Amelia Name Meaning

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What Does Amelia Mean?

Amelia is a vintage name with a modern edge that's grown increasingly popular in recent years.

The name Amelia is of Latin origin. The root of this name is Amal, which means "work." In this case, when translated, "work" refers to industriousness and fertility rather than labor.

Like Amelia, modified versions of this name have been commonly used for centuries. These diminutive forms include Amy, Emma, and Emily.

Amelia became quite popular in 18th century Europe when Kings George II and III named their daughters Amelia.

  • Origin: The name Amelia of Latin origin. Its Germanic root name, Amal, means "work."
  • Gender: Amelia is historically the feminine form of the name. Masculine variations like Emil, Emmett, and Emery are common.
  • Pronunciation: ə-MEE-lee-ə

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How Popular Is the Name Amelia?

Amelia is one of the trendiest girls' names of the decade. The name Amelia breathes new life into previously popular names like Amy and Emily, borrowing from their sounds while adding a contemporary flair with its modish -ia suffix.

Amelia was most popular in 2020 when it ranked #6 on the Social Security Administration's list of female names. In 2020, there were 12,704 babies born named Amelia.

Name Variations

Amelia is known by many variations across different cultures and languages. Some of these variations of this name include:

  • Amalia (Czech and Hungarian)
  • Delia (Greek)
  • Amalie (French)
  • Amelie (French and German)
  • Amélie (French)
  • Malsci (Hungarian)
  • Amelita (Italian)
  • Ama (Polish)
  • Melcia (Polish)
  • Milica (Slavic)
  • Nuela (Spanish)

Similar Names

Amelia is a chic, feminine name. If you appreciate the elegant sound of the name Amelia, you may also enjoy:

  • Adeline
  • Clara
  • Emma
  • Grace
  • Hazel
  • Juliet
  • Lucy
  • Madeleine
  • Nora
  • Violet

Other girls' names starting with A:

  • Aaliyah
  • Abigail/Abby
  • Acacia
  • Addison/Addie
  • Adriana
  • Alexis
  • Alice
  • Anna
  • Aria
  • Aspen
  • Audrey
  • Aurora
  • Ava
  • Avery

Common Nicknames

One of the greatest things about the name Amelia is its versatility. Amelia lends itself to several beautiful nicknames, and parents are sure to find one that suits their little one.

Common nicknames for Amelia include Amy, Ames, Lia, Mel, Mia, and Millie.

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Anthony
  • Graham
  • Henry
  • Lucas
  • Oliver
  • Noah
  • Sebastian
  • Chloe
  • Evelyn
  • Harper
  • Julia
  • Penelope
  • Sienna

Famous People Named Amelia

Amelia is an established name and, as such, has been a given name of baby girls for centuries. Its more recent surge in popularity has resulted in more fictional characters popping up with the name Amelia.

Famous Amelias:

  • Amelia Boynton Robinson, American activist
  • Amelia "Minnie" Driver, English actress
  • Amelia Earhart, American aviator
  • Amelia Lily, English singer
  • Amelia Vega, Dominican model

Fictional Amelias:

  • Amelia Bedelia, title character in the Peggy Parish books
  • Amelia Bones, of the "Harry Potter" series
  • Amelia "Amy" Pond, in "Dr. Who"
  • Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis, in "The Princess Diaries"
  • Amelia Voght, in "X-Men"

More Baby Names

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By Renee Plant
Renee Plant is a health and wellness freelance writer with a passion for delivering well-researched, factual content to readers.