Gender: Female Meaning of Amy: "beloved" Origin of Amy: French Amy's Popularity in 2019: #203

Amy Origin and Meaning

The name Amy is a girl's name of French, Latin origin meaning "beloved".

Amy is the English variation of the Old French name Amée—Aimée in modern French. Amée was a translation of the Latin name Amata, which derived from amatus, meaning “beloved.” Other spelling variations include Amie and Ami.

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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Rank in US: #203

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Famous People Named Amy

Pop Culture References for the name Amy

Amiya, Amiiee, Amee, Ammee, Amatia, Ammie, Amylyn, Amiee, Amie, Amii, Aami, Amice, Amia, Ammy, Amio, Amecia,

Amy's International Variations

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


NimbleNymph Says:


I know so many girls named Amy. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice name! I just wish I didn't see it everywhere...

Amy x Says:


“Far less used for babies today”
Bruh I’m 12 and every other Amy I know is my age or even younger.

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?