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Gender: F Pronunciation: JEM-mah Meaning of Gemma: "precious stone" Origin of Gemma: Italian Gemma's Popularity in 2012: #317

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Gemma is a jewel of a name, an Italian classic that was very popular in 1980s England, but has only recently been started to be used here; it entered the list in 2008, and is already at 317.

Coming from a medieval Italian nickname for a precious gem, Gemma was the name of Dante's wife and was borne by a nineteenth century saint.

Gemma is the name of the character played by Katey Sagal on Sons of Anarchy, and actress Catherine Bell has a daughter called Gemma, as does Kristin Davis.

Bottom line: A stylish cousin of Emma and Jenna.

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Famous People Named Gemma

Gemma Arterton, English actress
Saint Gemma Galgani, Italian mystic
Gemma Hayes, Irish singer/songwriter, member of The Cake Sale
Gemma (b. 2003), daughter of Catherine Bell
Gemma Rose (b. 2011), daughter of Kristin Davis
Gemma Ward, Australian supermodel and actress
Gemma Styles, older sister of singer Harry Styles
Gemma Collins, cast member on The Only Way Is Essex
Gemma, daughter of English actress Caroline Goodall

Pop Culture References for the Name Gemma

Gemma Teller Morrow, a character on "Sons of Anarchy"
Gemma, fashion shoe brand
Gemma Doyle, main character in the "Gemma Doyle" trilogy by Libba Bray
Gemma Bird, daughter of Miss James, author of the Bleubird Vintage blog. Nicknamed "Birdie"
Gemma T. Leslie, character in "Fangirl"
Gemma Simmons, character in Marvel's "Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D."

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