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What does Emerson mean?

Emerson /emer-son/ as a boys' name is pronounced EM-er-sun. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Emerson is "Emery's son". Ralph Waldo Emerson, known as the "sage of Concord", was a poet and philosopher who wrote about individual freedom which influenced American values. See also Emery.

Associated with: old english


Emerson has 1 variant: Em.

Affiliated boy name: Amerigo.

Emerson has 4 more relations via Emery: Emerey, Emeri, Emerich and Emerus.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Eberson, Emerston, ..

(female) Emerron, Emersyne, ..

How popular is Emerson?

Emerson is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#760 out of 1220, Top 62%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#1066 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Shown below is the baby name history of Emerson for boys. Emerson reached its highest position of #324 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the statistics of Emerson and affiliated names. Emery (#687 from recent data) and Amerigo are the popular varying forms of Emerson (#324 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Emeri, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Emerson is widespread among parents in 2014 (adoption of 0.1%). Emerson has historically been the top pick of parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emerson, Amerigo, Emery in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emerson and related baby names outside U.S.

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