Emily

August 1, 2014 § 15 Comments

ORIGIN:
English feminine version of “Emil”, from “Aemilius”, a Latinate family name meaning “rival”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Em, Emma, Emmalee, Emelina, Emeline, Emilia, Emilie, Emiline, Emmaline, Emmeline, Emmie, Emmy, Millie, Milly, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Lady Emily Hornblower, née Sheepshanks, Lady Jane’s sister, who “wrote those sweet tracts, ‘The Sailor’s True Binnacle’, and ‘The Applewoman of Finchley Common'”, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Emily Spenser, the invalid girl who learns to appreciate nature in “Mountain-Laurel and Maiden-Hair”, from A Garland for Girls, by Louisa May Alcott, 1887.

WRITERS:
Emily Brontë (1814-1848), English novelist and poet.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), reclusive American poet.
Emily Frasier (b. 1965), pen name of American author Laura Albert, who also published under the pen names “Gluttenberg”, “JT LeRoy”, “Laura Victoria”, and “Speedy”.

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