Emi is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • 恵 “favor; blessing, grace; kindness” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (恵美);
  • e  “picture; drawing; painting; sketch” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (絵美);
  • 映 “reflect; reflection” + mi 見 “to see; look at” (映見);
  • 江 “creek; inlet; bay” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (江美);
  • e 恵 “favor; blessing, grace; kindness” + umi 海 “sea, ocean (恵海)

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s えみEmiko is also a variant form of Emi with the -ko  suffix meaning “child”; Emika, Emina and Emira are also variant forms of the names.

Emi could also be used as a nickname for Emily, the English form of Aemilia, an Ancient Roman name of uncertain meaning though it has often been associated with Latin aemulus meaning “rival; rivaling, striving” via Proto-Italic *aimos (imitation) derived from a PIE root word. It could also be a variant spelling of Emmy, also a shortened form of Emma or Emmelineboth of which derive from Germanic element ermen meaning “whole” or “universal”. 

Origin: Japanese, Proto-Indo-European




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  1. I like all those Japanese meanings of Emi, they are lovely. As an Emilia, I am quite often called Emi, and I think it’s really cool.


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