Emilia – the ambitious »First names for girls» Vita 34
Emilia was developed as a Romanic first name from the Latin name Aemilia, which in turn expressed belonging to the Aemilians in the Roman Republic. The Aemilians were among the five leading patrician families who shaped society in ancient Rome. They were part of the upper class who determined political and social life in the republic. Thus they provided numerous senators, politicians, consuls and poets in the republic. The family name resulted from the Greek descent of Pythagoras’ son, Mamercus, who was called “Aemylos” because of his eloquence. In Greek, like the Latin adjective “aemulus”, this means “winning” and “rival”.
From this long historical origin of the word, the meaning of the eager and ambitious arises for the Romanic first name Emilia. After the Roman Empire collapsed, the Aemilians and thus the name Aemilia died out for the time being. It was not until the 18th century, when Jean-Jacques Rousseau published his educational work “Émile or About Education”, that the male version of Emil suddenly became a very popular first name. In all of Europe and also in Germany Emil and Emilia experienced a real revival. Lessing’s novel “Emilia Galotti” also contributed to this. To this day, Emilia is a very popular given name in Europe, especially in Finland and Austria. For a few years now, the name Emilia has been gaining popularity again in Germany. He has consistently been one of the top 10 girl names since 2014. Name day for Emilia is May 3rd.
Variations, nicknames and famous namesake women of Emilia
The first name Emilia can be found in various linguistic modifications and short forms. Variations are, for example, Amilia, Emiliana, Emilie, Ämilie or the British form Emily, which is very popular in Germany. Typical nicknames for Emilia are Emmi, Mia, Mimi, Milly, Mina, Mila or Milia. The first name Emilia is particularly popular in combination with another first name, such as Emilia-Clara or Emilia Sophie. Prominent namesake women for Emilia are the British actress Emilia Clarke, who embodies the role of Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones”. The German equivalent to this is the successful actress Emilia Schüle.
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