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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Amelia

Did you know that Amelia is the English derivative of the German name Amalia? The German root word ‘amal’ means work, which may refer to being dynamic and fertile. The term also attributes its popularity to the Saint Amalberga of Maubeuge from Belgium. As a Merovingian nun, she was a mother to five Saints and lived during the 7th century. Owing to its popularity, it has many variations in different languages. It became popular during the reign of King George II and George III, who named their daughters after it.

Amelia is a trendy name preferred by many parents. It sounds unique compared to similar titles like Emily, Emma, or Amy. There are many variations of the word, such as Amalia in Spanish and Italian, Amalija in Croatian, Amaliya in Russian, and Amelina in Germanic. Mel, Milly, Amy, and Emma are some of its diminutives.

In fiction, Amelia was the titular protagonist of the sentimental novel by Henry Fielding,  released in 1751. The titular character of the picture book series written by Peggy Parish is Amelia Bedelia, someone who takes everything literally. The book series has inspired many plays and a feature film was also in the pipeline but did not materialize.

Amelia Bones is one of the characters in the Harry Potter series. The only female vampire elder in the Underworld film series is called Amelia. Amelia Voght is a fictional character in Marvel Comics as a mutant in the X-Men franchise. Another fictional character carrying the name is Amelia Sedley, a character in the famous novel Vanity Fair by William Thackeray. In the science-fiction epic Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan in 2014, Dr. Amelia Brand is an astronaut and NASA scientist known for having high knowledge and intellect. Anne Hathaway plays the character in the movie.


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Hardworking and industrious
Germanic, Latin
1 word, 6 letters, 4 vowels, 2 consonants
Medium length and moderately easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Amelia?

Pronounced as ah-mee-lee-ah

The way you pronounce a name can make all the difference.

Listen to the sound of the name Amelia in German.

Listen to the sound of the name Amelia in English.

Famous People With The Name Amelia

  • Amelia BloomerAmerican news editor and the first woman to own and edit newspaper
  • Amelia EarhartAmerican aviator/writer and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
  • Amelia Boynton RobinsonAmerican Civil Rights activist and a key figure in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches
  • Amelia Vega PolancoDominican model, actress and winner of the Miss Universe in 2003
  • Amelia LilyEnglish singer/TV personality known for her performance in the The X Factor
  • Amelia Fiona Jessica DriverEnglish actress who is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee
  • Amelie HeinleAmerican actress known for her role in the TV series The Young And The Restless

Amelia On The Popularity Chart

Showing a steep rise since the 1980s, Amelia has reached new heights in popularity in recent years. Let us read further to study its popularity through different years as given in the chart.

Popularity Over Time

Amelia has always been a popular name to begin with. However, after the 2000s, it became one of the most preferred names reaching its peak in 2021 when an average of 12952 babies per million was given this moniker.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name has hovered consistently around the top 300 since the 1980s. However, it had a massive surge in rankings from the early 2000s. As of 2021, it holds the 4th rank in the list of popular names.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Amelia

There are many iterations of the name Amelia. Take a look at some that we have curated for you below.

Popular Sibling Names For Amelia

If you are looking for some matching sibling names that resonate with Amelia, check our suggestions here.

Boy Sibling Names For Amelia

Find matching brother names for Amelia and create a wonderful team of siblings.

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Girl Sibling Names For Amelia

Looking for some suitable sister names for Amelia? Check out our collection of beautiful and unique names.

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Other Popular Names Beginning With A

Looking for more baby names starting with the letter A to resonate with your family’s naming tradition or to rhyme with the sibling names? Find a range of alternative names starting with this letter.

Names With Similar Meaning As Amelia

If you do not prefer the name Amelia, you can consider the following suggestions with similar meanings.

Popular Songs On The Name Amelia

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does Amelia mean in the Bible?

melia finds no mention in the Bible. It is of German origin. However, it is a derivative of Amalia, a name of Hebrew origin that means ‘work of God.’

2. Is Amelia an old-fashioned name?

Amelia has been used for centuries and can be considered a vintage or old-fashioned name. However, it still has a timeless appeal and is the 4th most popular name for girls in the US as of 2021 and 2022 (1).

3. What is the boy version of Amelia?

Amelia is a feminine name with no masculine variations. But if you are fascinated by the sound of Amelia, you may go for names like Emil or Emery for boys as they have a related ring.

4. What is the personality type for the name Amelia?

A name doesn’t define an individual’s personality. The behavior of a person depends on several factors. Nonetheless, as Amelia means ‘work,’ it can be connected to attributes such as hard work, power, and vision.

5. Is Millie a short name for Amelia?

Yes, Millie is a shortened form of Amelia. Several other short and cute nicknames are associated with Amelia, such as Amy, Lia, Milly, Ames, Mel, Mia, and Emma. If you are looking for a diminutive of Amelia, you can choose any of these for your child.


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