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 Baby Names That Mean Love and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Drop 2 Add 1 pick a fave that can't be dropped".
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.