Gemma Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Gemma:
A borrowing from the Latin, Gemma is taken from gemma (precious stone, jewel).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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The name Gemma is derived from "gem, precious stone."
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Some people mispronounce it saying it with a hard g as in the word go.
When I was little I wanted to have a "normal" name but as I've grown up I've embraced having a unique name in America. Part of me is very interested to go to Europe and Australia and not get a 2nd glance at my name whereas here in the US I know when people take a minute before they say a name that its probably mine.
Most people absoultely love my name and no matter what, it is memorable! I am extremely happy with my name now :)
I love my name even though I'm from the US and most people aren't familiar with it. I've always liked that its unique and upon meeting people I usually get a comment about how pretty or unusual the name Gemma is. The only thing that's ever bothered me was that lots of people say it at first with a hard G. I mean, we say gem and gemstone with a j sound, why would Gemma be different?
My sister has just named her little girl Jemma (Feb2011, Australia) and coincidentally my friend named her little girl Gemma at virtually the same time!
I named my daughter Gemma in 2000. It's still a special, unique name for such a beautiful girl. She's always been the only Gemma in her school.
My best friend is called Gemma and I'm a Jemma to. We always get mixed up though and Gemma or Jemma is quite a common name where I live. I love the name though and wish my name was spelt with a G instead of a J.
My name is Gemma and I get a lot of people saying the name is pretty and asking where it came from.
My name is Gemma Phoebe. It has only once been mispronounced with a hard G. I like it, but people who don't know me often spell it with a J. I know quite a few other Gemmas, including one who is a really good singer and also a few Jemmas. I like it better with a G, because the nickname "Gem" looks less masculine than "Jem" and it's also spelt the same way as the precious stone/gem. Everyone likes and comments on my name when they hear it.
- Nicknames for Gemma: | Edit
Gem, Emma, Gemmie, Emmie, Gemms, Gemmsy, Jam Jar, Gemster, Gemstone, Gem&M, Potato Gem, gem-gem, gemma jam
- Meanings and history of the name Gemma: | Edit
Gemma is the traditional name for the binary star Alpha Coronae Borealis in the constellation of Corona Borealis.
- Famous real-life people named Gemma: | Edit
Gemma Galgani (b. 1878), Catholic Saint from Italy
Gemma Jones (b. 1942), actress from England
Gemma Hayes (b. 1977), Irish musician, singer-songwriter and composer
Gemma Arterton (b. 1986), actress from England
Gemma Ward (b. 1987), model/actress from Australia
Gemma Rose Foo (b. 1996), Singapore Para-Equestrian athlete
Gemma (b. 2003), daughter of American actress Catherine Bell
Gemma Rose (b. 2011), daughter of American actress Kristin Davis
- Gemma in song, story & screen: | Edit
Gemma Honeycutt: character in the movie "Fool's Gold" played by Alexis Dziena
Gemma Smith was the name of the heroine in the 1932 Errol Flynn movie "Escape Me Never."
Gemma Doyle; main character in Libba Bray's "A Great and Terrible Beauty" trilogy
Gemma is Ranger Operator Series Silver in Power Rangers RPM (2009)
Gemma Teller Morrow: character played by Katey Sagal in 'Sons of Anarchy'
Gemma Butler: character played by Tara Summers on 'Ringer'
Gemma Edgewood a character who appeared in Hospital Drama Casualty with her sister Tara.
Gemma Morrison: character on Waking the Dead. Portrayed by Michelle Dockery
Jemma Simmons: character on Marvel's Agents of Shield
Gemma Hendrix: daughter of Alison Hendrix, characters on Orphan Black