Emilia (given name)

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Pronunciation /ɛˈmliə/
Gender Female
Word/name Italian
Meaning Rival
Other names
Related names Emily, Emilie, Emma, Em, Emmy.
See also Amelia, Amelie

Emilia is a feminine given name of Romanic origin.


Emilia is a feminine given name derived from the Roman feminine name Aemilia. The Latin name Aemilius/Aemilia in turn may derive from the same root as the Latin word aemulus, which means to rival, excel, or emulate,[1] but this may be a folk etymology.

The gens name Aemilia was translated into English as Emily.[citation needed]

Etymologists believe that although similar Germanic names like Amelia sound similar to the Italian Emilia or Aemilia/Emily, they have a different origin.


As of 2010, records indicate that more than 13,500 girls in the United States have been named Emilia since 1880, with numbers increasing markedly from the year 2000.[2]

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