The name Emilia is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian, Hungarian origin meaning "rival". Emilia is ranked #102 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 "Quick Question Thread?!".
From the experts:
Emilia, the lovely feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative, now at Number 102. 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 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.