Gender: Female Meaning of Amelia: "work" Origin of Amelia: German Amelia's Popularity in 2019: #7

Amelia Origin and Meaning

The name Amelia is a girl's name of German origin meaning "work".

Amelia is derived from the German name Amalia, which in turn is a variation of Amalberga. The root, amal, is a Germanic word meaning “work,” and in the context of female given names suggests themes of fertility as well as productivity. Aemilia, the name from which Emily is derived, is unrelated to Amelia.

Amelia 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 it as the eponymous heroine of the Henry Fielding novel. Amelia also appears 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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Rank in US: #7

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Famous People Named Amelia

Pop Culture References for the name Amelia

Emily, Amie, Amilyn, Ameilia, Emelie, Amilita, Amelina, Amilisa, Amylia, Amali, Amilina, Amaliya, Emilya, Amelisa, Ameila, Emelita,

Amelia's International Variations

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


Isabella_188 Says:


Love this name, but I personally would prefer Emilia.

scblovesnames Says:


I think you are quite accurate that Sarah is so common it is becoming boring. I much prefer Zara, and wish I had been named that. I do like my name, I just wish it wasn't so commonplace like Amelia has become. But Amelia is so melodic to me. I do love it and can see why it's a popular name.

ameliadevin Says:


My name is Amelia, and I love my name. I'm not born in a country with English as a first language so I got to choose my own name when I was in elementary school. Back in late 90s and early 2000, this name wasn't so popular. Later when I went to high school in Canada and there were none or maybe 1 Amelia in each school. I've got so many compliments about my name. I'm actually kind of sad that this name got "popular" now cause I don't want it to be so common.... but oh well those kids with this name are more than 20 years younger than me so who cares :) - I'm 27 now. My nicknames is Mia, Ameli, Mel etc. Mia is my favorite and only close ppl call me by that.

Hero_Phoebus Says:


In England, 2016 alone, there were almost 7,000 baby girls named Amelia. That's pretty extreme. I work in a primary school and in one class alone, we have five Amelias. They are known as Amelia G, Amelia R, Amelia W, Amelia A and Amelia A... They are addressed as though they are some model of iPhone or something ... Yes, the name is gorgeous, but it's turning into one of those typcpical generic girl names. It's becoming as boring as Sarah.

Eliza1303 Says:


Love this name and the nn Li.

Scorpio Says:


This is my name... it's too popular now, and I don't like it anymore.

bordercollie Says:


I think Amelia looks really pretty written out, but it sounds sort of overly sweet and childish. It's not a bad name, just not one of my favorites. It's also getting very popular.

Ella Says:


Pronounced uh-meel-ee-uh

richardkr34 Says:


Nice name. Too popular, though

Amelia94 Says:


I'm an Amelia (Ah-me-lee-ah) and work in health care and get lots of comments from people about my name. Growing up, I didn't know any Amelia's (born in 1994) and still to this day I have heard one or two people called Amelia in my place of work, but know a couple of Amelie's though.

LRC1980 Says:


I can't explain it but this name really grates on me and i work in a nursery where there are tonnes of Amelia's so i must say it a hundred times a day until it loses all meaning. I think the local accent doesn't help, hearing the parents saying A-Meal-Yuh

Daiseymae Says:


Lovely name!

bethlena Says:


What can I say? Amelia is such a gorgeous, sophisticated name. It is a little long and frilly for my taste, but the name is definitely one of the most beautiful names I have ever encountered. The only negative aspect of this name is its severe popularity. Last year, almost 6,000 babies in the United Kingdom alone were name Amelia.

sunshinexoxo Says:


This is such a sweet, lovely name!

NatalieJeanMarie Says:


As a child I loved this name. It was the name of the main character in one of my favourite books at the time - Enid Blyton's Amelia Jane Again!

