The name Amelia is a girl's name of German origin meaning "work". Amelia is ranked #8 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
From the experts:
Amelia, a lovely Victorian name, is one of the hottest girls' names as an update to the overused Emily and Amanda. Amelia emerged as the top British name in 2011 and retains the Number 1 spot, and in 2017 vaulted into the US Top 10 for the first time. Among the most popular girls' names starting with A, Amelia is also a Top 10 girls' name in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Poland. So while Emilia and Emelia are sound-alike names closer to the mega-popular Emma and Emily, it's the Amelia version that's on the fast track.
Kids might associate Amelia with the wacky children's book character Amelia Bedelia, while adults could appreciate its Shakespearean cred as a character in A Comedy of Errors--spelled Aemilia, as well as as the eponymous heroine of the Henry Fielding novel, and also appearing in novels by Trollope and Thackeray, as a Harry Potter name, and as detective Amelia Peabody in the Elizabeth Peters series. Angelina Jolie played patrol cop Amelia Donaghy in The Bone Collector.
Amelia became a British royal name via the daughters of Kings George II and III. American heroes who have inspired a new generation of namesakes are aviatrix Amelia Earhart and feminist Amelia Bloomer.
Trivia tidbit: Amelia is the birth name of Minnie Driver.
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