There are multiple origins and meanings for the hugely popular name Emily:
1. Comes from the Latin word aemula etymology (definition) - "emulous; trying not to give in; stubborn; supporter, followers; emulation", feminine form of the personal name Emil. Aemilia gens - was a patrician family at Ancient Rome.
2. Form of the given name Emma/Emmanuela significance - "God (El) is with us" or of Amelia meaning - "soft, weak; better; honey".
St Oemilia was one of the 48 Martyrs of Lyons (177 AD). Also with her martyred at this time were: Blandina, Photinus, Zacharias, Epagatus, Macarius, Alcibiades, Silvius, Primus, Ulpius, Vitalis, Cominus, October, Philuminus, Geminus, Iulia, Albina, Grata, Rogata, Potamia, Pompeia, Rhodana, Biblis, Quartia, Materna, Helpes, Sanctus, Maturus, Attalus, Alexander, Ponticus, Arisceus, Cornelius, Iosinus, Titus, Ivlius, Zoticus, Apollonius, Geminianus, Ivlia, Auzonia, Cemlia, Jamnica, Domna, Iusta, Trophima and Antonia.