If your name is Emily, you are likely a very independent and positive person. You are assertive and never afraid to lift your voice and make your opinion heard. You are the one that come up with creative and innovative ideas, and you are very strong about making sure that others don’t interfere with your carrying them out. You don’t like anyone to tell you that it can’t be done, and you might not take too kindly to someone standing in your way as you work towards one of your visions. As a result, you say what you think and feel even when it might lead to confrontation. You are definitely willing to take the risks necessary to bring your ideas to reality.
The oldest version of the name Emily is actually the Roman family name of Aemilius. This family name originated with the Latin word “aemulus”, which meant “rival.” The name next evolved into Emilie during the Middle Ages, but it really became more widely used in Europe in the 18th century. The name finally evolved in the British Empire into “Emily” as a name for girls.
While it’s always been fairly popular in the U.S., “Emily” really hit its peak popularity in the 1990s. It was actually the most popular name for girls born in the U.S. for 12 years in a row! Evoking images of literary giants Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson, Emily does have an old-fashioned feel to it. But its recent popularity have made it undoubtedly modern! Common “pet name” forms of Emily include Emmy and Emma.
Definitely the most famous Emilys that come to mind are both literary giants: Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson. One of the literary Bronte sisters, Emily Bronte is best known for authoring Wuthering Heights, though at the time it was published (in 1847), there were very few women authors. So it was originally published under the name of “Ellis Bell.” Emily Dickinson is one of America’s best-loved poets, who wrote over 800 poems during her life in the Nineteenth century.
Other famous Emilys include Emily Post (practically synonymous with expertise on etiquette) and Emily Blunt (the English actress best known for her role as Miranda’s first assistant Emily in “The Devil Wear Prada.”