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 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)
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)