Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Amelia f. A diminutive of any name beginning with Proto-Germanic *amal 'vigor, bravery'.

The name of a 7th C Belgian saint.

The name is often connected with the Roman gens Aemilius, but while the two were confused and conflated with each other from a very early date, they are of distinct origin.

Germany
Early Modern English
1539 Amelye PP-HenV p. xxvi
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Amelia". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Amelia.