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Quick Facts on Emilie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French, German, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 561
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Emilie

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Emilie

Emilie is the German and Scandinavian form of Emily. This is also the version of Emily the French use but with an accent over the first “E” as in Émilie (in France the name is pronounced “ay-mee-LEE”). Emily and Emilie developed during the Middle Ages from the Latin name female Aemilia which itself is an off-shoot of the Old Roman family name Aemilius (from the Latin “aemulus” meaning “rival”). In fact, the Aemilius family name is believed to date back to the 7th century B.C. even before the formation of the Roman Republic! Like the gens (family) Fabia, Claudia and Valeria, the gens Aemilia was not only patrician (i.e., noble, aristocratic), but they were among the most important and respected families of the upper classes. In other words, the Aemilii were hard to “rival”! Folk etymology holds that the first ancestor to the Aemilius family (Mamercus, son of the second King of Rome) received the name Aemilius as a result of the unrivaled persuasiveness of his speech. In any case, the female names Emily and Emilie comes from one of the oldest known family names in Western Civilization. Although Emilia, Emilie and Emily date back to medieval Europe, they were never particular favorites for girls (probably because there was no important saint associated with them). It really wasn’t until modern times when the Emily names finally enjoyed a significant revival in the 19th century. They remain hugely popular today in the 21st century throughout the Western World. Emily was the #1 most commonly used baby girl’s name in the U.S. from 1996 to 2007 (today she’s ranked #6). The French, German and Scandinavian form of Émilie/Emilie is not as common as Emily in America but it’s the 3rd most popular girl’s name in Norway and ranked very highly in the nations of Germany, Denmark, Belgium and France.

Popularity of the Name Emilie

Emilie dates back to the 19th century in America. Again, this version of the name is nowhere near as Emily but she has managed to maintain an impressive foothold on the U.S. charts for a long time. Most likely Emilie was brought to America by Scandinavian, German and French settlers. Emilie entered the 20th century somewhere in the middle of the charts – i.e., familiar but not super common. The name struggled to find a place on the charts in the first half of the 1900s but would finally give into failure in 1951 when the name disappeared from the Top 1000 list altogether. Emilie’s hiatus from regular usage would last for about 25 years (1975 marks her return to the charts). Obviously Emilie’s resurgence in the 1970s and improved usage in the 1990s and early 2000s had everything to do with the soaring popularity of Emily. Emilie represents a new and fresh way to spell this old 19th century damsel. It could be argued that Emilie is more Euro and Cosmo compared to the frumpy tea-and-biscuits Emily; and it’s definitely more sophisticated that the Americanized respellings of Emely, Emilee and Emmalee.
Popularity of the Girl Name Emilie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Emilie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Emilie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Emilie

    Emilie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Emilie.

  • Popular Songs on Emilie

    Popular Songs on Emilie

    Emilie - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Emilie.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Emilie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Emilie

    The Journey of Emilie: From Germany to America (Marcia Hoehne) - Based on true stories of immigrant families. Will Emilie ever see her brother again? "Nordamerika?" Twelve-year-old Emilie Borner jumped at her brother's shout. Karl leaped from his chair and towered over Pap. "You want to emigrate—auswandern? Well, I'm staying here!" The lure of "America letters" from New World settlers has reached the provinces of central Germany. August 1855 finds the Borners, a middle-class farm family struggling with crop failure, making plans to heed God's call leading them westward. Emilie is torn. America is just a dream to her, and she loves the rugged beauty of her native land. Besides, her best friend, Louise, must stay, while snoopy, snooty Rosamund Albrecht comes along! The Borners' journey from Germany to Wisconsin is filled with hardship and surprises. Hated by a fellow traveler, accused of theft aboard ship, and worried over the sadness of a little girl, Emilie finds that only faith and the help of new friends can carry her through. In the New World, the challenges only grow. Can the Borners meet their needs for shelter, clothing, and food for the winter? Can the heartbreaking split in their family be healed? And when Emilie and her younger brother are stranded in a blizzard, can they even survive? In The Journey of Emilie, Emilie Borner finds that God hears and answers our prayers—sometimes in unexpected ways. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Emilie

    Famous People Named Emilie

    Famous People Named Emilie - Emilie Högquist (Swedish actress); Emilie de Ravin (Australian actress); Emilie Schindler (humanitarian, wife of Oskar Schindler); Emilie Autumn (American musician); Émilie Simon (French singer/musician); Emilie da Fonseca (Norwegian opera singer); Émilie Dionne (one of the famous Dionne quintuplets); Émilie du Châtelet (early 18th century mathematician); Emilie Hammarskjöld (Swedish composer); Émilie Le Pennec (French gymnast/Olympian); Émilie Loit (French tennis player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Emilie

    Children of Famous People Named Emilie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Emilie - Antony Costa (English singer/songwriter); Rick Astley (English musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Emilie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Emilie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Emilie.

Personality of the Girl Name Emilie

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Emilie

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