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What does Emerson mean?

Emerson \e-mer-son, em(e)-rson\ 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.


Emerson has 1 variant: Em.

For more information, see also the related boy name Amerigo.

Emerson has 11 more related variations via Emery: Amerigo, Amery, Amory, Emerey, Emeri, Emerich, Emerus, Emmerich, Emmery, Emmory and Emory.


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)

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

Top 1000 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 popularity of Emerson and affiliated names. Emery (#687 last year) and Emory (#868) are the popular varying forms of Emerson (#324 last year) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.6867%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.3737%, down 45.6%), with the versions Emery and Emory becoming less trendy. Emerson (#324) is the most trendy name for newborns in this compilation, and there is a rekindling in birth name usage for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Emerson, Emery, Emory in U.S.

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