[ 2 syll. a-my, am-y ] The baby girl name Amy is pronounced EY-Miy- †. Amy's language of origin is Latin and it is predominantly used in English. Old forms of the name include Amata (Latin), Amee (Old French), and Amicia (Latin). The name is Anglicized from Amee, itelf originally a nickname of Amata. The latter could be from the Latin amatus and ultimately amare, or it could be from a distinct pre-Roman source. In Roman mythology, the name was borne by the wife of King Latinus; her daughter Lavinia later became the wife of Aeneas. The name was also borne by Saint Amata, a 13th-century saint of Bologna. The name was adopted by English speakers in the 16th century. It was often bestowed by parents in expression of their love for their babies. The name later saw a revival in the 19th century, which also saw the adoption of the French form Aimee by English speakers. In literature, the name is borne by the titular character Amy Dorrit in Charles Dickens' novel Little Dorrit (1855-1857) and by one of four sisters, Amy March, in Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women (1868,1869). Amy is the feminine form of the English Amyas.
The name Amy is widely used; it has 44 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of Amy include Aami, Aim, Aime, Aimee, Aimey, Aimi, Aimya, Amatah, Amatia, Ame, Amei, Amey, Ami, Amiah, Amice, Amicia, Amiee, Amii, Amiiee, Amio, Ammee, Ammie, Ammiee, Ammy, Amye, Amylyn, and Aymi. Other English forms include the spelling variants Aimie, Aimy, and Amie.
Forms used in foreign languages include Aimeé (French), Aimé (French), Aimée (French), Amada (Spanish), Amadea (Italian), Amalia (Italian), Amaliya (Russian), Amata (German, Scandinavian, and Spanish), Amedia (Spanish), Amee (French), Amelie (French), Amia (Hebrew), Aymé (French), and Ema (Romanian). Variant forms share the origin and thus the meaning of the name Amy.
See also the related form, the Welsh and English Ceri.
Amy is a popular baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1930s up to the 1970s. At the peak of its usage in 1975, 2.067% of baby girls were named Amy. It was #2 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a steep decline in frequency since then. In 2012, it ranked at #144 with a usage of only 0.116%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Amy was used 5 times more than the 2nd most popular name, Amelie, in 2012. The name Amy has been primarily given to baby girls, although it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. In 1977, 378 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Amy.
† Pronunciation for Amy: EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Amy:
Actress Amy Adams, born 20 August 1974, Vicenza, Italy.
Actress Amy Jo Johnson, born 6 October 1970, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Author Amy Tan, born 19 February 1952, Oakland, California.
Aviator Amy Johnson, born 1 July 1903 - 5 January 1941, Thames Estuary, London, England.
Noblewoman Amy Robsart, born 7 June 1532 - 8 September 1560, Norfolk, England.
Noblewoman Amy Robsart, born Amy Dudley 7 June 1532 - 8 September 1560, Norfolk, England.
Poet Amy Lowell, born Amy Lawrence Lowell 9 February 1874 - 12 May 1925, Brookline, Massachusetts.
Political Relative Amy Carter, born 19 October 1967, Plains, Georgia.
Pop Musician Amy Grant, born 25 November 1960, Augusta, Georgia.
Singer Amy Lee, born 13 December 1981, Riverside, California.