes, like Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë.

Parents who a decade ago might have chosen Emily have moved on to Emma—which currently holds 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.

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

Famous People Named Emily

Emily Jane Bronte, English novelist
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, American poet
Emily Post, American author
Emily Margaret Watson, English actress
Emily Jordan Osment, American actress
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt, English actress
Emily Greene Balch, American economist, sociologist, and pacifist
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone, American actress
Emily Rebecca Kinney, American actress and singer
Emily Carr, Canadian painter
Emily Lau (Wai-hing), Hong Kong politician
Emily West (born Emily Marie Nemmers), American singer
Emily Erin Deschanel, American actress
Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer, English actress and screenwriter
Emily Irene VanCamp, Canadian actress
Emily Haines, Canadian-American singer-songwriter
Emily Robison (born Emily Burns Erwin), American singer-songwriter
Emily Saliers, American singer-songwriter
Emily Anne Hughes, American figure skater

Pop Culture References for the name Emily

Lady Emily Ashton, main character of the Lady Emily mysteries by Tasha Alexander
Emily Barham, character in novel and 1964 film "The Americanization of Emily"
Emily Bartlett, title character in Beverly Cleary's "Emily's Runaway Imagination"
Emily Bishop, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Emily Byrd Starr, main character in L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon series
Emily Duff, character in animated series "Tiny Toon Adventures"
Emily Elizabeth, character in the Clifford the Big Red Dog series
Emily Eyefinger, children's book series by Duncan Ball and Craig Smith
Emily Fields, character in the Pretty Little Liars series
Emily Fitch, character on TV's "Skins"
Emily Foster, main character in 1976 film "Emily"
Emily Francisco, character on TV's "Alien Nation"
Emily Gilmore, Lorelai Gilmore's mother on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Emily Grierson, main character in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"
Emily Hartwood, character in video game series Alone in the Dark
Emily Kirk, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Emily Lightman, character on TV's "Lie to Me"
Emily Pollifax, main character in mystery novels by Dorothy Gilman
Emily Prentiss, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Emily Shelby, character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin'
Emily the Strange, cartoon and merchandising character
Emily Thorne, main character on TV's "Revenge," played by Emily VanCamp
Emily Windsnap, main character in a series of novels by Liz Kessler
Emily Wyatt, character in the video game Deadly Premonition
Emily Young, character in The Twilight Saga
Emily, character in animated film "The Corpse Bride"
Emily, character in the comic strip Peanuts
Emily, character on TV's "Power Rangers Samurai"
Emily, steam locomotive on animated series "Thomas & Friends"
"Emily," French animated series and its main character