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Gender: Female Pronunciation: ah-MAH-lee-a or ah-mah-LEE-a Meaning of Amalia: "work" Origin of Amalia: German Amalia's Popularity in 2017: #613

The name Amalia is a girl's name of Hebrew, German, Italian origin meaning "work". Amalia is ranked #613 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Amalia is a widely cross-cultural name, heard from Italy to Romania, Germany to Scandinavia. The current heir to the Dutch throne is Princess Catharina-Amalia of Orange. It can be pronounced ah-MAH-lee-a or ah-mah-LEE-a. Like Amelia and Emilia, this name is likely to continue to climb. Frequently in the US Top 1000 in the early twentieth century, it spent nearly eighty years off the list until rejoining in 2011.

Amalia's popularity was spread in eighteenth century Europe due to the fame of Anna Amalia, a Duchess who was a great patron of the arts.

Amalia would make a lovely and more distinctive alternative to Amelia. Another spelling variation is Amalya.

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Famous People Named Amalia

Amalia Maria Frederica of Oldenburg, Queen consort of Otto of Greece
Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria, Princess of Orange, Princess of the Netherlands, Dutch heir apparent
Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa, Princess of Luxembourg
Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, Regent of Orange
Amalia Maria Charlotta, Princess of Sweden
Amalia Fuentes, Filipina actress
Amalia Aguilar, Cuban-Mexican actress and dancer
Amalia of Saxony, Duchess of Bavaria
Amalia Wilhelmina Königsmarck, Swedish noble and painter
Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer
Amalia Teresa Ramona of Llano, Count of Vilches, Viscount of La Cervanta
Amalia Sartori, Italian MEP
Amalia González Caballero de Castillo Ledón, Mexican diplomat
Amalia, Princess of Nassau-Dietz
Amalia Maria da Gloria Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Princess consort of Henry of the Netherlands
Amalia Frederica Wilhelmina von Dyhrn-Czettritz-Neuhaus, German heiress and philanthropist
Amalia of Cleves, Princess of La Marck
Henriëtte Amalia Maria of Anhalt-Dessau, Princess consort of Henry Casimir II of Nassau-Dietz
Maria Amalia Josephe Johanna Katharina Theresia, Archduchess of Austria
Anna Amalia, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, German composer
Maria Amalia Josepha Johanna Antonia, Archduchess of Austria
Maria Amalia of Austria (born Maria Amalie Josefa Anna), Holy Roman Empress consort of Charles VII
Anna Amalia, Princess of Prussia, German abbess
Anna Amalia, Countess of Baden-Durlach
Amalia Ulman (b. 1989), Argentinian-Spanish artist
Amalia Pilgun (b. 2007), daughter of singer Eva Polna and Sergey Pilgun
Amalia Elmaleh (b. 2014), daughter of actress Virginie Ledoyen and Arie Elmaleh
Amalia Millepied (b. 2017), daughter of actress Natalie Portman and husband Benjamin Millepied

Pop Culture References for the name Amalia

Amalia "Lia" Milthorpe, main character in the "Prophecy of the Sisters" trilogy
Amalia Balash, main character in the musical She Loves Me
Amalia Burnett, character in "Sims" series
Amalia, character in video game Final Fantasy 12.
Amalia, a character in video game "Dragon Age: Origins."

Amalia's International Variations

Amalea, Amelie, Amilia (German) Amelja, Amalja (Polish) Amelida, Amelina, Amalita, Amila, Emala (Spanish) Amalie (French) Mali, Malika (Hungarian)


Daiseymae Says:


I went to school with a girl named Amalia, and she went by Mali.

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raefrank Says:


Any thoughts on whether Molly would work for a nickname for ah-MAH-lia?

Daiseymae Says:


Daria is the one that gets me.

Daiseymae Says:


I have always thought Amalia was a gorgeous name.

MaryKathryn Says:


For some reason, when I saw Natalie Portman had named her daughter this, all I could think was Amal Clooney... I have no idea why.

indiefendi2 Says:


I'm not surprised at all Natalie Portman named her daughter Amalia, actually I kinda expected that. It has that European flair like her husband and is alliterative with Aleph.

caetano Says:


I feel the opposite way. Gonorrhea, diarrhea, etc...

caetano Says:


Ah-MAH-lia is how its pronounced in Portugal. I love it.

Nozomi Says:


I think this name is nice but I perfer Amelia dispite its popularity. I also perfer the ah-MAH-lee-a pronunciation the other one just sounds wierd to me.

Mul Says:


Never thought that my name is from German. Haha

AmaliaJane90 Says:


This is my name, pronounced "Amah-lia". I don't mind it but I mostly use Amy as it's my NN.

Alicia1 Says:


Seriously crushing on this gorgeous name!

Guest Says:


I've been fighting an internal battle on whether I would pronounce it aMAHlia or amaLIA but I think I like amaLIA better. This name is so pretty and stunning just like Amelia.

Alicia1 Says:


I like the ah-Mah-lia version.

Alicia1 Says:


I like this name,its slightly different from the popular Amelia.

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Sorceress Says:


I strongly and utterly disagree.

CocoWhite Says:


The "ah-mah-LEE-a" pronunciation is nice, but "ah-MAH-lee-a" sounds like some sort of disease. I don't like it.