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Quick Facts on Amelia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, German, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 17
Simple meaning:
To work, industrious, laborious

Characteristics of Amelia

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Amelia

Amelia is the Latinized form of the ancient Old High German female name Amalia, from the Germanic element “amal” meaning “to work” (Old Norse “ama” “to trouble”). People often confuse Amelia with Aemilius, an Old Roman family name of Latin origin (meaning “rival”), but this is incorrect. Aemilius gave us Emily, while Amelia had more “laborious” origins. Some say that the name was actually coined by the English author Henry Fielding for the title character in his 18th century novel, “Amelia,” but it appears that similar forms of the name were already in existence in the prior century (see literary references below). The name Amelia is quite popular throughout English-speaking countries right now. It’s actually the #1 baby girl’s name in England (2011). Amelia is ranked on the Top 10 lists in Australia, Scotland and Poland, and a Top 25 in Canada and the United States. The name also does quite well in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The French form of the name, Amélie, is also ranked in the Top 100 in England, Scotland and Australia, but ironically, it’s not ranked as high in France.

Popularity of the Name Amelia

For a name that’s been around as long as Amelia on the U.S. popularity charts, it’s surprising to see her first enter the Top 100 list so very recently in 2004. Old Amelia is following the same revival trend as other pretty, classical names loaded with antique-charm (Emma, Olivia, Chloe). The name has been rising on the charts since the turn of the 21st century, so clearly Amelia is on the American radar right now. The name brings a taste of erudite England over to this side of the pond, but it has also gained in usage within every other English-speaking country, particularly Australia. The French form, Amélie, is also on the U.S. list of girls’ names, but American parents are ten times more likely to bestow the English form on their daughters. Amelia is also quite flexible in terms of pet forms which probably add to the name’s attraction. Such diminutives of the name would include Amy, Lia, Mia, Minnie, Millie and Mel. So many choices! A delightful name with a good little work-ethic.
Popularity of the Girl Name Amelia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Amelia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Amelia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Amelia

    Amelia Bones (Harry Potter Series) Amelia Bones is an accomplished witch and a fair judge in the popular series by J. K. Rowling. in her role as Head of the Department of Magical Law, she presides over Harry Potter’s disciplinary hearing and is instrumental in his being cleared of all charges. She is described as “one of the greatest witches” of all time. A serious person, most of whose family members have been killed by various enemies, she herself comes to her end at the hands of the evil Lord Valdemort, but not, it is said, without putting up a heroic fight for her life.

    Amelia Booth (Amelia) Amelia Booth is Is the virtuous title heroine of Henry Fielding’s "Amelia," published in 1751, the fourth and final of Fielding’s novels at the dawn of this literary form. Lacking the ribald humor of Tom Jones or the satiric wit of Shamela, this novel is more a commentary on the social mores of the day set against a domestic background. Surely Amelia must be one of the most put-upon characters in English literature. Married against her mother’s wishes to the handsome but imprudent Captain Booth, Amelia endures the consequences of his gambling, infidelity and imprisonment. For this last, she must put up her fortune to free him and guide him toward a quiet and happy retirement in the countryside. The Academy Award for Long-Suffering Wife she should get.

    Amelia Sedley (Vanity Fair) Amelia Sedley is the heroine of William Makepeace Thackeray’s "Vanity Fair" (although it is the more memorable Becky Sharp who immediately comes to mind). Published in 1847/8, this is a sweeping satirical novel set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Amelia herself is kind and good hearted, if somewhat vapid, and fixes upon the shallow, opportunistic George Osbourne as her love, while she is loved, in vain, by the good William Dobbin. Amelia’s family loses their fortune through mismanagement, and the couple is married against the wishes of his father, who disinherits George. George dies in battle, Amelia bears his son and lives in genteel poverty until she finally succumbs to the proposal of the ever-faithful, if somewhat weary-of-the-game Dobbin. All this while Becky Sharp flirts, fancies, and funs away the days, and really doesn’t pay much of a price for it all.

    Amelia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries) Born Amelia, Mia Thermopolis or Princess Mia (Princess of Genovia) is the main character in Meg Cabot’s notable series of novels “The Princess Diaries” first published in 2000. Offbeat Mia will automatically win the heart of every teenage girl who's ever just wanted to fit in with as little fuss as possible. Meg Cabot's writing is silly and entertaining; with tons of pop culture references that will make teens feel right at home within her pages. This is a wonderfully wacky read about an endearing female character coming-of-age.

  • Popular Songs on Amelia

    Popular Songs on Amelia

    Amelia - is an opera composed by Daron Hagen

    Amelia - a song by Joni Mitchell

    Amelia - is a song by the Insomniacs

    Amelia - a song by the Cocteau Twins

    Amelia - is a spanish song by Carlos Ponce

    O Inferno! Amelia qui! - opera piece by Giuseppe Verdi

    Young Amelia - a song by Hans York

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Amelia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Amelia

    Amelia Bedelia (Peggy Parish) - “Amelia Bedelia” is a delightful series of popular children's books about the title character. Amelia is a literal-minded housekeeper who causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of various instructions. Her repeated misunderstandings bring a lot of comic effect. In the end, she manages to win everyone over by baking a delicious desert. There are several fun books in this series, and also by the author’s nephew, Herman Parish. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Amelia Rules! (Jimmy Gownley) - Amelia Rules! Is a series of children's graphic novels similar to comic books. The books follow the life of Amelia Louise McBride as she adjusts to life in a new town after her parents' divorce causes her to leave life in Manhattan. She is helped along the way by an odd group of friends and her ever-cool Aunt Tanner Clark. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Amelia's Notebook (Marissa Moss) - Amelia's notebooks are a series of children's books by Marissa Moss. The title character keeps a record of her life, thoughts, and memories in notebooks. They are profusely illustrated and designed to resemble actual journals. Amelia is a character that many young people identify with. She has problems that many kids face like gossip, moving or crushes. Amelia has also written guides such as Dr. Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide, Amelia's Guide to Gossip, Amelia's Bully Survival Guide, Amelia's Easy-as-Pie Drawing Guide, a step-by-step guide on how to draw like Amelia, and My Notebook (With Help from Amelia), an Amelia-style notebook for you to use. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Who Was Amelia Earhart? (Kate Boehm Jerome) - Amelia Earhart was a woman of many "firsts." In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1935, she also became the first woman to fly across the Pacific. From her early years to her mysterious 1937 disappearance while attempting a flight around the world, readers will find Amelia Earhart's life a fascinating story. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Amelia

    Famous People Named Amelia

    Famous People Named Amelia - Amelia Earhart (aviator); Minnie Driver (born Amelia Fiona Driver, actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Amelia

    Children of Famous People Named Amelia

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Amelia - Harry Hamlin (actor); Lisa Rinna (actress); Paul Anka (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Amelia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Amelia Earhart (24 Jul 1897 – 2 Jul 1937) - Amelia Earhart is a true inspiration to women. She was a celebrated pioneer of American aviation, and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (for which she won the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross). A true feminist, Amelia was also an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, and she helped form the International Organization of Female Pilots, known as The Ninety Nines. During her attempt at circumnavigating the globe by plane, Earhart mysteriously disappeared on July 2, 1937 over the vast central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Not surprisingly, a fascination with Amelia Earhart continues to this day. She moved the minds and the hearts of the American public.

Personality of the Girl Name Amelia

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Amelia

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