Emi is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- e 恵 “favor; blessing, grace; kindness” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (恵美);
- e 絵 “picture; drawing; painting; sketch” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (絵美);
- e 映 “reflect; reflection” + mi 見 “to see; look at” (映見);
- e 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 子 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 Emmeline, both of which derive from Germanic element ermen meaning “whole” or “universal”.
Origin: Japanese, Proto-Indo-European