Emma: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Emma


Pronunciation: EH-mə (key)

Origin of the name Emma:

Variant of the Germanic Erma, which originated as a short form of any of the various names containing the element erm(en) or irm(en) (strength).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Emma: | Edit

Please come up with something more original. EVERYONE is naming their kid EMMA (along with Sophia and Olivia). Think about how many Emmas there will be in her class. It is an old-lady name and is very meek. She will not be 3 months old forever!!

Lovely, cute

Well, I don't particularly like the name Emma because it's only been in the last few years that it became so popular, before that it was considered a frumpy old lady's name.

I'm a 70-year-old person, and my first memory of the name Emma was a character in a comic strip called "Moon Mullins". The character's name was Emma Plushbottom, she was called "Emmy", only her husband, Lord Plushbottom, called her "Emma". She was a skinny, homely, high-toned old lady who was always saying "I'll smack your sassy face!" So I can't get enthused about naming cute little babies Emma because when I hear the name I always think of Emmy Plushbottom! Also, her name was Emmy Schmaltz before she married Lord Plushbottom!

Personal experiences with the name Emma: | Edit

I'm proud to admit that's my name, because it's a very beautiful name.

My sister is named Emma. I love the name, but it's the #1 name in 6 countries...Very common, but anyone with that name will surely be unforgettable. Maybe when I have children I'll name one of the girls Emma so they can have a truly beautiful name and also named after my sister.

There's a real cute girl named Emma on Bates Motel.

This specific girl called Emma whom I went to school with, put me right off the name as she was a vile, horrible girl. I always thought Emma was a nice name until I met this girl.

My name is Emma. Sure it's common but I'm still blessed to have that name. To me it symbolizes beauty and sophistication. One time I had 7 other Emma's in my photography class, but that's okay. I still fancy it. A lot of people at my school don't have that name, so in a way it's unique. It'll always be unique to me anyways.

One of my BFFs is named Emma, and my name is Sophia. She is 9 & I am 11, so our rents thought they had steered clear of the 'Popular' names. Yeah, no. Anyhow, I love the name and the person that goes with it.
This is my cousin's name, only she spells it Ema. Very sophisticated name however you spell it.

While I have never been a big fan of this name, I certainly do understand the appeal of it. It's short, it's easy to spell and pronounced exactly the same in every language there is (unless you go and spell it Ema to make it more "unique")

My 3 year old sisters name is Emma and she is adorable. It is a very sophisticated name and it is a beautiful name whoever thinks it isn't doesn't know what they are missing

One of my best friends is named Emma. It's a great name but a little annoying that the commononality frequently requires us to call her "Emma S". I like to give my friends unconventional nicknames, so I sometimes call her "Em&m&a".

I have a good friend named Emma. I call her Lu sometimes.

Nicknames for Emma: | Edit

Emm, Em, Aunt Em (like from the Wizard of Oz), Meme, Emms, Emmie, Emmy,Emmers, Em, Emz, Emza, Emzaz, Emzy, E, Emmster, Ermah, Eminem,M&M

Meanings and history of the name Emma: | Edit

All-containing; universal

Famous real-life people named Emma: | Edit

Emma Roberts, American actress
Emma Thompson, English actress
Emma Caulfield, American actress
Emma Stone, American actress
Emma Watson, French-born Actress
Emma Lazarus, American poet
Emma Rigby, English actress
Emma Bolger, Irish actress

Emma in song, story & screen: | Edit

Emma Swan, character in Once Upon a Time
"For Emma, Forever Ago" by Bon Iver
"Emma", Jane Austen novel, from which the movie Clueless is based on
"Emma Rose," song by Kate Wolf
"Emma," song by Hot Chocolate
"Emma", song by Alkaline Trio
Emma Bovary, title character in Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary"
Emma Peel, main character and mod style icon from TV adventure series "The Avengers" (played by Diana Rigg)
Emma Geller-Green: Ross and Rachel's daughter on the TV show Friends
Emma The Movie
Emma Nelson: character from the TV show 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
"Big Leg Emma" a song by Frank Zappa
Emma Pillsbury, from the Fox show Glee
Emma Skye, the Ace Attorney Series
Emma, a fictional Tonkinese kitty character in the story Adventure Wonders
Emma Hawthorne, one of the main characters in "The Mother-Daughter Book Club"
Emma Nelson, main character in "The Future of Us" by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

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