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Updated April 16, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

What does Amelia mean and stand for?


  • German: Work
  • English: Industrious and striving

Gender: Female

Syllables: 3

Pronunciation: The name Amelia is pronounced uh-mee-lee-uh

Amelia is a variant of Amalia, which is derived from the Germanic word "amal" meaning 'work', and connoting industriousness and fertility.

How Popular Is The Name Amelia

Famous people who gave their babies this name

Amelia in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share the first name Amelia?

  • Amelia "Amy" Pond from Doctor Who - A spirited companion of the Doctor, known for her fiery red hair and fierce loyalty.
  • Amelia Bedelia from Amelia Bedelia book series - A literal-minded housekeeper whose misinterpretations lead to humorous situations.
  • Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun from Slayers - A justice-loving princess with powerful magic skills in a fantasy world.
  • Amelia Peabody from The Amelia Peabody Series - A fearless and clever Egyptologist solving mysteries in the early 20th century.
  • Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries - A shy teenager who discovers she is the princess of a small European country.

Popularity of the Name Amelia

According to Social Security Administration data, the name Amelia has seen a significant rise in popularity, currently being one of the top names in the United States. It has consistently climbed the rankings over the past few years, reflecting its increasing choice among new parents. 

Historically, Amelia Earhart, the pioneering female aviator who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most iconic figures bearing the name. In literature and media, Amelia is a name that has been featured in several works, including the strong-willed Amelia Bedelia character from the beloved children's book series by Peggy Parish, and Amelia Bones in the Harry Potter series, showcasing the name's versatile appeal across different genres and audiences.

Where Is the Name Amelia Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Amelia

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Amy
  • Ames
  • Lia
  • Mel
  • Mia
  • Millie

Amelia Pairs Well With These Middle Names

Looking for a middle name that fits perfectly? Consider these!

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