What does Emma mean?
Emma \e(m)-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.
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▼.
Emma has 1 masculine form: Emmet.
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. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Emma for girls. Emma reached its peak position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Amelia (#15 the previous year), Emeline, Emily (#7), Emmalee (#852), Emmaline (#880), Emmalyn (#465), Emmalynn (#770), Emmeline (#907), Emmie, Emmy (#663), Erma, Ima, Irma and Trudy are the prominent varying forms of Emma (#1 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.3719%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.296%, down 20.4%), with versions like Emmalee, Erma, Ima, Irma and Trudy becoming somewhat outmoded. The more fashionable birth names in this compilation are Amelia (#15), Emma (#1), Emmalyn (#465), Emmalynn (#770) and Emmy (#663), with Amelia and Emma having a revival in popularity. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Emma and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Emma is alike in pronunciation to Ama, Amia, Amma, Amya▼, Emmey, Oma▼, Ooma, Uma and Yuma. Other recommended similar baby names are Edma, Eena, Elma▼, Ena▼, Enya, Esma and Euna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Emma.