Emma Name Meaning

A name gifted to queens and saints, Emma has a long history of use among the royal and powerful. Despite it all, she remains soft and sweet, the perfect choice for a precious baby girl.

Emma has always been a favorite among parents though she did see a dip in popularity from the 1940s to the 1990s before resurging again in the 2000s. She’s dominated birth announcements ever since, beloved for her easy spelling and pronunciation.

Emma ages gracefully, fitting in effortlessly in the schoolyard and boardroom alike. Along the way the name offers up nicknames for every age group from the cutesy Emmy to the mature Em. She’s the shortened sister of Emily and Emilia, providing the vintage charm parents love with the modern appeal they can’t resist.

Possibly the most famous literary character named Emma is the main character of Jane Austen’s novel Emma, a rich and independent woman who likes to meddle in the affairs of others. She and her friends eventually find love as the character learns and grows from her initial somewhat-selfish state.

Variants of the name include Emmeline and her contemporary counterpart Emmalyn. Similar names like Ella, Anna, and Lucy provide the same dainty dose of femininity.

Infographic of Emma name meaning, which is Emma is a shortened form of Erma or Emmaline, meaning universal or whole.
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Emma Name Popularity

How popular is the name Emma? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 34 2,591 0.7359%
1911 35 2,599 0.6979%
1912 35 3,350 0.6643%
1913 38 3,472 0.6124%
1914 39 3,960 0.5682%
1915 40 5,044 0.5552%
1916 41 5,212 0.5396%
1917 46 5,117 0.5115%
1918 46 5,320 0.4957%
1919 45 5,080 0.4851%
1920 46 5,231 0.4705%
1921 52 5,071 0.4429%
1922 50 5,013 0.45%
1923 53 4,966 0.4434%
1924 57 4,896 0.4216%
1925 57 4,702 0.416%
1926 59 4,476 0.407%
1927 65 4,321 0.3904%
1928 67 4,007 0.3745%
1929 69 3,789 0.3658%
1930 73 3,545 0.3394%
1931 76 3,299 0.3343%
1932 76 3,312 0.3352%
1933 76 3,138 0.3368%
1934 85 2,925 0.3026%
1935 89 2,784 0.2865%
1936 85 2,819 0.2926%
1937 90 2,729 0.2769%
1938 98 2,638 0.2577%
1939 89 2,663 0.2618%
1940 94 2,585 0.2432%
1941 100 2,518 0.2237%
1942 108 2,565 0.2031%
1943 115 2,390 0.1831%
1944 119 2,218 0.179%
1945 123 2,017 0.1654%
1946 132 2,041 0.1383%
1947 141 2,120 0.127%
1948 140 2,072 0.1298%
1949 147 1,961 0.1219%
1950 155 1,860 0.1155%
1951 174 1,704 0.1005%
1952 181 1,669 0.0956%
1953 196 1,564 0.0884%
1954 202 1,489 0.0815%
1955 212 1,426 0.0775%
1956 228 1,297 0.0687%
1957 248 1,168 0.0607%
1958 267 1,045 0.0553%
1959 271 1,028 0.0541%
1960 298 937 0.0495%
1961 310 852 0.0451%
1962 330 756 0.0412%
1963 352 683 0.038%
1964 341 737 0.0419%
1965 361 595 0.0364%
1966 365 576 0.0369%
1967 386 525 0.0346%
1968 428 449 0.0299%
1969 426 475 0.0308%
1970 419 487 0.0306%
1971 447 423 0.0281%
1972 419 422 0.031%
1973 450 372 0.0287%
1974 407 454 0.0349%
1975 425 427 0.0332%
1976 456 377 0.0293%
1977 435 424 0.0315%
1978 442 404 0.03%
1979 431 441 0.0313%
1980 419 481 0.0329%
1981 408 505 0.0344%
1982 414 518 0.0347%
1983 399 511 0.0346%
1984 339 644 0.0433%
1985 265 916 0.0603%
1986 208 1,246 0.0825%
1987 175 1,582 0.1037%
1988 160 1,771 0.1136%
1989 149 1,928 0.1195%
1990 129 2,407 0.1452%
1991 123 2,584 0.1585%
1992 104 3,209 0.201%
1993 80 4,102 0.2631%
1994 74 4,763 0.3104%
1995 67 5,044 0.3347%
1996 53 6,143 0.4103%
1997 36 7,739 0.5233%
1998 22 10,437 0.6973%
1999 17 11,728 0.7831%
2000 17 12,548 0.8214%
2001 13 13,307 0.8832%
2002 4 16,538 1.1036%
2003 2 22,704 1.4924%
2004 2 21,606 1.4176%
2005 2 20,339 1.3303%
2006 2 19,114 1.2207%
2007 3 18,372 1.1644%
2008 1 18,809 1.217%
2009 2 17,892 1.1971%
2010 3 17,338 1.2031%
2011 3 18,797 1.3193%
2012 2 20,934 1.469%
2013 2 20,936 1.4705%
2014 1 20,924 1.4361%
2015 1 20,435 1.4044%
2016 1 19,471 1.3504%
2017 1 19,738 1.4142%
2018 1 18,688 1.3602%
2019 2 17,102 1.2633%
2020 2 15,345 1.2056%
2021 2 14,224 1.1636%
2022 2 14,435 1.0942%

