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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Emily mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Emily

"Emily" is a name of English origin, and it means "To Strive or Excel or Rival". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

English form of Latin Aemilia, a gens name from aemulus (“rival, or those in the next valley”).

  1. A female given name.

Emily was also found in the following language(s): Danish and German

Notable Persons Named Emily

Emma Stone is an actress. She has been prominent since 2004. Emma was given the name Emily Jean Stone on November 6th, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. Emma is also known as Emily Stone and Riley Stone.

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Emily Blunt is an actress. She was most prominent from 2001 to present. Emily was given the name Emily Olivia Leah Blunt on February 23rd, 1983 in London, England, UK.

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Emily was given the name Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski on June 7th, 1991 in Westminster.

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Emily Jane Browning is an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Emily was born on December 7th, 1988 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Emily is also known as Browning, Emily Jane, and Em.

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Emily Deschanel is an actress and producer. Her ongoing career started in 1994. Emily was given the name Emily Erin Deschanel by her parents Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel on October 11th, 1976 in Los Angeles.

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Emily Dickinson was a poet. Emily was given the name Emily Elizabeth Dickinson on December 10th, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She breathed her last breath on May 15th, 1886.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Emily

Emily is a fictional character.

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Edward was born in 1617. He left this life in 1657.

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How popular is the baby name Emily in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 210 210 0 #101 girl name
1881 244 244 0 #90 girl name
1882 272 272 0 #96 girl name
1883 342 342 0 #81 girl name
1884 364 364 0 #81 girl name
1885 346 346 0 #87 girl name
1886 369 369 0 #93 girl name
1887 335 335 0 #99 girl name
1888 457 457 0 #90 girl name
1889 429 429 0 #93 girl name
1890 509 509 0 #87 girl name
1891 444 444 0 #96 girl name
1892 518 518 0 #94 girl name
1893 506 506 0 #95 girl name
1894 551 551 0 #93 girl name
1895 605 605 0 #89 girl name
1896 532 527 5 #98 girl name
1897 619 619 0 #89 girl name
1898 628 628 0 #94 girl name
1899 569 569 0 #96 girl name
1900 626 626 0
1901 537 537 0 #99 girl name
1902 606 606 0 #97 girl name
1903 558 558 0
1904 599 599 0
1905 683 683 0 #100 girl name
1906 619 619 0
1907 714 714 0 #100 girl name
1908 732 732 0
1909 749 749 0
1910 785 785 0
1911 909 909 0
1912 1,153 1,147 6
1913 1,387 1,387 0 #99 girl name
1914 1,650 1,650 0 #98 girl name
1915 2,091 2,091 0 #99 girl name
1916 2,218 2,213 5 #100 girl name
1917 2,220 2,220 0
1918 2,361 2,361 0
1919 2,313 2,307 6
1920 2,175 2,168 7
1921 2,190 2,184 6
1922 2,146 2,146 0
1923 2,061 2,056 5
1924 2,051 2,044 7
1925 1,771 1,766 5
1926 1,735 1,729 6
1927 1,667 1,656 11
1928 1,559 1,559 0
1929 1,451 1,445 6
1930 1,354 1,344 10
1931 1,196 1,188 8
1932 1,154 1,146 8
1933 1,062 1,062 0
1934 1,068 1,068 0
1935 1,094 1,094 0
1936 1,130 1,123 7
1937 1,298 1,293 5
1938 1,315 1,308 7
1939 1,300 1,292 8
1940 1,274 1,269 5
1941 1,377 1,368 9
1942 1,426 1,419 7
1943 1,336 1,336 0
1944 1,251 1,251 0
1945 1,141 1,134 7
1946 1,384 1,379 5
1947 1,468 1,468 0
1948 1,391 1,391 0
1949 1,393 1,393 0
1950 1,324 1,317 7
1951 1,287 1,287 0
1952 1,392 1,392 0
1953 1,325 1,325 0
1954 1,340 1,340 0
1955 1,305 1,305 0
1956 1,290 1,283 7
1957 1,205 1,205 0
1958 1,174 1,174 0
1959 1,213 1,213 0
1960 1,223 1,223 0
1961 1,149 1,149 0
