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The first name 

Amelia is a first name typically given to girls, but in rare cases also used as a boys name.

Amelia is a very popular name!

In the US, Amelia is one of the most popular names ever. In the SmartGenius ranking recently, it has regularly been among the top 10 most common girls names and is currently in place 10. In fact, one out auf 300 girls under the age of 10 is named Amelia. In the entire USA, approximately 217,108 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Amelia. That is 0.06 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Amelia mean?

Amelia is a first name that has Latin roots and comes from the word ‘amal’, which means ‘work’ in the sense of industriousness and fertility. Germanic and Gothic roots are also assumed.

Did you know… that modified versions of the name Amelia are used for centuries ─ these include the diminutive forms Amy, Emma and Emily.

A lot of famous people are also called Amelia

A componist and actress

Amelia Warner (*1982)
The former actress is now focusing more on her musical career. She published some pieces under the name 'Slow Moving Millie' and composed, the soundtracks for the films 'Mary Shelly' and 'Wild Mountain Thyme'.

A fictional character

Amelia 'Mia' Thermopolis
She is a fictional and main character in 'The Princess Diaries' book series by Meg Cabott, but is generally called 'Mia' for the most part.

Another fictional character

Amelia Frances Shepherd, MD
In the hit series Grey's Anatomy, Amelia Shepherd is the sister-in-law of the main character Meredith Grey. In the seventh and eighth seasons, she appeared as a special guest in a few episodes, but as of season 11, actress Caterina Scorsone takes over one of the main roles as Amelia Shepherd.

A novelist

Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr (1831 - 1919)
The British novelist and teacher wrote mainly works whose plots were set in England and Scotland and were inspired by her childhood memories.

A professional footballer

Marco Amelia (*1982)
Marco Amelia is an Italian soccer player who played in the position of goalkeeper. He was part of the squad of the Italian national team that won the title at the 2006 World Cup.

An aviation pioneer and writer

Amelia Mary Earhart (1897 - 1937/1939)
The U.S. aviation pioneer and women's rights activist was the first female aviator to cross the Atlantic in solo flight and set many other records. She disappeared in the Pacific Ocean in 1937 and was declared dead in 1939.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Amelia, you might first think of a woman or a girl. But did you know that there are also places with the name Amelia? Are you also called Amelia? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...


is the name of a town and comune in Umbria, Italy and was built around an ancient hill fort of the Romans.

Several ships...

of the Royal Navy were named HMS Amelia.

A cove

You will find the Amelia Cove, a hamlet in St. Barbe District, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

A ship...

named Amelia disappeared in 1816 after leaving Sydney for China.

Many places...

in the United states bear the name Amelia, like towns, villages and islands.

Amelia -
the USA would not be the same without her

The name Amelia is as much a part of the DNA of the USA as the Constitution, the Capitol and the Superbowl: Amelia is one of the few girls names that have been given in the USA every year since the beginning of the name statistics, and thus since 1880. Of course, Amelia hasn't been equally popular in all 142 years - but it's just recently become especially popular. In 2021 it was even ranked number 4 in our SmartGenius name statistics, making it one of the most popular girls names in the entire United States.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Amelia was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Amelia - in 2021 on rank 4 in the SmartGenius name statistics

In 2021 the name Amelia was given a total of 12,960 times in the USA, ranking #4 on the list of the most popular girls names. It was least common in 1968 - back then only 390 expectant parents gave their child the name Amelia, ranking it #473 of all female names in our SmartGenius statistics, so there were 472 other girl names given more often in 1968.

Amelia has 6 letters 
and begins with an A

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter A is the most popular first letter for girls’ names. 11.8% of all common girls’ names in the US start with this letter. The second most common first letter in girls' names is S.

With six letters, the name Amelia is of average length. In fact, 28% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly six letters. 24% of all first names are shorter, while 48% have seven letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that if 11.8% of all girls' names start with an A, this initial letter occurs over three times as often as all other letters on average. And, by the way, of all the girls' names that begin with the letter A, the name Ashley is the most common.

Other names with 
A, m, e, l, i and a

If you take all the letters in the name Amelia – A, m, e, l, i and a – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Ameila or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Amelia

If your name is Amelia and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Amelia

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Amelia, you can simply say:







This is how the name Amelia is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Amelia in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Amelia

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Amelia is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Amelia

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Amelia sounds like this: