Emerson- strong enough for a man?

My husband and I are 3 weeks from our due date with our son and still trying to narrow our choices! We have recently revisited Emerson. However, it appears to be significantly more popular for a girl.


I need thoughts and advice please!




November 11, 2015 10:13 PM

We have just been looking at Emerson tonight also! and i love it! the only Emerson i've known was a stately older gentleman that deffinately leaves me with the impression of Strong and Masculine. Just my thots...

November 11, 2015 10:20 PM

I think Emerson is fine to use for a boy. It is currently more popular for girls I think, but it always sounds to me like a boys name on a girl rather than a feminine name. It is originally a surname and has the word "son" in it. I think it would be hard to classify it as girly. But I am also someone who wouldn't be bothered by a feminine name on a boy as I don't think femininity has anything negative about it. I recognize that not everyone feels the same about that.

So, if it would bother you to have some people think you used a "girl" name you might want to reconsider. I think those people will be small in number, but there will likely be a few. If that is not going to be a big deal for you, then go ahead with Emerson.

November 11, 2015 11:58 PM

I agree.  I place Emerson in the same group as Elliot.  Boy names that get used on girls, but still boy names.

November 11, 2015 10:37 PM

I like this name for a boy more than a girl, because of the word son in it, and I know someone who has this last name, also male. He goes by Emmo as his nickname.

November 11, 2015 11:24 PM

All the Emersons I've known were male.

November 12, 2015 12:06 AM

I also think it's a boys name. But to be honest I would assume that a small child named Emerson was a girl, and I would assume that her nickname was Emmy. That said, I would love to see it on a boy.

November 12, 2015 1:09 AM

Out here in the greater 'burbs Emerson is all girl. 

That doesn't mean you can't use it on a boy, or that that should bother you, but you should probably research your own region and go into it knowing what to expect.

November 12, 2015 3:53 AM

Emerson is perfectly fine for a boy or a girl; I tend to associate it with girls but I wouldn't blink an eye for a boy.  It's the same as Taylor, Riley, Jordan, Morgan, etc... when you hear the name it can go either way and I wouldn't make an assumption one way or another. 

November 13, 2015 2:25 PM

I think it's a totally acceptable boy name. Although it's become unisex lately, it definitely has a Victorian-gentleman sound to me.

November 13, 2015 7:10 PM

It is a boys' name, but I can't say I love it.  I think the nickname Em could still work on a boy.

November 13, 2015 8:08 PM

Any interest in Emery instead of his son? :-)

As a "son of"-type surname, I much, much prefer Emerson for boys. I know that it has been following in Madison's footsteps of late, as an alternative route to Emmie-type nicknames, but it still completely feels like a boy's name that's being given to girls.

If you're worried about using Emery because of possible confusion with Emily, consider Emeric/Emerick/Emmerich.

November 13, 2015 9:06 PM

It may be regional, but I know several girl Emery's (and no boys). So if you're looking for less-androgynous, it might not be the best choice. I do think Emeric is a great suggestion. 

November 13, 2015 9:15 PM

Just to clarify: I'm suggesting Emery not because of gender confusion (it doesn't help with that), but because it's not a surname-name. I know I'm tilting at windmills, but I really wish surnames could stay surnames, especially when there's a perfectly good given name right there in the name...

November 13, 2015 11:46 PM

I agree with you about the surnames. They're so popular for boys in my area that I'm hard-pressed to name any boys in our circle that *don't* have one. I could certainly count them on one hand. 

November 13, 2015 9:38 PM

Yay Emeric! :)

I'm with you and surnames staying surnames, but sometimes I feel like the only one as they're so popular. And I admit that I like the sound of some, even if I wouldn't use them myself.

November 14, 2015 1:09 AM

Do you haveany other ideas for names?

November 14, 2015 8:55 PM

I think the main reason girls are named Emerson is to get to the nickname Emmy. The full Emerson seems rather masculine to me, though I have known both girls and boys with the name. It's hard to predict if it's headed in the feminine direction of Taylor and Ashley. My personal guess is that Emerson is similar to Eliot, Ryan, and Parker in that it's a boy's name that is also used for girls.