I considered using it for my own daughter (whom I named Emilia) but couldn't get past the fact that it is the medical term given to babies who are born without limbs. I'm a little surprised that Nameberry doesn't mention this in the description of the name!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Strong, beautiful name

anniebrown01 Says:


This is one of my favorite names to date. It's one of the only mainstream names that I have grown to love. The only thing is that I don't see it diminishing in popularity anytime soon, which is sad :(

fromtheocean12 Says:


Really disappointed that this name is getting popular because it's just so gorgeous!

ameliejane123 Says:


I love this name so much. And the nickname Millie is great too. I only wish it wasn't so popular, or I would use it in a heartbeat!

Ameliaxx Says:


This is my name and I love it, I was named after my great great grandmother. My middle name is Jane after my aunty and for nicknames my family call me mimi, and sometimes I call myself Mia but usually just Amelia because I like it!

cabosanmucus Says:


Amelia is beautiful but I'm tired of hearing it so much. To me it needs to be retired for a few years.

Ah-mee-lee-ah Says:


My name is Amelia too <3

headintheclouds Says:


One of the best down-to-earth, strong and feminine classic girl's names. Amelia has many wonderful and inspirational namesakes in history, among those Amelia Earhart, and gives off the vibe of industriousness and hard work, fitting with its meaning. Plus Amelia is truly a timeless name- it really suits those of all ages, from a baby, to little girl, teenager, woman to an older lady. Also it's vintage and romantic yet sounds right in place with modern names today.

?? Says:


My name's Amelia and i have the blessing of having absolutely no one my age with the same name (I'm 17), but as soon as i go somewhere with lots of kids it's like every second kid is called Amelia. Luckily I just abbreviate to Milly

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name, but it's so popular now!

Zelliew Says:


Yes! It is much prettier when said as Ah- me- lee - ah

babymagic Says:


Amelia is a not so savory medical term. It's all I think about when I hear this name, unfortunately.

kiwipop Says:


Pretty name. reminds me of Amelia Earhart

Bobcat108 Says:


Emilia is a feminine version of Emil (like Emily); it's not related to Amelia, even though they sound very similar. Like you, I'm not crazy about Amelia (in spite of Amelia Earheart being really cool), but I really like Emilia (although Emiliana is what I'd use if I were to use a name in that family).

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Megarebegga Says:


One of my favorite girl names!

CatherineAnn Says:


I love this name. Classic and beautiful

HayleyP93 Says:


My little girls name. She'll be 1 next month. Absolutely love it!

Caroline Says:


I love it!! My little niece is named Amelia!! She is Darling!!

Saffron_Rice Says:


I've liked this name ever since reading "Vanity Fair" with Amelia Sedley in it.

Leah3456 Says:


I used to not like this name, but now I have grown to love it.

sfamilym Says:


I named my daughter this in 2011, right before it started getting really popular. I love it, and so does everyone I meet. Her name is perfect for her. I really dislike when people pronounce it Ah-meal-ya though, it is Ah-me-lee-ah, which sounds much prettier.

eveyalecia Says:


I love it when people like their name! I'm glad to hear you've had such a good experience with your name.

have to disagree on the commonality of the name though-- at least where
I'm from, I know several Amelia's personally, and it's not an uncommon
name to hear around. The Amelia's I know all go by very different
nicknames though (Amy, Millie, Mia) so this is a very versatile name!

killerbunnyfangs Says:


I don't care whether you think my name is ugly or not! Cant change what my parents named me and my boyfriend loves my name! Actually I get a lot of complements on my name. A lot of people say wow thats really pretty! Not a very common name.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I really dislike this name. It doesn't sound pretty to me. They're so many Amelia's as well, it's too mainstream.

eveyalecia Says:


Agreed! Pretty on paper, but said aloud it's kind of ugly. I prefer the French Amelie.

peigin.leitir.moir Says:


Simply stunning! Love it

Hydra Says:


I don't get the appeal. It sounds......mealy, I guess.

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Theodora_Phoenix Says:


One of my favorite names.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I used to dislike this name, but a charming girl I met who has it rendered it pretty in my mind.