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Gender: Female Meaning of Amy: "beloved" Origin of Amy: French Amy's Popularity in 2017: #174

The name Amy is a girl's name of French, Latin origin meaning "beloved". Amy is ranked #174 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Love and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change two letters (5 names)".

From the experts:

Amy was second only to Jennifer for the whole decade of the 1970s and, though far less used for babies today, remains a short, sweet Little Women-style classic. When asked which seventies name might make a comeback, several Berries placed their bets on Amy.

Amy rocketed to popularity in the late nineteenth century along with the other Louisa May Alcott Little Women names (Amy was the artistic one), fell from favor, then burst onto the scene again in the 1960s, when parents were turning back to basic names like Jessie, Maggie and Molly.

The many notable Amys on the scene today include actors Amy Adams, Amy Ryan and Amy Poehler, singer Amy Grant, director Amy Heckerling and author Amy Tan.

Amy was the name of 'Little Dorrit' in the Dickens novel.

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Famous People Named Amy

Amy Lyon, birth name of Emma, Lady Hamilton
Amy Adams, American actress
Amy Beth Schumer, American comedian and actress
Amy Tan, American novelist
Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist
Amy Lynn Lee, American lead singer of band Evanescence
Amy Jade Winehouse, English singer
Amy Meredith Poehler, American actress/comedian
Amy Lee Grant, American singer
Amy Frederica Brenneman, American actress
Amy Sim, American fashion designer ("Under the Gunn")
Amy Chua, American lawyer and author
Amy Renee Heidemann, singer of American hip-hop duo Karmin
Amy Davis Irving, American actress
Amy Heckerling, American film director
Amy Lynn Carter, daughter of U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Amy Jo Johnson, American actress
Amy Jean Klobuchar, U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Amy Hempel, American short story author
Amy Andrea Childs, English actress
Amy Tintera, an american writer
Amy Yuen Yee Chow, American Olympic gymnast
Amy Elizabeth Ray, American singer of The Indigo Girls
Amy Ryan (born Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski), American actress
Amy Louise Acker, American actress
Amy Marie Yasbeck, American actress
Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, himself the favourite of Queen Elizabeth I of England
Amy Elizabeth Fisher aka the Long Island Lolita, American author and actress
Amy Blagojevich, daughter of politician Rod Blagojevich
Amy Joy Rodriguez Shilling, American soccer player
Amy Elizabeth Cimorelli, YouTuber of band Cimorelli
Amy Dale, YouTuber of The Dale Tribe
Naomi "Amy" Biden, late daughter of U.S. VP Joe Biden
Amy Lee aka AmyLee33, English YouTuber
Amy Turner, Australian rugby player
Amy Elizabeth Cimorelli, Singer/Guitarist for the band Cimorelli

Pop Culture References for the name Amy

Amy March, character in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"
Amy Leander, character in Lauren DeStefano's "The Internment Chronicles"
Amy Abbott, character on TV's "Everwood"
Amy Dorrit, character in Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"
Amy Brinkley, baby on TV's "Up All Night"
Amy Farrah Fowler, character on TV's "The Big Bang Theory"
Amy Juergens, main character on TV's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Amy Barone, Robert's wife on TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Amy aka Sailor Mercury, character in anime "Sailor Moon"
Amy Rose, character in the Sonic The Hedgehog video games
Amelia "Amy" Jessica Pond, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Amy Pond, character in Supernatural
Amy Dyer, character on the British TV series "In the Flesh"
Amy Martin, character in the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis
Amy, gorilla in Michael Crichton's "Congo"
Amy Green, Rachel's sister on TV's "Friends"
Amy, minor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Amy Fleming, character on TV's "Heartland"
Amy Madison, minor character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Amy Duncan, character on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"
Amy Wong, character on TV's "Futurama"
Amy Matthews, character on TV's "Boy Meets World"
Amy Brookheimer, character on TV's "Veep"
Amy Cahill, characters in The 39 Clues series
Amy Barlow, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Amy Elliot Dunne, character in Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl"
Amy Santiago, character on TV's 'Brooklyn Nine Nine'
Amy Lindley, Jen's daughter on TV's "Dawson's Creek"
Amy Sorel, character in the 'Soul Calibur' video games
Amy Jones, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Amy Dubanowski, character on TV's "Superstore"
Amy Foster, character in "Sims" series
"Amy" song by Green Day
"Amy," song by Pure Prairie League
"Amy" song by Allstar Weekend
"Once in Love with Amy," song in musical "Where's Charley?"
Amy Bradshaw, protagonist and main character in the movie D.E.B.S
Amy's Kitchen, vegetarian frozen food company

