Meaning and Origin of: Emma

Emma baby name

Girl name origins & meanings

  • German : All-embracing

The name Emma is derived from the Germanic word ermen meaning whole or universal, and was originally a shortened version of a variety of Germanic names that began with ermen. It was first popularized or introduced by Emma of Normandy.

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian (Sicily) : apparently from the female personal name Emma (see Emm).

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Popularity

Emma is the number one most popular girls name in the US, according to 2018 Social Security Administration data. It has remained in the number one position for five years in a row.

However, it is the 60th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Emma was at its peak popularity in February 2017.

While the name Emma has been around for generations (Emma by Jane Austen is a classic novel which later inspired the 1995 film Clueless), Emma may have seen a recent rise in popularity thanks to stars like Emma Watson, an English actress who portrays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Emma Roberts, and popular YouTuber Emma Chamberlain.

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