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From: John E Wynn <>
Subject: Re: Amelia and Milly
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 21:00:44 +0100
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On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:23:32 +0100, Mike LONGWORTH
>Aileen Howard wrote:
>> Does anyone know whether Millie could have been a
> > diminutive of Amelia please?
>Here is what the 'Dictionary of First Names' by Leslie DUNKLING &
>William GOSLING has to say:
>Millie (f) Pet form of Mildred or Millicent used independently. In use
>since the 1860s, but now rare [*]. In some cases girls called Amelia or
>Emily were addressed by this name. The name Milliestone was used by a
>British family in 1903, presumably for a daughter whom they felt would
>be a millstone. The name was presumably for her.
>[*] a check on http://www.yourenotme.co.uk/ reveals that there are some
> 899 Millies (presumably of voting age) in the UK. Hardly 'rare'!
A check of the GRO birth indexes (England & Wales) shows 6,353 births
registered for Millie between 1984 - 2001. In another 900 births the
name is registered as Milly. Definitely not rare.