Old French form of archaic German Amal

Emmeline Origin and Meaning

The name Emmeline is a girl's name of German, French, English origin meaning "work".

Emmeline is an Emma relative and Emily cousin that is destined for greater use in the wake of the megapopularity of those two names. A recommended Nameberry fave, Emmeline hopped onto the US Top 1000 in 2014 for the first time ever. While it is genuinely an old name, it was rarely used a century ago; only 17 baby girls were named Emmeline in 1915, the same number as were named Ernie!

A popular medieval name, Emmeline was introduced to Britain by the Normans. It appeared as a character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, and is famous in Britain as the name of the illustrious suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst. Way back in 1980, it was the name of young Brooke Shields's innocent character in The Blue Lagoon. More recently, Emmeline Vance was a witch in the Harry Potter series.

Christian Bale has a daughter named Emmeline.

# 948 in the US

Emmeline Rank in US Top 1000

# 187 on Nameberry

Emmeline Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Emmeline Popularity

Famous People Named Emmeline

  • Emmeline Blanche Woodward Harris Whitney WellsAmerican journalist and poet
  • Emmeline PankhurstEnglish suffragette
  • Emmeline PethickLawrence, Baroness Pethick,Lawrence, English feminist
  • Emmeline NdongueFrench Olympic basketball player
  • Emmeline StuartWortley, English poet and writer
  • Emmeline Bale (b. 2005)daughter of actor Christian Bale

Emmeline in Pop Culture

  • "EmmelineThe Orphan of the Castle," novel by Charlotte Turner Smith and its main character
  • Emmeline Vancecharacter from the 'Harry Potter' series
  • Emmelinecharacter in 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Emmeline Hartfordcharacter in "The House At Riverton" by Kate Morton
  • Emmeline Lestrangecharacter in the original novel/film "The Blue Lagoon"
  • Emmeline Moshercharacter in novel "Emmeline" by Judith Rossner
  • Emmeline Harrisa character from the 'Anne of Green Gables' series
  • Emmeline Grangerfordcharacter in novel "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
  • Emmeline Marchcharacter in novel "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield
  • "Emmeline" a song by Bruno Merz