Gender: Female Pronunciation: AM-el-ee Meaning of Amelie: "work" Origin of Amelie: French variation of Amelia Amelie's Popularity in 2018: #721

Amelie Origin and Meaning

The name Amelie is a girl's name of German, French origin meaning "work".

Emily gets a Bohemian spin and a French accent when it becomes Amelie. This favorite among French girl names has been gaining notice here thanks to the charming 2001 French film Amelie; it entered the American popularity list in 2002 and is now solidly established in the Top 1000.

There's definitely a lot of confusion over the roots of, and differences among, all these related names, but Emily, Emma, and Amelia all derive from different roots and have different meanings, and Amelie is a descendant of the Amelia branch.

Amelie is currently enjoying great popularity in abroad, especially in England and Wales, Australia, and Germany.

Probably inspired by the name of French King Louis Philippe's consort Marie-Amelie, Balzac used the name for two of his prominent characters.

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Rank in US: #721

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Peonyaliceam Says:


its pronounced like Emily but it just starts with an A. (Amily, Am-el-ee)

JOAsnames Says:


Amelia is pronounced a-me-leah

Bertha Bernard Says:


If your name is Amelie, it looks like nobody will already know how you like to pronounce it.

Piteco Says:


I confess I never gave a damn about this name. Then I just watched Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain. I LOVE THIS NAME NOW. I just can picture now a sweet, dreamly girl called Amelie

Amelie Hagberg Says:


My name is Amelie. I'm from Sweden and here it's pronounced Ah-mE-lee :)

paulapuddephatt Says:


This is gorgeous, but as with many of these names, there appear to be several different ways to pronounce it. It does become somewhat confusing.

Dalmatians101 Says:


If you pronouce it correctly, like the frenchs do its beautifull! I knew one Amelie and she was very sweet :)

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Such a beautiful name! It sounds like the name of a fairytale princess. My favorite out of the Emily/Amelia/Emilia names :)

Megsan Says:


Watch the movie Amelie a few dozen times, and you'll quickly catch on.

Try "Uh-mey-LEE", with the emphasis on the third syllable. It's all soft (including the L pronunciation) up until the "IE", which is the most pronounced part of the name.

My daughter's name -- which is overwhelmingly pronounced "Amily" with the occasional "Amelia" here in Australia (including by her own family), yet this still hasn't diminished my love for it.

Chloe Says:


Pronounced Ah-Mu-Lee

Chloe Says:


My sister's kid is Amélie Ruth Daine

SimoneKadele Says:


Since I wrote this, I've met three French Amélies (I have no idea how that happened)! Most English-speakers would pronounce it AH-muh-lee, I think, and a lot of people here insist on ah-may-LEE. In my experience, it's closer to ah-meh-LEE. The long a doesn't seem to be quite a long a— it's more like a Spanish e with a tiny bit of long a. I still like AH-muh-lee best, though! :)

Starelli Says:


I knew of a girl with this name once. Her teachers and parents called her, "Aw-molee" (Like anomaly). It sounds much prettier with the French pronunciation.

Catastroffy Says:


Picture Emily with an A instead of the E and the emphasis on the middle syllable.

Zuzana Says:


I love this name and I love this dreamy Movie.

SimoneKadele Says:


I know a girl who pronounces it AH-muh-lee.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Cute and unique alternative to Amelia.

Auri Says:


We named my daughter this and pronounce it Ah-may-lee. It gets mispronounced initially a lot, but people quickly catch on. It is still my favorite name and my daughter loves it and we call her Amie for short.

pennylane13 Says:


My little Amelie is pronounced 'Ah-meal-Lee', like Amelia without the 'a' on the end. I think a lot of people pronounce it 'Am-a-lee' though.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


How do you pronounce this name?