Amelia (given name)

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Pronunciation /əˈmljə/ ə-MEEL-yə
Gender Female
Word/name German with French & Italian roots
Meaning "work", "industrious", "fertile"
Other names
Nickname(s) Amy, Mel, Lia, Millie, Emma Mia Melia
See also Amalia, Amalka, Amelie, Amélie, Emilia, Emily, Amy, Lia, Emma

Amelia is a female given name. It is a variant of Amalia, derived from the Germanic word amal meaning 'work', 'industrious' and 'fertile'. The variant form Amelie is derived from the French equivalent, Amélie. Diminutive forms include Amy, Emma, Milly and Mel.

Etymologists believe that the name Amelia/Amalia is unrelated to the Latin gens name Aemilia, which was translated into English as Emily. Equivalents of Aemilia/Emily in romance languages do sound similar to Amelia (e.g. Italian Emilia) but have a different origin from this Germanic name.


In 2013 it was the eighth most popular name for girls in Australia.[1]

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  1. ^ "Australia’s 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-10.