Emily \e-mi-ly\ as a girl's name is pronounced EM-i-ee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Emily is "rival; laborious; eager". From the Latin name Aemilia, feminine form of the old Roman surname Aemilius. Of a different root from Amelia. 19th-century novelist and poet Emily Bront?poet Emily Dickinson; ettiquette and debutante Emily Post; actress Emily Watson.
Emily has 74 variant forms: Aemiley, Aemilia, Aemilie, Aimil, Amalea, Amalia, Amalie, Amelia, Amelie, Ameline, Amelita, Amy, Eimile, Em, Emalee, Emali, Emalia, Emaline, Emelda, Emelea, Emelia, Emely, Emeli, Emelia, Emelie, Emelina, Emeline, Emelita, Emelly, Emely, Emelyn, Emelyne, Emera, Emila, Emilea, Emilee, Emiley, Emili, Emilia, Emilie, Emiline, Emilla, Emille, Emillea, Emilley, Emillie, Emilly, Emlyn, Emlynn, Emlynne, Emmalee, Emmaleigh, Emmalie, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emmalynne, Emmelee, Emmelie, Emmely, Emmelyne, Emmey, Emmi, Emmie, Emmilee, Emmilie, Emmily, Emmlee, Emmy, Emmye, Emyle, Emylee, Milka and Milly.
For more information, see also the related name Emmeline.