Meaning and Name Origin
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 on this name, 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 (#926 out of 88799, 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
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). Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 and is now significantly less, with the versions Emery and Emory becoming less trendy. Emerson (#324) is the most trendy name for newborns in this compilation, with this name having a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)