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What does Emma mean?

Emma Pronunciation of Emma as a girls' name is pronounced EM-ah. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Emma is "entire, universal". Originally a short form of compound names such as Ermintrude and Irma, from the word erm(en) or irm(en). A royal name in medieval England, it was introduced by the Normans, and made popular because it was borne by the mother of Edward the Confessor, who was also known as Aelgifu. Literary: title character of the Jane Austen romance novel "Emma". Emma Peel was a character in the 1960s British TV series "The Avengers". Actresses Emma Samms, Emma Thompson; singer Emmylou Harris. Also form of Amelia.


ASSOCIATED WITH compound (blend), royal (queen), medieval


VARIANTS Em, Ema, Emalinda, Emelina, Emeline, Emelyne, Emmalee, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emmalynne, Emme, Emmeleia, Emmeline, Emmelyn, Emmelyne, Emmet, Emmett, Emmette, Emmi, Emmie, Emmot, Emmott, Emmy, Emmye, Emmylou, Ima

SEE ALSO Emily, Emmarald





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How popular is Emma?

Emma is a very popular first name for women (#134 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#23207 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Emma reached its peak position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Amelia (#8 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Ema (#1677), Emeline (#1927), Emily (#12), Emmalee (#1299), Emmaline (#903), Emmalyn (#508), Emmalynn (#840), Emme (#1745), Emmeline (#784), Emmi (#1659), Emmie (#598), Emmy (#539), Erma, Ima and Irma are the prominent varying forms of Emma (#1) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Emma was more pronounced 15 years ago (MEDIAN #1421) and has remained as widespread to this day (#1088, DOWN 12%). Emily is more universally found than the rest, although Emmalynn appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions such as Irma have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emma, Amelia, Ema, Emeline, Emily in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emmalee, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emme in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emmeline, Emmi, Emmie, Emmy, Erma in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ima, Irma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emma, Amelia, Emily, Emmy, Irma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Emma is alike in pronunciation to Aimy, Ama, Amaia, Amaya, Amee, Amey, Ami, Amia, Amiah, Amie, Amiya, Amma, Ammie, Amy, Amya, Amye, Aymi, Emmey, Oma, Ooma, Uma and Yuma. Other recommended sound-alike names are Bama, Cama, Cyma, Dama, Eba, Ebba, Edda, Edma, Edme, Edra, Eena, Efua, Eila, Eira, Ela, Elda, Elia, Elka, Elma, Elsa, Eman, Emer, Emera, Emila, Emina, Ena, Enya, Enza, Erda, Erga, Esma, Esmay, Esme, Etna, Etta, Eula, Euna, Eva, Ewa, Fima, Gemma, Kama, Mima, Mimma, Ozma, Pima, Rima, Roma, Samma, Sima, Syma, Tama and Tamma. These names tend to be less commonly used than Emma.

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