Amee, Aami, Amiya, Ammee, Amatia, Ammie, Amylyn, Amiee, Amie, Amii, Amiiee, Amice, Amia, Ammy, Amio, Amecia, Ammiee, Amye, Amiah, Amey, Aime

Amy's International Variations

Amada (Spanish) Amaliya (Russian) Amelie, Aimeé (French) Ema (Romanian) Amalia, Amadea (Italian) Amata (Swedish)


ginnnn Says:


My name is Amy. I do actually quite like it, although it it fairly common (one of my close friends is called Amee!). I find that most fictional Amys often have brown hair (which I do). Also, I feel like most characters with the name "Amy" are represented as quite brown-nosey, which I can see why.

afluffmuffin Says:


i agree

NameLover 11 Says:


I adore this name!! Unlike Jennifer/Jessica/Melissa, this name does not sound dated at all. I love the Little Women association and the meaning!!! Such a great name. It's short and sweet and adorable for a baby girl born in 2017. And it has the word "aim" in it, like "aim" for your dreams!!!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful, classic, short and simple, lovely meaning, just one of my absolute favourites, and has been for a long time now

Aimee Says:


This definition is incorrect. AMY comes from the word "ami" which means friend. The spelling "AIMEE" means beloved.

nipnerb Says:


Although she was beloved, as the name meaning points out.

Amy Gomez Says:


I think Amy is the most buetiful name in the world because its my name💖💋💃

Kaylee Says:


Yes it is.♥

Kaylee Says:


My mom's name is Amy and just like the name says beloved that's what she is beloved. I love you mommy, (a'm eleven years old)

amybaldwin Says:


Thank you! I thought hey that's interesting let's try it out and it stuck! I also call her Penn but mainly Penny, and since she's 4 months old I haven't had to bring out the angry "Penny Elizabeth Baldwin!" yet! Haha

amybaldwin Says:


As an Amy I was so careful about how much eyeliner I did on my eyes because of Amy Winehouse...she never seemed like a fellow Amy to me...I would love to have my name come out of the 70's! Haha! I relate it to Amy from Little Women...Interestingly enough, I love the name Beth (my former middle name prior to getting married and moving my maiden name in to the middle used to be Elizabeth, I miss Elizabeth a lot but my daughter is Penny Elizabeth : ) now dreaming of another girl name to go with that (dreaming for now that is!)

Zelliew Says:


A pretty name

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Penny Beth is so cute! :)

amybaldwin Says:


I am 29 and I get so excited to meet another Amy my age haha, I did not appreciate Brittany Spears' song "If you seek AMY" thanks a lot! No I love my name, and honestly there isn't anything boring about me...okay maybe some stuff. I am a mom to a daughter, Penny (just Penny not Penelope because she did't seem like a Penelope and her middle name is Elizabeth and Penelope Elizabeth Baldwin is WAY too long to yell out when she is in trouble...I mostly call her Penny Beth or Penn)...Any nickname I have ever received is actually longer than my name (Ames, Amer, Amers...they all sound funny)

MichelleTherese Says:


I think of Amy as a classic name. It's been around for centuries. So pretty and wholesome-sounding.

Leah3456 Says:


The All-American girl name.

Guest Says:


I'm conflicted about this name. On the one hand I like it and think it's pretty but on the other it's too common (archtypal tv mom name) and slightly boring.

neworleans Says:


I like this name. I think it's cute!

Periberry Says:


i searched this because of amy winehouse too !!

kitchi1 Says:


Listening to Amy Winehouse right I the only one that thinks "Amy" doesn't fit her at all?