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What does Emma mean?

Emma Pronunciation of Emma [em-ma] as a girls' name is pronounced EM-ah. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Emma is "entire, universal". Originally a short form of compound names such as Ermintrude and Irma, from the word erm(en) or irm(en). A royal name in medieval England, it was introduced by the Normans, and made popular because it was borne by the mother of Edward the Confessor, who was also known as Aelgifu. Literary: title character of the Jane Austen romance novel "Emma". Emma Peel was a character in the 1960s British TV series "The Avengers". Actresses Emma Samms, Emma Thompson; singer Emmylou Harris.

Associated with: compound (blend), royal (queen), medieval.


Emma has 27 variants: Em, Ema, Emalinda, Emelina, Emeline, Emelyne, Emmalee, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emmalynne, Emme, Emmeleia, Emmeline, Emmelyn, Emmelyne, Emmet, Emmett, Emmette, Emmi, Emmie, Emmot, Emmott, Emmy, Emmye, Emmylou and Ima.

Related girl names: Emily, Emmarald and Amelia.

1 more alternative form via Ermintrude, Irma: Erma.

1 masculine form: Emmet.

Creative forms:
(female) Emi, Emmae, ..

(male) Emei, Emeu, ..

Middle name pairings:
Emma Memphis (E.M.), ..

How popular is Emma?

Emma is a very popular first name for women (#134 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#23207 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Emma reached its peak position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emma name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emma outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Amelia (#12 from current records), Ema (#1469), Emeline, Emily (#8), Emmalee (#970), Emmaline (#900), Emmalyn (#457), Emmalynn (#697), Emme (#1438), Emmeline (#809), Emmie (#1074), Emmy (#616), Erma, Ima and Irma are the prominent varying forms of Emma (#1 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Emma was more pronounced 135 years ago (median #1018) and is somewhat lower today (#1028, down 51%). Emily is more universally found than the rest, although Emmalyn appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions such as Irma have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emma, Amelia, Ema, Emeline, Emily in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emmalee, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emme in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emmeline, Emmie, Emmy, Erma, Ima, Irma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emma, Amelia, Emily, Emmy, Irma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Emma is alike in pronunciation to Aimy, Ama, Amaia, Amaya, Amee, Amey, Ami, Amia, Amiah, Amie, Amiya, Amma, Ammie, Amy, Amya, Amye, Aymi, Emmey, Oma, Ooma, Uma and Yuma. Other recommended names are Bama, Cama, Cyma, Dama, Eba, Ebba, Edda, Edma, Edme, Edra, Eena, Efua, Eila, Eira, Ela, Elda, Elia, Elka, Elma, Elsa, Eman, Emer, Emera, Emila, Emina, Ena, Enya, Enza, Erda, Erga, Esma, Esmay, Esme, Etna, Etta, Eula, Euna, Eva, Ewa, Fima, Gemma, Kama, Mima, Mimma, Ozma, Pima, Rima, Roma, Samma, Sima, Syma, Tama and Tamma. These names tend to be less commonly used than Emma.

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