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Names Like Emma

If you like Emma, you’ll love these other names like Emma.

What names are diminutives of Emma?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Emma sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Emma, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal; emerald



Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal; emerald





What names are variants of Emma?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Emma.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Entire, universal



Industrious, striving; work; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Peaceful home



Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Peaceful home; rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Entire, universal



Entire, universal






Entire, universal



Rival; laborious; eager; entire, universal



Entire, universal


What names sound like Emma?

If you like how Emma sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Emma.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Nourishing, kind; soul; young woman; learned






Other goddess



Precious gemstone



Son of Emery



Home strength



Precious stone


What names are similar to Emma?

Find a name that’s like Emma, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender




Noble strength



To live



Free man



Clear and bright



Bright and clear



To rival



Desired one








Lists With Emma

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Emma.

Siblings of Emma

Mamas with kids named Emma also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender







Son of Aodh



Home ruler



Bright fame






East town



Descendant of Brad?



Elf ruler



Crooked nose






Christmas Day



God is gracious









Free man



  1. It’s beautiful and classic

  2. Our daughter is Emma Skye. We have loved the name Emma for over a decade and knew this would be our daughters name.

    Emma Skye means Absolute Faith for a
    miraculous creation.

    She is our miracle girl. We have waited 22 years to have a baby!

  3. Emma was my labor and delivery nurse when I had my daughter, she was absolutely phenomenal and probably the only reason i was able to keep pushing (metaphorically and literally LOL) through my labor and delivery. she made me feel strong enough to do what needed to be done and gave me the confidence that i needed to get through it. i’ll never forget her.

  4. I chose her name from a dream I had

  5. I’ve always loved the name Emma, I love the way it sounds.

  6. i wont be naming my child emma but i love the name its lovely and cute, my cousins name is emma and her middle name is rose, i think emma rose is an adorable name and love the meaning. ive met lots of people with this name but ive always thought its super cute and simple i like short names like this one like the name lilly ella ava elle etc, i think one of my kids middle names will be emma.

    • Emma is a pretty name! i also have a cousin called Emma and love the name as well!

  7. Simple, short, and classic

  8. uhh uhhh yeah yesh uhhh ogmgggg yeassssss yesss uhh daddddyyyy yesss uhhhh 0mgggggg uhhhh

  9. My husband prayed for God to tell us her name, and the first name that came to his mind was Emma. In Hebrew the name means “my God has answered.” And He truly has. Her middle name is Joy because we had gone through a dark season before conceiving her, but God brought us through and restored our joy!

    • Wow my name is Emma! I love it, but sometimes I wish I could change it

      • Promise rings if you promise me not to have sex, then I will not have sex with anyone

  10. My husband and I just love the name Emma, and it fits her perfectly!

  11. Her dad chose the name.
    Last minute.
    I wasn’t sure at first but I’m liking the name now. It’s different, there’s not a family
    member with this name; to our knowledge neither.

