Best Nicknames for Emily

Updated on December 23, 2017

One of the biggest things to consider when you find out that you’re expecting a girl is a good name for her! When it comes to finding that perfect name, there’s so much to be considered: meaning, current popularity, ease of pronunciation, family names, and last but not least, nicknames!

Nicknames in particular are a big thing to think about because often times, we end up calling our children by names other than their legal name. Though there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s good to know what other name-calling options are available for each particular name. In this case, we are going to explore a few nicknames for Emily!

Nicknames for Emily

Nicknames are a good thing to consider when naming any child as you want to know what other variations of the name are available! Let’s not forget to mention the negative aspect of nicknames: Bullies. Most kids will face some kind of bullying at some point in grade school, and having a name that isn’t easy to pick on and rhyme with negative words is a definite plus!

Here are few sample nicknames for Emily, everything from cute, short alternatives, to a few fun ones to mix it up. :)

Lee Lee
Em Em

Emily Meaning and Origin

Before we get into the actual nicknames for Emily, let’s first take a look into the history and meaning, and learn about where the name came to be!

Emily is a name of Latin origin, derived from the name “Emil.” Although the name sounds pretty and feminine, the meaning is anything but pretty, ultimately meaning “Rival.” The name became popular back in the 18th century when Princess Amelia Sophia was known, and the name was known in English as Emily, although very different from Amelia as we know it today.

Even though the name might not have a girly meaning, it definitely has a feminine ring to it and is a name choice that you cannot go wrong with, no matter what generation the name is for!

Emily Popularity

Now it should come as no surprise that this name is very popular and has been for quite some time! Currently, this name ranks high in many country for female names, and sits at number one in Scotland and Ireland! Ranking number one in the United States, according to the Social Security Administration, is Emma, which is one of the variations of the name Emily.

The actual name Emily currently holds the slot at the 7th most popular female name in the United States. The popularity of the name exploded in the early ‘90’s, then it became the number one female name in the United States for 12 consecutive years, from 1996-2007! Although slowly easing off of it’s popularity and being replaced by other variations of the name, it still remains a very popular choice!

Famous People Named Emily

Since the name is such a common and beautiful name, it should come as no surprise that there’s so many famous people named Emily! Dating back pretty far, here’s a list of famous people named Emily and what they are known for:

  • Emily Bronte: Novelist. Most famous for her novel Wuthering Heights, and often wrote under the name of “Ellis Bell.”
  • Emily Deschanel: Actress. Temperance Brennan on the TV show “Bones”.
  • Emily Dickinson: Famous American poet. Being alive for a short 55 years, she wrote close to 1800 poems!
  • Emily Rose:TV Actress. Most famous for her role in Haven from Syfy channel. Also played parts in John from Cincinnati and ER.
  • Emily “Emma” Stone: American actress and journalist. Became famous after her role in the movie Superbad, and also became a model for Covergirl.
  • Emily Watson: Movie Actor. Played a role in an indie film called “Breaking the Waves” and another role in a movie from 2011 called “War Horse.”
  • Emily West: Country Singer. She was recently on America’s Got Talent, where she made it to the finals and lost. Also had a hit single in 2008 called “Rocks in Your Shoes.”

There’s a whole long list of Emily's in the entertainment industry, as I’m sure would hold true in any kind of industry outside of searching for only famous people who possess the name. Regardless of how common of a name it is, it’s just one of those names where you really can’t go wrong. It’s beauty will hold for a lifetime!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      7 weeks ago

      My hubby calls me Milly,boss calls me E,friends Emie,Uncle calls me Ems

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      Emily Smith 

      2 months ago

      My bff calls me Emmy,em,emi wemmy

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      3 months ago

      My nickname is yiyi

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      3 months ago

      it says em a million timesa

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      Emily m 

      3 months ago

      I go by emmy or em and lizzy

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      Emily minaert 

      5 months ago

      lol i go bye emmie

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      6 months ago

      My name is Emily and my cousin calls me emzy it is so annoying

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      7 months ago

      My sister’s name is Emily and goes by Em.

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      Emily Vasquez Perla 

      8 months ago

      My name is Emily and my BFF calls my emmy and so that is what I am known or also I could be known as me me LOL

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      Emily Bridgeman 

      16 months ago

      wow i did not expect my name to be that popular and i also know 3 emmas and my BFF calls me Emmy so yeah............

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      Emily Howland 

      18 months ago

      I was amazed to see that my name is so popular in Scotland and Ireland. There are about 6 or 7 Emily’s in my school


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