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Gender: Female Meaning of Emilia: "rival" Origin of Emilia: Feminine variation of Emil, Latin Emilia's Popularity in 2017: #74

The name Emilia is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian, Hungarian origin meaning "rival". Emilia is ranked #74 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Emilia, the lovely feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative. Its one problem is that it sounds like and is often seen as interchangeable with Amelia, which has a different root and meaning.

Emilia also has Shakespearean appeal as the wife of Iago and confidante of Desdemona in Othello. In modern pop culture, Emilia is the name of the main character in The Princess Diaries and the first name of Game of Thrones and Solo star Emilia Clarke.

Emilia is currently enjoying high popularity across some diverse cultures -- it's near the top of the charts in Iceland, Finland, Austria, Poland and Chile.

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Famous People Named Emilia

Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke, English actress
Emilia Rose Elizabeth Fox, English actress
Emilia Lanier (born Aemilia Bassano), English poet
Emilia Plater, Polish-Lithuanian revolutionary
Emilia Rydberg, Swedish singer
Emilia Pikkarainen, Finnish Olympic swimmer
Emilia Anna Kaczorowska-Wojtyła, mother of Pope John Paul II
Emilia Krakowska, Polish actress
Emilia Szczaniecka, Polish social activist
Emilia Merkell, model and daughter of Patsy Palmer (Bianca from Eastenders)
Emilia Jones (b. 2002), English actress; daughter of singer Aled Jones
Emilia Lovely Gorecki (b. 2011), daughter of singer Dev and Johnny Gorecki
Emilia Van Der Beek (b. 2016), daughter of American actor James Van Der Beek
Emilia Tommasina Saccone-Joly (daughter of YouTube vloggers the SacconeJolys)
Emilia Giovanna Tucci (b. 2018), daughter of American actor, writer, producer, and film director Stanley Tucci, sister to Matteo Oliver; half-sister to Nicolo Robert, Isabel Concetta, and Camilla

Pop Culture References for the name Emilia

Emilia, wife to Iago in Shakespeare's play "Othello"
Emilia, one of the seven young women at the heart of Boccaccio's "The Decameron" (alongside Pampinea, Fiammetta, Filomena, Lauretta, Neifile (Nephele), and Elissa)
Emilia Greenleaf, main character in "The Other Woman"
Emilia Mendoza, character in "The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer
Emilia, Mrs Orange's baby, with eight teeth, in Dickens's short story "A Holiday Romance" (1868)
Emilia, character in "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys
Emilia, character in "Nad Niemnem" by Eliza Orzeszkowa
Emilka (Emilia), character in "Noce I Dnie" (Nights And Days)" by Maria Dąbrowska
Emilia, character in "The Magician From Lublin" by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Emilia, a stressed out spirit arts using elf :c from the light novel "rezero: starting life in another world"
Emilia Ricoletti, character in BBC's »Sherlock«-Special »The Abominable Bride«.
Emilia the Hero (Emi Yusa), The Devil is a Part-Timer! [English Dub by Funimation]


seminole Says:


This is one of my favorites despite its increasing popularity. I've always loved Amelia but prefer this spelling because of a personal connection to the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna.

RoseGoldHeart Says:


Hate it. I have a RIVAL called Emilia, so it is completely ruined for me. Besides, I just don't like it anyways.

Jaquelenne Haines Says:


Her name in The Princess Diaries is Amelia. You have her listed on the Amelia page, can you remove this info from the Emilia page please?

kellantryst Says:


I say it eh-mil-lia.

Emilka Jońca Says:


This is my name and in poland we pronounce it E-Mi-lia.

nealbost Says:


"Mia" in The Princess Diaries is a nickname for "Amelia".

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Most people pronounce this name the same as Amelia, but traditionally it is pronounced with an Em sound, like Emily or Emma.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Thank you. 😃

Becca Says:


Yes, just like "Amelia."

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like Emily and Amelia, but this name confuses me. A lot of people seem to pronounce it exactly the same way as Amelia. Is this correct? Or should the name be pronounced with an Em sound at the start?

Cashaz85 Says:


It's pronunciation is actually closer to Eh-Mill-Ee-Ah - my husband is Spanish and this is how his family pronounces it... being from latin decent, it sounds so beautiful when it roles off the tongue (and when my Hubby and his family say the name, it sounds even better) :)

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TheSlothPrincess Says:


Very pretty, I like this much better than Amelia. The spelling is nicer, and there is a slight difference in pronunciation. I'm sure someone named this would constantly have to spell it out for others, but a lot of us with typically spelled names have to spell out our last names anyway.

marilanna Says:


The description is incorrect by the way -- "Mia" of the Princess Diaries is short for Amelia. Says:


Actually, a better more accurate meaning of the name Emilia is to strive/ to excel / hard -working. I am surprised to see a website as big as this one to leave out the positive meaning of a name and just put such negative connotation. It shows how unreliable this website is. The meaning of a name is the essence of it. I wonder how other names are defined in this website. Quite disappointed indeed.

Emilia - Yellowbell99 Says:


It's my name also, and I pronounce it just like you would with the name Amelia

headintheclouds Says:


I was skeptical of Emilia at first- it seemed to be too much of a variant of a popular A- or E- syllable girl name, along the likes of Emmylina, Emmelia and so on (I really dislike this category of names). I've always thought it was an Amelia variant until I found out it was its own separate name. The look and sound of Emilia- more down-to-earth-seeming than Amelia, more elegant than the homespun Emily- really drew me in, and now I really like it. It's already starting to increase in popularity and I can only see it going up from here, thanks to Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.

ashbee Says:


This is my favorite name, but I'm pretty sure it will become a top 50 name with the popularity of Game of Thrones and actress Emilia Clarke. :( It will attract all of the people looking for the next Emily and Amelia, too.

EmChristopher Says:


Love this gorgeous name. I definitely prefer this spelling over Amelia.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I love this! I wish it wasn't growing in popularity so much... :-(

smithe Says:


It's growing on me.

EMI Says:


This is my name and I pronounce it ee-MIL-yah.

Bridget Says:


According to other websites in addition to rival it also means to strive or to excel

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I only like this name if pronounced EM-I-LEE-A not like Amelia, then its not my favorite.

Guest Says:



or it can be emILia too I suppose but I normally hear it the first way

faithnamer Says:


Is this pronounced like em-il-ia, or em-eel-ia?

sophiesilly Says:


I really like this name, but I don't like the meaning too much. I love the names Amelia and Emily, so I find this is a more uncommon medium. I wish it meant something other than "rival."

Miranda082 Says:


I like this version more than Amelia. Amelia feels a little to overdone for me and Emilia basically being the same name changes the game.

isa Says:


this is my favorite name :)