Thoughts on Gemma?

I've recently found myself having a bit of a fling with the name Gemma. (We're currently sitting with our shortlist of Catherine, Rosalind, and Helen.)

I'm concerned that Gemma might sound a bit too... un-serious? Can you imagine Supreme Court Justice Gemma Stamper? Dr. Gemma Stamper? To me, it sounds both beautiful and sturdy, but our other names are a bit more classic, I think. I'm also very Italian, so I like the Italian feel of this name.



January 18, 2016 12:22 AM

I think that Gemma is a perfectly serious name.  It has a weight to it without sounding stuffy.  I think that there could certainly be a Supreme Court Justice Gemma or a Dr. Gemma.  I think Gemma is a beautiful name– it is a name that I really like in general.

January 18, 2016 1:19 AM

I think this name is absolutely elegant and professional.  It's much more common in other anglophone countries, and to me it has a very English flair.  Sort of like Alistair or Bronwen -- classic UK names that aren't used much in North America.  I have known quite a few Gemmas over the years, all were English, Australian, or South African.  I think it works fine in North America, and familiar-sounding like Jenna but more classic and international.



January 18, 2016 3:01 AM

I agree! I don't think that Gemma is a cutsy name that will have a hard time growing up. (Though all the Shirleysof the 1930s did eventually get older.) To me it sounds British, elegant but spirited.

January 18, 2016 3:41 AM

Gemma's my name, and I love it! It's of Italian origin, so that's why it "feels" Italian.

January 18, 2016 7:23 AM

Where I live (Barcelona), there are a lot of Gemmas of all ages so I have no trouble imagining it on a professional. In fact, I don't have to imagine -- one of bosses is named Gemma.

I also agree with PJ above re: "even the 1930s Shirleys did eventually grow up." I think many names seem adult when they are connected to adults, with exceptions being things like "Princess."

January 18, 2016 11:57 AM

I adore Gemma! It has always struck me as unusual, but not weird, and creative without being Kre8ive.

January 18, 2016 12:20 PM

Thank you for all the feedback!! I have to say, I wasn't expecting such universally positive feedback, but I like it!!

January 18, 2016 1:40 PM

Gemma is very pretty, and yes, it does pass the Supreme Court Justice test.


January 18, 2016 5:30 PM

I don't think it sounds unserious at all. It does strike me as more Italian than British (though I can see it being more popular in Britain than in the US). However, it also does not sound overpoweringly Italian. Even if it is unfamiliar at first it fits name patterns so well that I can't imagine anyone being confused or bothered by it. 

January 18, 2016 8:31 PM

I am a total fan of Gemma, and I think it sounds perfectly serious.