  12. It’s simple, elegant and hard to make fun of.

  13. My husband and I have both wanted to different names in the beginning. He wanted the name Abby and I wanted the name Lena. Neither one of us wanted to give up on our name so we both agreed that we should both give up on our names and try to come out with a new name. As a teacher, my students were super excited about the new baby. They kept wanting to name her. I had them write all over their potential names and sticky notes and would bring them home nightly and read them to my husband. As I was reading through the names one night we came across the name Emma and we both said we really like that name. After I read the name Emma I read the name Kate. I remember telling my husband I really like those names together. He agreed and we both decided that that would be her name, Emma Kate.

  14. I named her Emma because I wanted something that sounded cute with the middle name Lou. Lou is a family name from my grandmother and great grandmother. They both had the middle name Lou.

  15. We have two boys ages 4 and 6. Our 6 year old began talking about wanting a “baby sister named Emma” when he was only 4 years old! He didn’t have any classmates named Emma in his pre k class so all I could think was that maybe he dreamed of this! He continued talking about her randomly and he kept asking us to have a baby sister when he was 5. When we found out we were pregnant after trying for almost a year we waited til the first sono to share the news with the boys and they were ecstatic! We found out later we were having a girl so of course our 6 year old was excited and kept asking if he could call her Emma. So we decided to let him name her!

  16. Family name!

  17. Emma was my grandmother’s name. She was a woman that I respected beyond measure. She was my rock and my mentor ?

  18. It was cute!

  19. Timeless and classy.

  20. 1. We needed a patron saint for our baby, and there is a Saint Emma. We had liked the name Emma when picking a name for the previous baby, but the name Anna Catherine suited her best. (She is extremely excitable and imaginative, personality-type INFJ. Our other, first, baby we named Inga Saskia. Calm, creative martial artist, personality-type ISFP.) We had forgotten about the name Emma this time, until we were about to go to the hospital for her to be born. My husband didn’t like my ideas, e.g. my favorite name was Olga, especially because of Saint Olga, and I didn’t like his ideas, e.g. the names Cecilia and Theresa, which I thought were both too long to pronounce, and Cecelia seems overly-delicate, and Theresa is outdated, like a name of someone almost my mom’s age, or of a much older sister of my husband slightly older than me, if he were to have one, and Theresa seems foreign compared to us: it is Spanish, but we are Americans of mainly Germanic and Slavic descent. I think our baby could have been an Olga just as well as an Emma (but my husband and I both love the latter). She seems serious, calm, and happy. Has a large build, light skin, wavy hair that might be called light brown but is expected to get darker, and the same gray eyes as her sisters have. She gets a lot of compliments. (You should post sets of pictures of all babies with each name, for people to see what babies with each name generally look like.)
    2. Sounds pretty, looks pretty, easy to say and spell, has a meaning and a patron saint, stylish and classic. I think it would have been best and most traditional to have chosen a name that Emma is used as a nickname for, for a complete meaning, but we added the middle name Maria, more of one of my husband’s favorites than mine. The names Inga and Saskia are very rare, but a name such as Ermengild I think would have been going too far for him. I thought the nickname Emmy was cute, but he said it reminded him of the Emmy Awards and thus Hollywood, which is too political. So she is just Emma, or Emma Maria. Also, we have several Ingeborgs and a few Emmas in my family tree, and Marias and many Annas, Catherines, Anna Katerinas, etc. on both sides. Saskia is Frisian and some of my husband’s background is Frisian, but no known relatives with that name.
    3. I think I have covered everything. Sorry to have “over-analyzed”. ?

