Feminine variation of Emil, Latin

Emilia Origin and Meaning

The name Emilia is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian, Hungarian origin meaning "rival".

Emilia is the feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, which derived from the Latin aemulus, meaning "rival." In Shakespeare’s Othello, Emilia is the wife of Iago and confidante of Desdemona. Amelia, although homonymous, has a different root and meaning.

Emilia is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative. In modern pop culture, Emilia is the name of the main character in The Princess Diaries and the first name of Game of Thrones and Solo star Emilia Clarke.

Emilia is currently enjoying high popularity across some diverse cultures—it's near the top of the charts in Germany, Finland, Austria, Poland and Chile, and is favored in both English- and Spanish-speaking countries.

# 42 in the US

Emilia Rank in US Top 1000

# 87 on Nameberry

Emilia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Emilia Popularity

Famous People Named Emilia

  • Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose ClarkeEnglish actress
  • Emilia Rose Elizabeth FoxEnglish actress
  • Emilia Lanier (born Aemilia Bassano)English poet
  • Emilia PlaterPolish,Lithuanian revolutionary
  • Emilia RydbergSwedish singer
  • Emilia PikkarainenFinnish Olympic swimmer
  • Emilia Anna KaczorowskaWojtyła, mother of Pope John Paul II
  • Emilia KrakowskaPolish actress
  • Emilia SzczanieckaPolish social activist
  • Emilia Merkellmodel and daughter of actress Patsy Palmer
  • Emilia Jones (b. 2002)English actress; daughter of singer Aled Jones
  • Emilia Lovely Gorecki (b. 2011)daughter of singer Dev and Johnny Gorecki
  • Emilia Van Der Beek (b. 2016)daughter of American actor James Van Der Beek
  • Emilia Tommasina SacconeJoly, daughter of YouTube vloggers the SacconeJolys
  • Emilia Giovanna Tucci (b. 2018)daughter of actor Stanley Tucci

Emilia in Pop Culture

  • Emiliawife to Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello"
  • Emiliacharacter in Boccaccio's "The Decameron"
  • Emilia Greenleafmain character in "The Other Woman"
  • Emilia Mendozacharacter in "The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer
  • EmiliaMrs Orange's baby, with eight teeth, in Dickens's short story "A Holiday Romance" (1868)
  • Emiliacharacter in "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys
  • Emiliacharacter in "Nad Niemnem" by Eliza Orzeszkowa
  • Emilka (Emilia)character in "Noce I Dnie" (Nights And Days)" by Maria Dąbrowska
  • Emiliacharacter in "The Magician From Lublin" by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Emiliacharacter in light novel "rezero: starting life in another world"
  • Emilia Ricoletticharacter on TV's Sherlock
  • Emilia the Hero (Emi Yusa)character in anime The Devil is a Part,Timer!
  • Emíliacharacter of "Sitio do Pica,Pau Amarelo" by Monteiro Lobato
  • Emiliacharacter in the Disney Channel show "Soy Luna"

Emilia in Nameberry Blog Posts