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Gender: Female Meaning of Amelia: "work" Origin of Amelia: German Amelia's Popularity in 2017: #8

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 "Favorite Full name for Nickname".

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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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Famous People Named Amelia

Saint Amelia aka Amalberga of Maubeuge, 7th century Belgian saint
Amelia Mary Earhart, American aviator
Amelia Jenks Bloomer, American feminist, popularized "bloomers"
Amelia Sophia Eleanor, Princess of Great Britain, daughter of King George II
Amelia, Princess of the U.K., daughter of King George III
Amelia Calder (Mitchel), wife of British Nelson-era Admiral Sir Robert Calder
Amelia Fiona "Minnie" Driver, English actress
Amelia Heinle Luckinbill, American actress
Amelia Kinkade, American actress
Amelia Zirin-Brown aka Lady Rizo, American comedienne
Amelia Vega (Polanco), Dominican beauty queen, Miss Universe 2003
Amelia Okoli, Nigerian Olympic high jumper
Amelia Curran, Canadian singer-songwriter
Amelia Opie, English novelist
Amelia Holt Atwater-Rhodes, American novelist
Amelia Magdalena Hundley, American gymnast
Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson, American civil rights activist
Amelia Bullmore, English actress and writer
Amelia Fletcher, English pop singer
Amelia Rose Blaire, American actress
Amelia Jones, American art historian and author
Amelia Adams, Australian TV presenter
Amelia Catherine (Bennett) Warner aka Slow Moving Millie, American actress and singer
Hope Amelia Solo, American soccer player
Amelia Wilson, American swimmer
Amelia Lily (Oliver), English pop singer
Amelia Zadro, Australian model
Amelia Eisenhower Mahon, daughter of Susan Eisenhower; granddaughter of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Amelia Warren Tyagi, American author; daughter of politician Elizabeth Warren
Mary Amelia Ingalls, elder sister of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor (b. 1995), daughter of the Earl of St Andrews; great-great-granddaughter of George V; in line to the British throne
Amelia Vernon (b. 1996), daughter of ice hockey player Mike Vernon
Amelia Gray Hamlin (b. 2001), daughter of actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna
Amelia Jane Henson (b. 2005), daughter of actress Mia Sara and Brian Henson
Amelia Skinner (b. 2009), daughter of rapper Mike Skinner of The Streets
Amelia Lucille Francisco (b. 2014), daughter of actors Jason Francisco and Melisa Cantiveros
Amelia Rose Andre (b. 2014), daughter of TV presenter Peter Andre
Halo Amelia Hunt (b. 2012), daughter of Australian footballer Karmichael Hunt

Pop Culture References for the name Amelia

"Amelia Bedelia," children's book series by Peggy Parish
Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis, main character in "The Princess Diaries" series
Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun, character in anime "Slayers"
Dr. Amelia Shepherd, character on TV's "Private Practice" & "Grey's Anatomy"
Amelia "Amy" Jessica Pond Williams, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Amelia Donaghy, character in movie "The Bone Collector"
"Amelia," novel by Henry Fielding and main character
Amelia 'Emmy' Sedley later Osbourne, character in "Vanity Fair"
Amelia, character in the "Fire Emblem" video game series
Amelia Peabody, main character in books by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Bonetti, character in 1986 movie "Ginger and Fred"
Amelia Louise McBride, character in graphic novel series "Amelia Rules!" by Jimmy Gownley
Amelia C. Voght, character in X-Men comics
"Amelia's Notebook," book series by Marissa Moss
"Our Only May Amelia," novel by Jennifer L. Holm
Amelia Richardson, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Amelia Joffe, character on soap "General Hospital"
Amelia Bones. character from the "Harry Potter" series
Susan Amelia Bones, niece of Amelia Bones in the "Harry Potter" series
Amelia Gabble, character in Disney's "The AristoCats"
Amelia, main character in "In a Heartbeat" by Loretta Ellsworth
Amelia, character in "Animal Crossing" video game series
Amelia, character in the "Underworld" series
Amelia Cackle, character on TV's "The Worst Witch"
"Naughty Amelia Jane," novel by Enid Blyton
Amelia the Singing Fairy, character in the "Rainbow Magic" series
Amelia, character in "The Terminal"
Amelia Duckworth, character on Disney Channel's "Bizaardvark"
Amelia "Amy" Dubanowski, character on NBC's "Superstore"
"Amelia," song by Tonight Alive
"Amelia," song by Joni Mitchell
Amelia Island, Florida, USA

Amelia's International Variations

Emilie, Amelie, Amalie (French) Milica, Amalia (Czech) Emilia, Malika, Malcsi, Ilma, Mali (Hungarian) Melcia, Ama, Amelcia (Polish) Amilia (Scottish)