I am expecting twin girls and can't decide on the final names. I'd like to ask for your opinions on the name Emma, middle name Patricia, for one of the girls. First of all, do you like Emma as a first name? What kind of person do you picture when you hear that name?

That's the whole question. 


October 2, 2017 8:16 AM

love it great name - a lovely well rounded young lady


Emma and Sophie would be lovely

October 2, 2017 8:21 AM

Thanks! Do you think Emma Patricia would be ok?

October 2, 2017 8:23 AM

yes its ok,  is it a family name ?

October 2, 2017 9:49 AM

It's not really, I am just not a big fan of naming after someone, especially family members...

October 2, 2017 8:26 AM

Emma is lovely, and very adaptable. It feels very sweet, and I can picture it on almost any kind of person.

I don't personally love Patricia, but there's nothing wrong with it at all, especially if it has any kind of special meaning for you. 

October 2, 2017 9:47 AM

Thanks for your opinion on that issue as well. I don't know, maybe I am thinking too much and maybe I will say a strange thing, but doesn't it give a little bit vibe of sadness? Also in the description of that name it says, that Emmas tend to be self-critical, which is not a good thing at all.  Other than that, I agree that Emma is a lovely and classic name. 

October 2, 2017 10:05 AM

Truthfully, I have never cared for the name Emma nor seen its appeal. And yet I'm clearly in the minority because Emma is a runaway hit. I know so many little Emmas that it feels like I'm the only one who doesn't like it :)

October 2, 2017 7:33 PM

I'm right there with you!  Emma is about as dull as a name can get.  It's just very... meh.  There's nothing wrong with it, there just isn't anything interesting about it either.  It's like the color beige or that monument* you drive by every day but have never actually looked at.  I would put Hannah into the same category (but, of the two, I prefer Hannah).


*Not like a statue or art installation or anything.  The stone slab in the town square with the names of Korean War vets carved into it. ;)



That said, I think Patricia is a great option for a middle name!  With a fresh nickname, Patricia could be ripe for revival.

October 5, 2017 5:56 AM

I third the dislike of Emma. I disliked it before it became popular -- it has always seemed to me like the insipid version of my name -- and now that it is top-5 I dislike it even more because I see it so often. However, like Karyn says, we are clearly in the minority. 

That said, I like the style contrast of Emma Patricia. They aren't names I would choose, but they are both good names, not teaseworthy, and easy to wear.

October 2, 2017 11:12 AM

I've met so many Emmas that I don't have a single image or strong association for the name.  Personally, I think that is one of the benefits of more timeless/classic style names-they can work on anyone.

October 3, 2017 12:35 AM

I am inclined to like all the names of Jane Austen's heroines so I like Emma. It's a sweet name to me that would work on a girl and later old lady.

Patricia is one of my favorite almost old-fashioned names. I hope it has a resurgence.

October 3, 2017 9:21 AM

Congrats on your babies!

I love Emma! It's ladylike, old-fashioned, and bubbly. I agree with others that it's so adaptable that it can really fit anyone. I tend to like firsts and middles both ending with "-a," so I am of course a fan of Emma Patricia. I think Patricia is slightly more mature than Emma in sound, but it still sounds great.

October 3, 2017 1:26 PM

There is nothing wrong with Emma, per se, but I feel like it is just SO overused. I think it's a beautiful name, but I personally know too many Emmas for it to be a name I would use.