What does Gemma mean?
Gemma /gem-ma/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Gemma for girls. Gemma was first listed in 2008 and reached its apex position of #272 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Gemma and related names. The only other prominent varying form of Gemma (#272 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 is Jemma (#637 the previous year). These girl names were at the top of their popularity in 2014 (usage of 0.5455%). Gemma (#272) and Jemma (#637) are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)