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.