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Anglicized form of Old French Amee, which was both a nickname and a form of the Latin name Amata (beloved).[1]


  • IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.mi/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪmi

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Amy (plural Amys)

  1. A female given name from Latin
    • 1886, Hubert Hall, Society in the Elizabethan Age, Kessinger Publishing, published 2003, →ISBN, page 94:
      The Dame Anne Dudley, mentioned in a contemporary record, was Leicester's first wife, the unfortunate Amy Robsart. It may be noticed, in passing, that the name Amy - presuming that it occurs in contemporary manuscripts of authority - is an extremely rare one. It is obvious how easily the name Aime might be read for Anne.
    • 1975, Derek Marlowe, Nightshade, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, page 7:
      As a child, Amy could have been drawn by Millais, if he was inclined - the name Amy is deceptively apt - but though the plumpness remains, not much but some, the ringlets have gone to be replaced by curls of the colour of cinnamon.
    • 1999, Susan Butler, Lawrence Butler, East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart., →ISBN, page 5:
      As Amy had been baptized Amelia (but always called Amy) after her mother, now her daughter, too, was baptized Amelia.
    • 2012, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, Phoenix, published 2013, →ISBN, page 249:
      When I remained alive, they named me Amy, because it was a regular girl's name, a popular girl's name, a name a thousand other baby girls were given that year, so maybe the gods wouldn't notice this little baby nestled among the others.
  2. A surname.
    • 1959 October, “Talking of Trains: Landlord hires a diesel”, in Trains Illustrated, page 460:
      [...] Mr. John W. Amy, landlord of the "Cross Keys" at Arnold, Nottingham.

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  1. ^ Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of Given Names.Oxford University Press 2001.