  21. Nine months ago I was sexually assaulted by a family friend me and my family thought we could trust and little Emma was the result of that attack. When I told my mother all she could do was cry and hug me and she helped me tell everyone else in my family what happened to me so that they could report him to the police and cut him and anyone related to him out of their lives. One month after my mother told me to take a pregnancy test and to my horror it came back positive. When I told people who weren’t in my family that I was pregnant they immediately assumed that I was going to have an abortion, every day a prayed to God, St. Anne, The Virgin Mary, and of course, Jesus. After a month of praying I knew that I wouldn’t kill my baby. My mother totally let me decide but was very happy when I told her I wasn’t going to kill my baby and promised to take care of her with me until I graduated and told me that I am always welcome to stay with her even during college. After I came to my decision we went to our church and the priest blessed me and my baby and thanked me for not taking the life away from a beautiful child of God. My pregnancy was hard and painful and I had to do online school for most of it but it is all worth it. I named her Emma MaryAnne Jennifer Johnston. Her first name means a lot to me because my beloved grandmother’s name was Emma and the meaning “whole” felt right to me because the man who assaulted me took something away from me, but Emma made me whole again. Her middle name “MaryAnne” is after St. Mary and St. Anne who I prayed to and helped me decide to keep her and they also guided me through my pregnancy. Her second middle “Jennifer” is after my mother who helped me all through my pregnancy and is the best mother a girl can have. She is already very close with little Emma. I am happy to say that on June 30th 2021 at 11:32 AM I became the mother to my sweet, healthy, baby girl. The day after the man who assaulted me was sentenced to 10 years in prison. My 15th birthday was yesterday and I am healing with happiness, God, my family, and little Emma.
    If you become pregnant accidentally please think things over before you have an abortion, your baby has a heartbeat, a little face, a beautiful laugh and smile. Please do not take a life a away from one of God’s beautiful creations.

    Much love,


    • Beautiful! You should be an inspiration to all young women! Kayleigh, you sound like a strong, smart, beautiful young woman. I’m here because my granddaughter’s name is Emma and now the name is even more lovely. There are somethings that only God can forgive and what that man did to you is one of them. I’m glad that you overcame what happened to you. I’m glad to see a young lady who is against abortion, too many women your age are “pro-choice” aka pro-babymurder. Every girl should read this post! I wish you, your family, and little Emma well.

      • Amen Kayleigh!

        • Beautiful story! There is a special place in Hell for men who assault little girls. I wish you and Emma a long and happy life!

          • This is a nice little Christian bubble on the unholy Internet. God bless you all! My granddaughter was saved by my daughter, she has down syndrome and the doctors almost demanded that she would kill her. I sat down and said, “Jessica Ann, whatever you do I will not be mad, I will be sad, but whatever you do is what you feel is right.” She saved my beautiful daughters life and I am forever thankful. Disabled people are just like everyone else, their life isn’t any less important than a able bodied person. My granddaughter is named Stella Carolyn and she is a beautiful happy girl. Thank you for choosing life for your daughter. God bless you, Emma, and your family.

          • My name is Emma and I was almost harassed and at my age I was glad I was not pregnant

  22. As a young girl, my mom always said she loved the name Emma. For really long time I hated it for some reason! Then when we got pregnant with our girl after having two boys, we were over the moon. We were thinking of Emery, or Everleigh or Eleanor after my grandma who passed but my husband didn’t like either. He said how about Emma. I sat on it for a little while, I tried calling her Everleigh or Emery or Ellie but it always felt odd and off. I always came back to Emma. She is Emma Rose, Rose is after my grandmother. I literally just found this and found out her name means wholeness which is makes it so much more special because she was the missing piece to complete our family! She is our last child, and she made us all whole. ? Absolutely love her name.

    • My daughter was born 6/12/22. Her name is Emma Rose. I thought inhad a dream where everyone kept calling my baby Emma, but I honestly believe now I came up with Emma from falling asleep while watching the TV show friends. The episodes where Rachel has a daughter named Emma must have found a way into my dreams..lol Rose was my great grandmother’s name. I never met her, just pictures.

    • my cousin is named Emma Rose as well!

  23. Just like the name and boyfriend dose to

  24. Just like the name

  25. I just the name

  26. I named one of my 38 children Emma, she is quite the a nuisance. I was thinking of feeding her to the demons.

  27. Goes with names of
    My other girls. Pretty, classic, feminine

  28. Loved it since i was a little Girl

  29. Family and friends like it. Its one lettershorter than Grace.

  30. My name is Emma, and i absolutely LOVE that name. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

  31. She is a miracle child! Cause we weren’t expecting her! She was kinda a surprise! She is a happy accident! And we both almost died during birth! I just love the name, we were going to have her name Emily or Elizabeth but her name fits her!

  32. She is named after my husband’s grandma and first name was picked by my grandma

  33. Emma sounds so sweet and beautiful. Emma kay . She fits the name perfect.

  34. I had my sweet baby girl 5 weeks early. She’s been growing stronger every day

  35. It was my grandma’s name, born 100 years earlier (minus 2 weeks), plus, it works in Japanese kanji; my husband is Japanese.

