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Gender: F Meaning of Emerson: "son of Emery" Origin of Emerson: German Emerson's Popularity in 2015: #180

The combination of Emily and Emma's popularity -- and the fact that Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher's daughter is named Emerson -- have put this formerly strictly male name, embodying the gravitas of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the limelight for girls.

Shonda Rhimes, creator/producer/writer/director of Grey's Anatomy, has a daughter named Emerson Pearl.

Famous People Named Emerson

Emerson Rose (b. 1997), daughter of Teri Hatcher and Jon Tenney
Emerson Jay Swisher (b. 2013), daughter of Joanna Garcia-Swisher
Emerson Pearl Rhimes, daughter of American producer/director Shonda Rhimes

Pop Culture References for the name Emerson

Emerson Cole, character in Myra McEntire's Hourglass series
Jules (Cameron Diaz) in "What to Expect When You're Expecting" names her baby Emerson Jane
Emerson Watts, the main character in Airhead. Emerson (Em) is seriously injured by an incident and has to swap bodies with a teenage super model
Emerson, jewellery brand