Emma Name Meaning & Origin


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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Ema, Emme

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Comments and insights on the name Emma: | Edit

Good but too popular.

Personal experiences with the name Emma: | Edit

Very over used!

I've heard of so many Emma's.

The new Jennifer!

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, and 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.

My name is Emma. I'm blessed to have that name. To me it symbolizes beauty and sophistication. 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.

^^Emma is not unique. It is very common.

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

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

My name is Emma, and my whole life I have loved it. When my mom was growing up, she loved the name Emma, too. She loved it so much that she decided that she would name her first baby girl Emma. I am that girl, though not a baby any longer. (Thank goodness) I was born in 1999, right when the name Emma became popular again, so that was interesting. I have only met a few other Emmas in my life. It's really cool, though, because most of the really old ladies named Emma are gone, so I'm now classified as one of the older Emmas. My middle name is Kaye, after my aunt and grandmother on my mom's side. I love the name Emma Kaye, it's so smooth on your tongue. Go ahead, try it. :) I have only had a couple nicknames, and the ones that have stuck are Em and M&M. (Like the candy.) I have been called on occasion Emma Watson. My siblings are named Kate Jaena, Lauren Grace and Claire Evelyn.

My name is Emma. This name is SUPER popular, I know 3 other Emmas just in my grade. I've always thought names like Emily were beautiful, and I like the sound of my name, and how it's old-fashioned, and the meaning, etc. The only thing I don't like about it is the popularity. I wish when I introduced myself I said a name that they'd never heard before, and they were taken a back, like, "wow, that's really pretty." So, being a name-lover, over the years I've collected some alternatives of Emma, including: Emily (not much less popular), Emery/Emory, Emme/Emmi/Emmy, Emerson, Emerald, Emmalynn, Emmeline, Emmanuelle or even Emmette, all for girls. Other kind of similar names include Esme, Evelyn, Eleanor and (I know this is random but it has the exact same vibe as Emma), Celia. My advice if you're considering naming your daughter Emma, is: use a less popular alternative, and please don't just do use in new year quotes / new year wishes

I have a younger sister named Emma and I call her Emmiie spelt like that its original, you know since emma is such a popular name. Our uncle also calls her M&M she likes that a lot.


My name is Emma and I LOVE the name and I recommend it. I am glad that I am called Emma because it is a wonderful name. My mum calls me Emmy, and my cousins call me Em, and my sister Heidi calls me M&M because my last name begins with N and if you say Emma N really fast it sounds like M&M. I am glad that I am called Emma because it is a wonderful name

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, EM&M or M&M, Emals, Emma Nemma, Mime, Ma, Emmls

Meanings and history of the name Emma: | Edit

All-containing; universal; complete

Famous real-life people named Emma: | Edit

Emma Blackery, YouTuber
Emma Bolger, Irish Actress
Emma Caulfield, American Actress
Emma Heming-Willis, model and wife of actor Bruce Willis
Emma Lazarus, American Poet
Emma Rigby, English Actress
Emma Roberts, American actress
Emma Stone, American Actress
Emma Thompson, English actress
Emma Watson, French-born 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, a 1996 movie directed by Douglas McGrath
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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