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Gender: Female Meaning of Emily: "rival" Origin of Emily: Feminine variation of Emil, Latin Emily's Popularity in 2017: #12

The name Emily is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "rival". Emily is ranked #12 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Emily may have dropped somewhat in the current standings, but it was the most popular girls' name for over a decade because it appeals on many levels: Emily is feminine, classic, simple, pretty, and strong. It also has those nice literary namesakes, like Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë.

Parents who a decade ago might have chosen Emily have moved on to Emma—which currently holds the Number One crown—and now are looking at such alternatives as Amelia and Emmeline. But those girls' names, like Emma, may soon feel overused too.

Modern Emilys in the spotlight include a number of the hottest young actresses—Emily Blunt, Emily Mortimer, Emily Deschanel—and even Emma Stone was christened Emily. And Emily is still one of the most widely-used a href="">girl names starting with E, on its way to overtake A as the most fashionable first initial.

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Famous People Named Emily

Emily Jane Bronte, English novelist
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, American poet
Emily Post, American author and etiquette guru
Emily Margaret Watson, English actress
Emily Jordan Osment, American actress
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt, English actress
Emily Greene Balch, American economist, sociologist, and pacifist
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone, American actress
Emily-May Stephenson, English actress
Emily Rebecca Kinney, American actress and singer
Emily Carr, Canadian painter
Emily St. John Mandel, Canadian author
Emily Lau (Wai-hing), Hong Kong politician
Emily West (born Emily Marie Nemmers), American singer
Emily Erin Deschanel, American actress
Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer, English actress and screenwriter
Emily Irene VanCamp, Canadian actress
Emily Haines, Canadian-American singer-songwriter
Emily Robison (born Emily Burns Erwin), American singer-songwriter
Emily Saliers, American singer-songwriter
Emily Anne Hughes, American figure skater
Emily Smith, Scottish folk singer
Emily Ann Sonnett, American soccer player
Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress
Emily Louise Van Egmond, Australian soccer player
Emily Jane Zurrer, Canadian soccer player
Emily Sofia Alvarado Natividad, Mexican American football player
Emily Ratajkowski, American model and actress
Emily Palmer Marshall, character on ZOOM
Emily Beth Stern (b. 1983), daughter of radio/TV personality Howard Stern
Emily Clarkson (b. 1995), daughter of TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson
Emily Cunliffe (b. 1998), daughter of TV personality Kym Marsh of "Loose Women"
Emily Grace Stanley (b. 2011), daughter of American musician Paul Stanley
Emily Dale Griffin (b. 2017), daughter of actress Sutton Foster and Ted Griffin

Pop Culture References for the name Emily

Emily, character in novel "The One Apart" by author Justine Avery
Lady Emily Ashton, main character of the Lady Emily mysteries by Tasha Alexander
Emily, main character in novelette "The Post-it Note Affair" by author Justine Avery
Emily Barham, character in novel and 1964 film "The Americanization of Emily"
Emily Bartlett, title character in Beverly Cleary's "Emily's Runaway Imagination"
Emily Bishop, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Emily Byrd Starr, main character in L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon series
Emily Duff, character in animated series "Tiny Toon Adventures"
Emily Elizabeth, character in the Clifford the Big Red Dog series
Emily Eyefinger, children's book series by Duncan Ball and Craig Smith
Emily Fields, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Emily Bennett, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Emily Fitch, character on TV's "Skins"
Emily Foster, main character in 1976 film "Emily"
Emily Francisco, character on TV's "Alien Nation"
Emily Gilmore, Lorelai Gilmore's mother on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Emily Grierson, main character in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"
Emily Wheiler 'Neferet', main antagonist of the House of Night series (PC Cast)
Emily Hartwood, character in video game series Alone in the Dark
Emily Kirk, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Emily Lightman, character on TV's "Lie to Me"
Emily Locke, main character on TV's "Powerless"
Emily Pollifax, main character in mystery novels by Dorothy Gilman
Emily Prentiss, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Emily Rappaport, character in J.K. Rowling's "History of Magic in North America"
Emily Shelby, character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin'
Emily the Strange, cartoon and merchandising character
Emily Thorne, main character on TV's "Revenge," played by Emily VanCamp
Emily Weaver, character in film "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Emily Windsnap, main character in a series of novels by Liz Kessler
Emily Wyatt, character in the video game Deadly Premonition
Emily Young, character in The Twilight Saga
Emily, character in animated film "The Corpse Bride"
Emily, character in the comic strip Peanuts
Emily, character on TV's "Power Rangers Samurai"
Emily, steam locomotive on animated series "Thomas & Friends"
"Emily," French animated series and its main character
Emily "Em", character in video game "Until Dawn"
Emily Kaldwin, character in "Dishonored" video game series
Emily Rose, character in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"
Emily "Em" Gale, character in "The Wizard of Oz"
Emily, the wife in Definitely, Maybe
Emily Bennett, an American Girl Doll who is Molly Mcintire's best friend
Emily, a character in the TV show "The Next Step"
Miss Emily Baldwin, character in "The Waltons"
Emily Agreste, character in "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir"


TechnoKitten Says:


I knew a mean Emily.I don't really like the name either.

ericakatherine Says:


This is like the only popular name I just love. It's so sweet and sensible but strong. I would never name my daughter it, though - too popular.

Hero_Phoebus Says:


It's a lovely name, which explains how it came to be so very popular, but I feel that Emily's beauty has faded somewhat due to it becoming one of those generic, overused names that every other girl has.

