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What does Emerson mean?

Emerson Pronunciation of 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.

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

Creative forms:
(male) Eberson, Emerion, ..

(female) Emerron, Emerwen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Emerson Jonah (E.J.), ..

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)

Emerson reached its highest position of #301 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Emery (#752 from recent data) and Amerigo are the popular varying forms of Emerson (#301 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Emeri, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Emerson was widespread among parents in 2015 (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.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abelson, Aeron, Aeson, Aleron, Anderson, Benson, Berton, Cameron, Carson, Cimeron, Deron, Derron, Dervon, Eddison, Edgerton, Edison, Edson, Eero, Efron, Egerton, Eliron, Elison, Ellison, Ellson, Ellyson, Elson, Emelen, Emelio, Emilion, Ephron, Ericson, Eron, Esiason, Everton, Evron, Ferron, Garson, Geron, Gershon, Gerson, Greyson, Hermon, Hewson, Jenson, Jeron, Jerron, Kameron, Karson, Kieron, Kierron, Larson, Leeron, Leron, Merton, Nelson, Oberon, Oberron, Orson, Parson, Paterson, Pearson, Person, Pierson, Piersson, Shermon, Simeron, Stetson, Swenson, Teron, Terron, Therron, Tyeson, Urson, Verlon and Vernon. These names tend to be less frequently used than Emerson.

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