Meaning and name origin
Emma \e(m)-ma\ as a girl's 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.
Emma has 27 variant forms: 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.
There is 1 masculine form of Emma: Emmet.
Emma is a very popular first name for females (#134 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#27744 out of 88799, Top 31%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Emma for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Emma and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Emma (#1), Emily (#7), Amelia (#15), Emmalyn (#465), Emmy (#663), Emmalynn (#770), Emmalee (#852), Emmaline (#880), Emmeline (#907), Irma, Emeline, Ima and Emmie. (2014 statistics).
Emma is also pronounced similarly to Ama, Amia, Amma, Emmey, Oma, Ooma, Uma and Yuma. Other suggested similar baby names are Edma, Eena, Elma, Ena, Enya, Erma, Esma and Euna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Emma.