Rainbow glitter Says:


It's popular because it's a classic, it's sweet and simple, and suits people of all ages. Also, no one will ask for its spelling, because it's very easy to spell, unlike some other names i know. Not only that but the famous writer Emily Bronte, who has written many classical books holds this name, lots of people like her,so some name their children Emily too. Plus, the name Emily fits people of all ages, even when you turn 60, the name will never sound too immature, like some names do. For example, Peggy, Molly,Chloe,Lily, they just get too cutsey and immature when you grow up. Hope this answers your question

Rainbow glitter Says:


Emily is my favourite name! It's so beautiful! Pretty,short,sweet etc. This name might be popular but that's not gonna stop me from using it. I really wish my name was Emily, it's just perfect. It begins with E, which is my favourite letter, has the letter M, which is my second favourite letter, it suits people of all ages and even comes with the cute nicknames 'Em' or 'Emmie'. This name is so so much better that 'Emma'. I seriously envy people with this name. If this is your name,you're the luckiest person ever. Emily will never get old

Piteco Says:


The most dull name of all. ever. For me, of course. I really don't like it. There are many other better girl names imo

bordercollie Says:


Emily is common, but not in a particularly overused way, more familiar than bland. This name isn't anything extraordinary or daring, but it's sweet and, in my opinion, quite lovely. Emily is refined and feminine, definitely more mature than Emma, if a little less spunky and warm.

emmer Says:


I'm an Emily born in the early 80's and my MIL is an Emily born in the 50's. I love my name and really think it's a "classic" like Elizabeth that transcends trendiness. Can't go wrong with Emmy or Em as a nickname and it ages into adulthood really well. One of the things I love the most about it is that no matter how popular it gets, it will never have a timestamp on it like Kaylin, Stacy, Madison, or some other names that feel very specific to a particular decade.

sunshinexoxo Says:


This is a nice name but way to OVERUSED

paulapuddephatt Says:


It comes from the same root as Amelia, I believe - and that has a meaning along those lines - industrious, hard-working, etc. I agree that it's much more appealing than the one given here.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful. Emma is still my favourite of the two, but love Emily. It's so classic.

morning_glory Says:


There's "dated" and then there's "popularity". For me, two quite different (if interlocking) concerns.

gummybear0724 Says:


I like this on a boy.

scarletbegonias Says:


Emily is a beautiful name - soft yet strong. It may be a popular choice, but even at the peak of its popularity only something like 1/80 girls were named Emily. I do not get passing on the name Emily, or any other classic name, for your child just because other parents like it too.

scarletbegonias Says:


They choose it because they think it is lovely and classic... and don't want to give it up just because other parents agree! :-)

ThistleThorn Says:


This is so pretty. It sounds much better than Emma and it is cute without being sounding like a baby's name.

Josie Says:


I love this name and one of my best friends has this name only I would spell it Emmalie or Emmaleah (pronounced emma then Leah)

scblovesnames Says:


Other sites have the meaning of this as Industrious which I like much better.

scblovesnames Says:


Middle name definitely not first for me but I sure find it pretty, simple and strong.

scblovesnames Says:


The middle name spot for me if I use it, though my favorite is Emmeline.

DolphinLover17 Says:


I think this name is beautiful. it sounds so sweet!

witchlet Says:


Emma Watson was not christened Emily! You are thinking of Emma Stone...

Angelicaecb Says:


I don't mind Emily, or Emma, despite the popularity. It's one of the few names I've found that has stayed attractive regardless of it's over use. I think it'll be up there with Elizabeth as far as it's continued use.

Audrey328 Says:


I don't understand why people are still using this name, given how popular it is.

indiefendi2 Says:


I prefer the French version unisex Émile (eh-MEAL), it sounds more sophisticated to everyday Emily.

Catastroffy Says:


I have never met a single person named Emily, funnily enough.

pammcmill Says:


Emily is my mom's mom's name. I would use Emily as a middle name.

Catastroffy Says:


I can't bear Emma and I used to dislike this too, but now I quite like it.

SunKissedChild Says:


So very common, I know at least 20 people named Emily, ranging in age from late 20's to 18 months. I used to find the name very plain, but now I associate it with my 16 yr old SIL .She's so sweet, innocent and funny, the name Emily suits her perfectly.

Whirligig Says:


Emily is a lovely name. I love l and m together. It is just so smooth and flowing.

Leah3456 Says:


Classic, beautiful name.

bretak Says:


I never liked this name until my mind randomly paired it with Frida. I think Frida Emily is so sweet and lovely. I wouldn't use it any other way, however.

Plutophelia Says:


though it is common i think that it is sturdy enough to use without seeming trendy. I love this name.

DearestJules Says:


This is a name I used to dislike but now love.

Guest Says:


Emma STONE was christened Emily. Emma Watson is Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson.

mckaylalove Says:


Emma Watson was never named Emily. There's another older but well established English actress named Emily Watson who the description probably mixes her up with.

emily19 Says:


This is my name and I would love it so much more if it wasn't so common and there weren't two other Emily's in my grade(at a small private school).

Guest Says:


I don't dislike the name but I will never understand why it's so popular. I just don't really get it.

eveyalecia Says:


This is my name, and I love it! Despite it's popularity, I only ever came across three other Emily's throughout my school years (I was born early 90's), and I've never disliked having this name. It's simple and sounds pretty. Occasionally people ask for the spelling, but for the most part this is the default.

rgp19 Says:


I don't believe Emma Watson's real name is Emily. She was born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson. However, actress Emma Stone was born Emily Jean Stone.

senseandsensibility Says:


My associations with Emily? - Nice and plain.

AnonymousPerson Says:


Has a tuneful ring and is definitely better than Emma, but I'm still not too sure.

jan11th Says:


way too common. i would never use this

dramagrl19 Says:


This is my name, and I love it! Sweet, feminine, and great connections. :) I wouldn't worry about popularity, because I know Emilys of all ages. It will never sound dated.