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Gender: female
Pronunciation: EM-mah
Meaning: the deserving,the worthy, the diligent, whole, universal
Related Names: Emil, Emily, Hemma, Emmanuel, Ama, Amelia, Emmajean, Emmalee, Emmanuella, Emmaline, Ima

Length: 4 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 3


Name: emma Origin: Germanic,, Meaning (no case): the deserving,the worthy, the diligent, whole, universal

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The name Emma has a long and intricate history of evolution beginning with medieval versions of complex names such as Ermintrude and Irmengarde. These names were later shorted to Irmen, Irma or Ermen; which is the German word for universal'. The name later evolved to the feminine form of Hemma and was first introduce to Britain by the Normans. Hemma, daughter of Duke Richard of Normandy, was the name of the mother of St. Edward the Confessor, King of England. A spelling reform in 1901 eliminated the silent (H) in nearly all instances of native German words leading us to the modern spelling of the name

Saint Emma is the name of several saints throughout history and the world including;

  • Saint Emma of Altdorf, also known as Hemma (80831 January 876). She was the wife of Louis the German, and Queen consort of Eastern Francia.
  • Saint Hemma of Gurk, known also as Emma (c. 980 27 June 1045) is a founder of religious houses in Austria.
  • Saint Emma of Lesum or Emma of Stiepel, born in Saxony around 980 and dying December 3rd, 1038 in Lesum, now Bremen-Burglesum, Germany. She was a countess venerated as a saint for her good works; she is also the first female inhabitant of Bremen to be known by name.
  • Saint Edigna of Puch is also occasionally referred to as Emma.


The name Emma was particularly fashionable in the 1880s but has always been a long-standing classic name. Its only decline began in the 1960's, likely due to overuse, but the name regained favor by the 1980s following the naming trend that has popularized old fashioned, time-honored names. Catapulting to notoriety in the last decade, the name Emma is used widely by many nationalities such as the English, French, Italian, Finnish, and Dutch. Today it is the second most used name in the U.S, with the first being Emily. Most people with the first name Emma are female, although In the 1900s Emma saw some popularity as a name for men, the trend however was short-lived.


The name Emma is said to create a restless, creative nature and a longing for independence. A person with the name Emma is versatile, musical and artistic; they must have the freedom to express their creative ideas and abilities to be happy. The qualities of this name would find a more constructive outlet in work that involves high-pressure selling or promotional activities, possibly in community affairs, for it contains a positive, driving power.


  • Emma, a novel by Jane Austen
  • Emma, film directed by Clarence Brown
  • Emma, United Kingdom television program
  • Emma, romantic comedy made in 1996 based on the beloved novel by Jane Austen
  • Emma, a 1996 British television film
  • Emma, 1974 song by Hot Chocolate
  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge, one of the colleges of the University of Cambridge which is often abbreviated to Emma
  • 283 Emma, large main belt asteroid
  • Emma, Missouri
  • Emma La polilla fashion, a well-known advertisement for Levi's in Argentina.
  • HMS Queen Emma, commando troop ship of the Royal Navy during the Second World War
  • EMMA, the Ethnic Minority Media Awards
  • EMMA, the Electron Machine for Many Applications

In many foreign countries it is a tradition to celebrate your "name day". The name Emma is honored in many countries on different days; Finland: May 19 Hungaria and Poland: November 24 France: April 19 Latvia: June 2


There have been many famous Emma's throughout time and throughout the world. Some examples are;


Emma Aadland, Emma Aaseby, Emma Abad, Emma Abaday, Emma Abdalla, Emma Abderhalden, Emma Abdulkerim, Emma Abela, Emma Abely, Emma Aber, Emma Abernathy, Emma Abiche, Emma Abinales, Emma Acha, Emma Acheampong, Emma Adu, Emma Aafloy, Emma Aarlie, Emma Aaroe, Emma Aaron, Emma Abalos, Emma Abara, Emma Abarquez, Emma Abarrientos, Emma Abate, Emma Abbott, Emma Abdelaziz, Emma Abdur-razzaq, Emma Abeita, Emma Abele, Emma Abella, Emma Abellana, Emma Aberle, Emma Abernethy, Emma Abiera, Emma Abila, Emma Aguzar, Emma Aviera, Emma Aarnio, Emma Aasland, Emma Abaka, Emma Aban, Emma Abarca, Emma Abare, Emma Abaya, Emma Abbey, Emma Abbo, Emma Abdullah, Emma Abeare, Emma Abel, More results

Author: Theresa Willbye

Facts about EmmaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 4  +
Meaning the deserving,the worthy, the diligent, whole, universal  +
Meaningnc the deserving,the worthy, the diligent, whole, universal  +
Name emma  +
Origin Germanic  +
Popularity 1  +
Pronunciation EM-mah  +
Rank in 2000s 3  +
Related Emil  +, Emily  +, Hemma  +, Emmanuel  +, Ama  +, Amelia  +, Emmajean  +, Emmalee  +, Emmanuella  +, Emmaline  +, and Ima  +
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