Alternate spellings: Emilee, Emmalie, Emely, Emilie, Emmalee
Emily is a name to be reckoned with. From a Latin word meaning “rival,” Emily bested its competition and reigned supreme at #1 from 1996 to 2007 (a long haul for the #1 slot). Emily was finally dethroned in 2008 by her own archrival (and similar-sounding sister), Emma. But with so many appealing Emilies representing the name – from Dickenson to Deschanel, with some “Auntie Em!” thrown in for good measure – this fave isn’t going anywhere.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008