1962 1,077 1,077 0
1963 1,108 1,108 0
1964 1,130 1,130 0
1965 1,287 1,287 0
1966 1,250 1,250 0
1967 1,211 1,206 5
1968 1,326 1,326 0
1969 1,577 1,577 0
1970 1,937 1,931 6
1971 1,868 1,868 0
1972 2,343 2,333 10
1973 3,041 3,028 13 #99 girl name
1974 4,348 4,329 19 #69 girl name
1975 5,497 5,481 16 #48 girl name
1976 5,567 5,547 20 #50 girl name
1977 6,896 6,879 17 #37 girl name
1978 7,500 7,479 21 #33 girl name
1979 8,000 7,973 27 #34 girl name
1980 9,040 9,007 33 #31 girl name
1981 10,849 10,801 48 #29 girl name
1982 12,573 12,518 55 #24 girl name
1983 12,421 12,377 44 #25 girl name
1984 12,835 12,782 53 #24 girl name
1985 13,182 13,135 47 #24 girl name
1986 13,291 13,234 57 #24 girl name
1987 14,762 14,711 51 #19 girl name
1988 15,927 15,870 57 #18 girl name
1989 17,401 17,319 82 #13 girl name
1990 19,416 19,363 53 #12 girl name
1991 20,342 20,308 34 #10 girl name
1992 21,862 21,831 31 #7 girl name
1993 23,636 23,593 43 #5 girl name
1994 24,180 24,149 31 #3 girl name
1995 24,420 24,380 40 #3 girl name
1996 25,185 25,151 34 #1 girl name
1997 25,767 25,732 35 #1 girl name
1998 26,219 26,181 38 #1 girl name
1999 26,584 26,539 45 #1 girl name
2000 25,983 25,953 30 #1 girl name
2001 25,087 25,055 32 #1 girl name
2002 24,497 24,463 34 #1 girl name
2003 25,729 25,688 41 #1 girl name
2004 25,152 25,033 119 #1 girl name
2005 23,970 23,937 33 #1 girl name
2006 21,431 21,400 31 #1 girl name
2007 19,382 19,355 27 #1 girl name
2008 17,455 17,429 26 #3 girl name
2009 15,364 15,345 19 #6 girl name
2010 14,288 14,268 20 #6 girl name
2011 14,262 14,251 11 #6 girl name
2012 13,667 13,646 21 #6 girl name
2013 13,144 13,124 20 #7 girl name
2014 12,653 12,642 11 #7 girl name
2015 11,797 11,780 17 #8 girl name
2016 10,964 10,957 7 #9 girl name
2017 9,751 9,746 5 #12 girl name

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Popularity of Emily as a first name

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Popularity of Emily as a last name

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Common last names for Emily

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Nelson
  • Jackson

Common first names for Emily

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Emily U.S.
  White 87.60% 64.26%
  African American 3.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Emily

People with the last name Emily are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Emily

  • What name lists does Emily rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Emily? Emily is the 56th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Emily was the 12th most popular name. As a last name Emily was the 26,727th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Emily have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 843,235 babies born with the first name Emily in the United States. That's more than enough people named Emily to occupy the country of Cyprus with an estimated population of 838,897 (as of October 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Emily? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 210 new born babies.
  • When was Emily first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Emily is Wednesday, August 8th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Emily born? The highest recorded use of the first name Emily was in 1999 with a total of 26,539 babies. That's a lot of babies named Emily!
  • Random Emily Factoid: According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Emily ranks 26th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 224 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1986.
  • Weird things about the name Emily: Your name in reverse order is Ylime. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Meyli. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Emily? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 911 people with the last name Emily.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Emily? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Emily as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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