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Gender: F Meaning of Emma: "universal" Origin of Emma: German Emma's Popularity in 2013: #2

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Emma is the Number 2 name, having done handsprings up the popularity charts thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane Austen's protagonist. So parents who have turned from Emily to Emma seeking something more distinctive will have to keep looking.

The name was given a big boost when it was given to Rachel and Ross's baby on Friends in 2002.

That's not to say that Emma isn't a wonderful name for your baby girl. It's 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 seventeen thousand last year) have chosen Emma.

Parents who love Emma but think it's overexposed have been moving to such alternatives as Amelia and Emilia, Amelie, Emmeline, and Ella. But keep in mind that those are 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.

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Famous People Named Emma

Emma Watson, English actress and model
Emma Roberts, American actress
Emma Weinstein, daughter of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein
Emma Thompson, English actress
Emma Farrell, British freediver
Emma Slater, British dancer
Emma Donoghue, playwright
Emma Kirkby, singer
Emma Lazarus, poet
Emma Bloomberg, daughter of former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg
Emma Hewitt, singer
Emma Johnson, musician
Emma Koenig, sister of Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig
Emma Caulfield, American actress
Emma Lahana, actress
Emma Lockhart, American actress
Emma Willard, suffragette
Emma De Caunes, French actress
Emma Rigby, actress
Emma Goldman, anarchist, political activist, and writer
Emma Hiddleston, actress and sister of Tom Hiddleston
Emma Heming, model
Emma Willis, British TV presenter
Emma Goldman, turn-of-the-century labour organizer and socialist
Emma Green, Swedish athlete
Emma Ferguson, English actress
Emma Degerstedt, American actress
Emma Dumont, American actress
Emma Bell, American actress
Emma Wedgwood Darwin, wife of biologist Charles Darwin
Emma Stone, American actress (born Emily)
Emma Bunton, Baby Spice from the British girl group Spice Girls.
Emma of Normandy, English queen consort and wife to first King Ethelred the unread(y) and then King Cnut the great
Emma Myles, actress
Emma of Austrasia, daughter of Theudebert II and possibly wife of Eadbald of Kent
Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1858–1934), Queen consort of William III of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Emma Tallulah Behn, daughter of Princess Martha Louise of Norway
Emma Howard, American Broadway actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Emma

Emma Woodhouse, eponymous heroine of Emma by Jane Austen
Emma Bovary, title character of Flaubert's Madame Bovary
Emma Zunz, short story by Jorge Luis Borges
Emma, Sutton's twin sister in The Lying Game
Emma Jane Hawthorne, character in Mother-Daughter Book Club
Emma Tolly, from Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone series
Emma Cordelia Carstairs, character in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices series of books.
Emma Geller Greene, Ross & Rachel's daughter on Friends
Emma Ryland, character from TV series Dallas
Emma Gilbert, protagonist from H2O: Just Add Water
Emma Pillsbury, character from Glee
Emma Swan, from Once Upon a Time
Emma Ross, on the TV series Jessie
Emma Scorpio-Drake, character on General Hospital
Emma Nelson, character on Degrassi: the Next Generation
Emma Peel, character on The Avengers TV show
Emma Tuttweiler, character on The Suite Life on Deck
Aunt Emma, character in The Wolf of Wall Street
Emma Horton, from the movie Terms of Endearment
Emma, a film from 1996
"Emma", song by Imagine Dragons
Emma Frost, a Marvel universe mutant
Emma is also a diminuative of Emmanuelle/Emmanuella
Emma Ravenhearst, character from the Ravenhearst series in Big Fish games' Mystery case files

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