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Emma Meaning


What does Emma mean?

The name Emma is of German origin.

The meaning of Emma is "entire, whole, universal".

Emma is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 4 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Eh-mah.

The Given Name Emma

Introduced to Britain by the Normans, the name Emma originated as a short form of compound names that contained the element erm(en), irm(en), meaning "entire, whole".

It is sometimes used as a nickname for Emily, but this is not etymologically justified.

Emma of Normandy was the wife of both king Etheired II and king Canute as well as mother to Edward the Confessor.

The name became popular in England and saw a resurgence of popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Emma is also a favorite of poets and authors, and was the name of a lead character in the 1960s TV serial The Avengers.

Emma Lazarus was an American poet and writer most known for her sonnet "The New Colossus," which is inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

She was also an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism writing many essays and poems on the subject of the persecution of the Jews of Europe and working tirelessly to organize relief efforts. An important forerunner of the Zionist movement, she argued for the creation of a Jewish homeland thirteen years before Herzl gave it a name, Zionism.

Emma falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Emma Caulfield, Emma Lowndes, and Emma of Lesum.

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Emma Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 1 in baby name popularity for girls with 18,688 occurrences. It ranked 8,300 in baby name popularity for boys with 9 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 1 in baby name popularity for girls with 19,800 occurrences. It ranked 6,118 in baby name popularity for boys with 14 occurrences.

The trend's your friend. See how Emma has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Emma Name Popularity Page.

Emma Related Names

Variants of the name Emma include Ema, Emmah.

The names Emmalee, Emma-Lise are all forms of Emma.

Famous Emmas

  • Emma Caulfield ~ Actress
  • Emma Lowndes ~ Actress
  • Emma of Lesum ~ Saint
  • Emma Roberts ~ Actress
  • Emma Stone ~ Actress
  • Emma Thompson ~ Actress
  • Emma Watson ~ Actress
  • Emma Woodhouse ~ Emma character

Emma Numerology

What will your new littleEmma be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

Children named Emma are often conscientious and icy but most of all they are read more >>

Emma Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Emma in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Emma.

Just for fun, see the name Emma in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Emma in Nautical Flags page.