Emmy

August 1, 2014 § 2 Comments

ORIGIN:
Diminutive of “Amelia“, “Emma“, “Emilia”, “Emily“, etc.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Amy, Amie, Em, Emmie, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Family nickname for Amelia Sedley, the naive and gentle heroine of Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).

QUOTATIONS:
– From the poem “Emmy” by Arthur Symons (from an 1892 collection of poetry): “Emmy’s laughter rings in my ears, as bright / Fresh and sweet as the voice of a mountain brook”
– The same Arthur Symons, in the same poetry collection, includes “Emmy at the Eldorado“: “Child, child, what will you do, / Emmy, now love has come to you?”

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