Behind The Name: Emily – The Most Popular Girl Name In Ireland
Emily is one of the most popular girl names in Ireland. But what makes it so appealing? Let’s go behind the name.
In 2018, the CSO declared Emily as THE number one most popular girl names in the country. That year, 460 baby girls were registered with the name.
It entered the top ten table in 2007, and has been on the rise ever since. In 2010, it rose to number two, right behind extremely popular name Sophie, but since 2011 it has consistently held the number one spot.
It’s not just a beloved name in Ireland – it’s highly popular throughout the English-speaking world.
From 1998 – 2008, it was the most common name given to girls in the United States, and it still appears yearly in the top ten.
But why is it so appealing? Is it because of all the impressive Emilys that have been and gone? There are admittedly, so many role models:
- Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848) – author
- Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) – poet
- Emily Pankhurst (1858 – 1928) – activist
- Emily Mortimner ( born 1971) – actress
- Emily Blunt (born 1983) – actress
One appealing aspect of the name is that it’s phonetically easy to work out and say and that most people won’t have too much trouble pronouncing it, at least in the Western World.
It has a very pleasing sound also, sweet and light while also being strong, thanks to its ancient history and therefore its gravitas.
The name Emily goes a long way back!
It comes from the Latin name Aemilia, the feminine form of Aemilius, which was the family name of one of the most prominent families of Ancient Rome.
It’s likely derived from the Latin aemulus meaning “rival”, or “trying to excel”.
An alternative ‘Irish’ spelling of the name could be: Eimíle (say Em-ee-leh).
Other versions are:
- Amelie (Scandinavian, German)
- Amélie (French)
- Emilia (Italian)
A boy version is Emil, which is often shortened to Mille in Scandinavian countries.
Mille or Milly can also be very lovely diminutives of Emily!
Do you like the name? Or is it too popular? Despite its popularity, is it too nice a name to ignore?