Aimé, Aimée, Amy

Origin: French
Meaning: “beloved.”
Fre (ey-MAY); Eng (A-mee)

Aimé is a French masculine name which is derived from the Latin Amatus, meaning, “beloved.” Its feminine counterpart is spelled Aimée and its anglicized version is Amy.

Amy was introduced into England after the Norman invasion, and was revived in the 19th-century.

In the United States, Amy is currently the 132nd most popular female name, between 1973-1976, she ranked as high as # 2.  Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 37 (Australia, 2008)
  • # 71 (Canada, 2008)
  • # 34 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 26 (the Netherlands, 2009)
  • # 9 (Scotland)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Amý (Icelandic)
  • Amata (Latin)
  • Amée (Medieval French)

Masculine forms are: Amato (Italian), Amatus (Latin) and Amé (Medieval French).

The name is borne by Amy Adams, Amy Grant and Amy Winehouse.

The designated name-day in France is February 20.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/amy
  2. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/amy?view=uk
  3. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/aimee?view=uk
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