Emily is an English name, which comes from the Latin name Aemilia. This name comes from a Roman family name, which probably stems from the word aemulus meaning "rival." It is often confused with the name Amalia, which has an altogether different root, from a germanic word meaning "work" (hence many name books listing it as meaning "industrious.")
See Also: Emilie, Emileigh, Emylee, Emilia, Amelia

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