National Amelia Day is celebrated on November 22 in honor of a classic name that has a contemporary twist. The name Amelia derives from Latin, and from the Arabic word ‘Amal,’ which means ‘labor.’ Modified variants of this name have been in use for centuries. Amy, Emma, and Emily are examples of diminutive forms. The name Amelia is ideal for females who strive to achieve their goals in life. It means ‘industrious’ or ‘hardworking’ and has a long history of popularity among the nobility. The name is of German origin, and it is derived from the name Amala. When King George II and III called their daughters Amelia, the name became fairly common in 18th Century Europe.
History of National Amelia Day
Amelia became a common given name in England after the German House of Hanover assumed power in the 18th Century. When monarchs George II and George III each called one of their daughters Amelia, this beautiful name made its way into the English language. These kings were members of the German House of Hanover, which reigned over the U.K. and Ireland at various stages of the 17th century.
Amelia Earhart, a pilot born in Atchison, Kansas, in 1897, is one of history’s most renowned Amelias. In 1932, Earhart became the first female pilot to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean. Despite her international fame as a heroine in the early 1900s, the name Amelia was only modestly common until recently.
The name Amelia has been on the Social Security Administration’s list of best newborn girl names for almost a century, and it was in the top 100 in 2004. It is also possible that movie heroes helped the name Amelia climb the charts. Movies such as “Amélie,” which was a French success, and “The Princess Diaries,” an American film starring Anne Hathaway as Amelia “Mia” Thermopolis were both released in 2001. Amelia is spelled Amelie in French And Amy, Mia, Millie, Melie, and Ames are some popular nicknames for Amelia.
National Amelia Day timeline
Amelia Mary Earhart, the aviation pioneer, completes her first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
This American fantasy and young adult literary novelist publishes her first novel, “In the Forests of the Night.”
Amelia Lily’s first single, “You Bring Me Joy” peaks at number two on the U.K. Singles Chart.
Born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, this Australian rapper has her album “The New Classic,” top the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums list, making her the first non-American female rapper to do so.
National Amelia Day FAQs
Is Amelia a traditional name?
Amelia is a lovely, traditional name that has recently gained popularity.
What is a suitable nickname for Amelia?
Amelia is a lovely ‘A’ name with a slew of equally lovely and flexible nicknames.
Amelia’s beautiful nicknames are Minnie and Millie.
Why is Amelia such a popular name?
When King George II and III called their daughters Amelia, the name acquired a royal status and rose in popularity from the 18th century onward.
National Amelia Day Activities
Enjoy your favorite meal
Indulge in your favorite meal. However you choose to give yourself this treat, just make sure you enjoy it.
Attend a comedy show
When was the last time you cried from laughter? Going to a comedy performance is another fun thing to do on your special day.
Attend a fancy tea party
Find a place that serves afternoon tea, or if you have a garden, create your own. But don't forget the small little sandwiches!
5 Fun Facts About Amelia
The name became popular very recently
For a name that has been popular in the U.S. for centuries, Amelia, strangely, only entered the Top 100 list in 2004.
It has stayed on the popularity radar
The name Amelia is certainly on the American radar right now.
It has another variation
The French variant, Amélie is also popular but in the U.S., parents are more like to stick to its English form.
The name now has worldwide popularity
The name has acquired popularity in other English-speaking nations, notably Australia.
The name was first used in 1880
The name first appeared in 1880, when it was given to 221 newborns.
Why We Love National Amelia Day
Amelia is an idealistic analyzer
You are naturally gifted at solving mental and physical challenges. You like researching and prefer scientific information.
Amelias are independent and respectable
Being well-dressed boosts your self-esteem and dignity. People perceive you as analytical and perceptive.
Amelias are ambitious
You are a person who follows through on your goals and interests. You prefer to be in charge and you value your creative ideas.
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