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Gender: Female Meaning of Emiliana: "rival" Origin of Emiliana: Italian variation of Emily

The name Emiliana is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "rival". Emiliana and is often added to lists like Names to Substitute for Emily and discussed in our forums with posts like "Elimination CAF".

From the experts:

The enormous popularity of Emily and Emma means that parents will be looking further afield for substitutes -- and this is one of the prettiest.

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Famous People Named Emiliana

Emiliana Torrini (b. 1977), Icelandic singer
Emiliana of Trasilla, Catholic saint
Emiliana, virgin Catholic saint and aunt of St. Gregory the Great
Emiliana de Zubeldía Inda (6 July 1888 – 26 May 1987), Spanish pianist and composer
Emiliana Mangue, Equatoguinean footballer
Emiliana Cruz, contemporary linguistic anthropologist

Pop Culture References for the name Emiliana

Emiliana Matamoros, main character in the Spanish novel "La Hija del Sastre"
Emiliania, a genus of phytoplankton
Emiliania huxleyi, a member of that genus
Emiliana alexandri, an extinct hemipteran insect
Macropygia emiliana, the Ruddy Cuckoo-dove, a bird


tfzolghadr Says:


That is SO sweet! Thank you!

Bobcat108 Says:


Every time I see one of your posts I admire your daughter's name all over again. It's a lovely combination of sounds!

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tfzolghadr Says:


Plenty of people name their kids Aidan despite having Irish blood. I really don't think anyone would care, especially since I don't think it's a name that shouts "Spanish!" or "Italian!" due to the popularity of other Em- names. Only Spanish/ Hispanic and Italian friends have ever commented on the name's origins to me. Only Italians have ever asked why I chose it (as it's not popular in Italy), and actually have been really excited about the name.

oliviamcdonald Says:


This is the most beautiful name ever. I adore it. Only problem I'm not Italian or Spanish. Would that seem strange?

I like nn Millie or even Milan

tfzolghadr Says:


We named our daughter Emiliana Pari. We liked the frilly Emiliana with the simple Pari. Plus, Emiliana brightened up an otherwise bleak surname. Emiliana also provides you with a multitude of nicknames, such as Emmy, Milia, Ana, Emu, Lia, Lianne, Liana, Millie, etc. The only downside is that it seems to be hard for some (mostly old) people to spell/ pronounce... I didn't anticipate that. I have no name regrets, though... it's a distinctive name that is still not too "out there". Additionally, there's a great singer named Emiliana Torrini... a great namesake. P.S. I find Emiliana no more superfluous than Juliana or any other -ana name. It's simply longer, frillier, and more romantic as it's a Spanish/ Italian name.

Veraanthony Says:


So what did you do. Really love this name.

Guest Says:


Superfulous, though I do like Miliana.

tfzolghadr Says:


I've loved this name since I was a teenager, and it's DH's favourite for the plethora of nicknames. The only downsides are its length, and the number of sound alike names (Emma, Emily, Amelia, Emilia, etc.).