Origin : German


The name Emma is a girl's name of German origin meaning "universal". Emma has now been the <top girl name in the United States for four years in a row, claiming the crown again for 2018. Emma has done handsprings up the charts internationally thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane Austen's protagonist, along with famous modern Emmas such as Emma Stone and Emma Watson. Parents who have turned from Emily to Emma seeking something more distinctive will have to keep looking. Emma was given a big boost among popular baby names when it was given to Rachel and Ross's baby on Friends in 2002. It's also at the top of the list of the many fashionable girl names starting with E, which also includes Ella, Eleanor, and Eliza. Emma is simple but has deep history, is streamlined and modern-feeling yet distinctly feminine. It's hard to find all those qualities combined in one name, which is exactly why so many parents (over 17,000 last year) have chosen Emma and made it the top girls' name. Parents who love Emma but think it's overexposed have been moving to such alternatives as Amelia, Emilia, Amelie, Emmeline, and Ella. But, of course, these names might be poised to move up and take Emma's place near the top of the list. A very old royal name well used throughout the centuries (Queen Emma married King Ethelred the Unready in 1002), Emma is also historically associated with Lady Hamilton, the mistress of Lord Nelson and muse of painter George Romney. It's worth noting that Emma, Emily, and the new British Number 1 Amelia all derive from different roots and have different meanings. But they continue to feel like very similar names. Three of the hottest young female stars share the name: Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, and Emma (born Emily) Stone.

Popularity of name Emma over time

There are 674519 people in the U.S. with the first name Emma, this name was mostly popular in 2003 with popularity 22706 .

Emma is used for both genders.

0.24 percent of people with the first name Emma are man

99.76 percent of people with the first name Emma are woman

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Most Famous People Named Emma

a character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
American actress
English actress
English actress
Ross & Rachel's daughter on TV's Friends
Queen consort of Ethelred the Unread(y) and Cnut the Great of England
main character in "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
main character in "Emma" by Jane Austen
character in X-Men comics
character in The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices series
character in The Lying Game series
" short story by Jorge Luis Borges
Queen consort of William III of the Netherlands
English dancer
character on TV's Once Upon a Time
Irish novelist and playwright
character on TV's Glee
American actress
Queen consort of Kamehameha IV of Hawaii
English operatic soprano
character on TV's "Jessie"
Lithuanian-American socialist and labor organizer
Queen consort of Rudolph of Burgundy
character in Mother-Daughter Book Club series

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Names Created Using the Letters in Emma