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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 "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

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]