  36. We were having troubles figuring out a name when we came across emma it was a name that kept popping back up so it was like a sign that we should keep that name for our little girl.

  37. I just love it

  38. When I found out that I was pregnant I started searching online for babies names and as soon as I saw Emma name I fall in love with it

  39. My husband and I pick the name because we love the name Emma it’s a really cute name.

  40. My first daughters name is Favour and my second is Emma. I have relations that bear both names. I have always wanted to name my daughters both names even before I got married.

  41. I like Emma besucase it’s a short and easy name

  42. Me and my husband were going threw baby names and I couldn’t pick a girls name.. I had 5 boy names picked and no girl names.. so I told him why don’t you pick the girls name..
    We didn’t know the gender yet and the next day was when we were going to find out..
    So with out hesitation he said “EMMA
    He said he has always loved the name.. and he never knew why he did.. so I said EMMA out loud and my little peanut started kicking..
    so when we found out the gender it was meant to be..
    I love it because of how we came about the name.. she kinda picked it…
    Emma is also our miracle baby.. we got told we weren’t supposed to have kids..
    we got told after giving birth that because of me having slings for my bladder and vag there was 1-10% to be able to get pregnant. We were trying for 5 years I lost 230 lbs and then April we got pregnant but that’s my story about Emma

  43. Emma means “Wholeness” and this pregnancy has been all about soul healing and wholeness in our family. Hours of conversation my husband and I about childhood trauma and how not to bring it into our family. We’ve been healing and finding wholeness!

  44. I just just looked at her and knew she was a Emma and it fit her perfectly

  45. My dad wanted to name me Emma Jane, but my mom thought it was”too hillbilly”. I have always loved that name. When I found out we were having a girl, there was no doubt I wanted that to be her name, although we compromised on her middle name and didn’t use Jane. I like that there are a few nicknames others call her, like Em or Emmy. Some day the meaning of Emma is “Whole; complete”. Which did perfect, because she honestly completes our family.

  46. Me and my husband went round and round on names. I like older names. He wasn’t a big fan of them. He wanted to name her River but spell it Ryver. I do not like that name at all. So one day while sitting in line at McDonald’s I said what about the name Emma? He said yeah I like that name. I wanted to name her Emma Grace but then he insisted we name her Emma Sue after his mom. Her middle name is Sue. So since I picked the first name I went ahead and went with Emma Sue. So that’s how our baby got her name Emma Sue.

  47. We both decided on this name. Yes, it’s a very popular name. But, it’s a good name.

  48. I let her father pick a name for her that we would both love! He chose 1st name: Emma, Middle: Marie I absolutely loved it. After 2 of his great grandmothers one on each side of his family. We couldn’t have picked a better name for her.

  49. It’s an elegant, feminine name, but yet not “pompous”. She can go into this world and be a professional or a tom-boy, or both simultaneously. It’s simple, traditional, and timeless.

  50. I have just always loved the name Emma . My husband’s middle name is Jean , I wanted to use his middle name also. So Emma Jean is her first and middle name. I think it goes well together. I also love this name because it a nice classic.

  51. We chose Emma for two reasons, the first one is that I love the origins and signification of the name (Emmanuel << God with us >> or Hermione from German << Heime >>: << home >>).
    The second is that I wanted to call my baby Eva and Daddy didn’t like it, so for me Emma was a very good compromise! 🙂

  52. Love it all

  53. Love it

  54. We chose to name our daughter Emma because it means “whole.”

    “People with their minds set on you, you keep completely WHOLE, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit.”
    Isaiah 26:3 (MSG)

  55. Emma was my grandmother’s name

  56. Emma is a classic name. It is easy to spell and pronounce and can be shortened or changed to a variety of nicknames as she grows. Emma has German roots and means whole or universal.

  57. My husband and I spent weeks looking through baby names (before we knew it was a girl) and when I saw the name Emma I just stopped and said “that’s it.. it’s a girl and that’s her name!” My husband was a little frustrated that I refused to pick a boy name but I just KNEW that it was a little girl ?

  58. My husband is a HUGE Texas Aggie sports fan and one of the best soccer players they had while we were there was named Emma Smith. Our daughter’s middle name is Sophia, named after my husband’s grandmother.

  59. It was my mother’s middle name.

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