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What does Gemma mean?

Gemma [gem-ma] as a girls' name is pronounced JEM-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Gemma is "gem, jewel". Saint Gemma Galgani was a 19th-century Italian saint canonized in 1940. She was an ordinary young woman whose religious traits included manifestations of the stigmata, or the marks of Christ's wounds.

Associated with: 19th century, young.


Gemma has 5 variants: Gem, Gemmalyn, Gemmalynn, Jemma and Jemsa.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Gemna, Gioma, ..

(male) Gemmay, Gemy, ..

How popular is Gemma?

Gemma is a very popular first name for females (#1711 out of 4276, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#28049 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Gemma for girls. Gemma was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its apex position of #272 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the statistics of Gemma and related names. The only other prominent varying form of Gemma (#272 from current records) rated in the Top 2000 is Jemma (#637 from current records). These relations of Gemma were at the top of their popularity in 2014 (usage of 0.09%). Gemma and Jemma are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gemma, Jemma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gemma, Jemma outside U.S.

Similar Names


Gemma is alike in pronunciation to Jaima, Jama, Jamia, Jemmie and Jemmy. Other recommended names are Amma, Delma, Desma, Emma, Geela, Geena, Geeta, Geila, Geina, Gelya, Gemina, Gena, Genia, Genna, Genya, Gerda, Gerta, Helma, Hema, Herma, Jemima, Mimma, Neema, Neima, Neoma, Romma, Samma, Seema, Selma, Tamma, Telma, Velma and Zelma. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gemma.