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What does Emmet mean?

Emmet Pronunciation of Emmet as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Emmet) is pronounced EM-it. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Emmet is "entire, universal". Transferred use of the surname, itself derived from a diminutive of the medieval female given name Emma. Also possibly derived from Old German meaning "energetic, powerful", or from Old English meaning "an ant". Given by Irish and Irish-American families to celebrate early 19th century Irish patriot Robert Emmet, who tried to overthrow English rule in Ireland with French help. Today, actor M. Emmet Walsh features his unusual middle name rather than his first name, Michael. Famous clown Emmett Kelly; football player Emmitt Smith.


ASSOCIATED WITH surname, medieval, old, powerful, 19th century, rule (king), help (counsel), famous


VARIANTS Emmett, Emmit, Emmitt, Emmot, Emmott

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How popular is Emmet?

Emmet is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#72237 out of 150436, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Emmet reached its top position of #355 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #1042. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Emma, Emmett (#114 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Emmit (#1675) and Emmitt (#537) are the prominent varying forms of Emmet (#1042) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Emmet is at its most widespread presently (AVERAGE #1073). Emmett has been the recurring favorite, though Emmitt has become popular as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emmet, Emma, Emmett, Emmit, Emmitt in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emmet, Emmett outside U.S.

Similar Names

Emmet is pronounced similarly to Ahmet, Amit and Amyot. Other recommended sound-alike names are Eames, Elmer, Emeer, Emlen, Emmery, Ermes, Esme and Hammet. These names tend to be more commonly used than Emmet.