Emmett, honest and sincere, laid-back and creative, is on the rise as a male cognate of the megapopular Emma and Emily, not to mention being a character in the popular Twilight series (Like Cullen, Emmett skyrocketed up more than 200 spots in 2009 and has since risen to Number 186). Emmett originated in England as a masculine diminutive of the German Emma and also means truth in Hebrew. Emmet is another, less popular spelling.
The death of young Emmett Till helped spark the civil rights movement.
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Emmett has had an interesting and unusual gender history. A long-obscure masculinization of Emma, Emmett is now rising as a boys' name as a companion to the very popular Emma and Emily. And at the same time, Emmett itself is seen by a handful of parents as a new spin for girls on those uber-popular choices. While the Emmet spelling might still seem most masculine, the extra T in Emmett does make it seem girl-appropriate. Emmette is an even more feminine spelling.