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Gender: Male Meaning of Emerson: "son of Emery" Origin of Emerson: German Emerson's Popularity in 2018: #281

Emerson Origin and Meaning

The name Emerson is a boy's name of German origin meaning "son of Emery".

Emerson is a dignified, somewhat serious name associated with transcendental thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson. Much more popular now for girls since Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher used it for her daughter, it is definitely still a viable boys name.

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Popularity

Rank in US: #281

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Comments

ParanoidAndroid Says:

2019-12-22T17:31:55

This was a name once culminating in popularity around the days of Ralph Waldo Emerson and lasting for a few more decades. Now, Emerson is returning in popularity higher than ever before, and for good reason. It’s a sophisticated name with plenty of worthy namesakes. Just don’t name your child this if she’s a girl. How anyone can think of this name as a girl’s name is beyond my comprehension.

alleigh76 Says:

2018-03-11T02:46:56

For what it's worth, my grandfather got teased about Emerson sounding too "girly" back in the 50s (and they'd call him "Emmy"), so the idea of it sounding feminine is hardly new. It is a softer-sounding name that's similar to an extremely common girl's name.

I don't think it's feminine-sounding enough to be considered a true "girl" name, but alongside girls named Jordan and Dylan, it fits in pretty well. Like those names, I also don't think it's completely lost to the girls, but for a boy, it feels a lot more old-fashioned than those two, and the "Emmy" factor makes it a little iffier.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-14T19:43:11

I think it would be fine for either sex. I would guess that some parents are seeking alternatives to Emma and Emily. I would tend to suggest Emerald, but Emerson is okay. Emmy is super cute.

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-11-14T18:15:19

This is certainly a boys name. A very handsome one I may add. The reason why any expecting parent would think that Emerson is any way feminine baffles me. If you are debating Emerson for your baby girl, try using much prettier variants Emma, Emmeline, Emery, Emilia, Emmanuelle, Emelyn, Emerald and Emiliana. Leave this name to the boys. Please.

Tillie_Jay Says:

2016-08-21T05:05:24

One of my best friend's names. Yes, he's a boy.

MacyOfficial Says:

2016-06-04T00:05:07

Preach

Rhianna Says:

2016-05-14T03:07:28

Emerson is my son's name! Fell in love with it before I knew 100% that he was a boy and I considered using it if he turned out to be a girl, but I don't know. It's a boy name to me. I met two female Emersons after deciding on his name and I still think it's better as a boy's name. Literally has the word "son" in it!

glitterandrocknroll Says:

2015-10-06T04:36:02

Thank you for saying this. I don't understand the argument that a name is "too masculine for a girl" or "too feminine for a boy." Sure, there are some names I'll only see as strictly female (like Sarah) or strictly male (like Connor), but even so, there's nothing wrong with being masculine or feminine and there's nothing wrong with it bridging the gap.

Revlon Says:

2015-10-06T03:32:28

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being feminine, masculine, or anything on the spectrum no matter what sex you identify with.

Nicole Bazzell Says:

2015-10-06T00:12:26

My son's name is emmerson and in no way is feminine at all... That is a really mean comment to make. I think the name can be used either way like Charlie Casey Corey and lots of others!

Nicole Bazzell Says:

2015-10-06T00:09:34

I named my son Emerson this year knowing it is coming up as a female name.. I love it

oceanmindedmama Says:

2015-08-03T00:24:34

"I feel so bad for boys with this name." wow how rude.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2015-03-28T00:05:42

I wholeheartedly recommend Emerson for a son!

Guest Says:

2014-11-19T07:32:56

I hate the fact that everyone's bashing this name for a girl because of the meaning, but everyone loves the name Charlotte which is super popular and means 'free MAN'

Guest Says:

2014-11-17T02:18:33

For some names I just throw in the towel. The son names are going to the girls 😩. I really don't like the name, I much prefer Emery. When I hear Emerson I think of Ralph Waldo Emerson. But again, I'm throwing in the towel. ✋

KeepSwimmming Says:

2014-11-11T00:10:21

Emerson, Madison, Addison, Allison....all girls names now. I'm sure more will follow!

MaryRoseH Says:

2014-11-11T00:06:19

It sounds and looks like a girls name. I feel so bad for boys with this name. Unless you want them to be feminine. Maybe you should get out of the 20th century. Women can also vote now and own houses!

Laura Says:

2014-10-24T01:18:19

I honestly cannot wrap my head around the fact that people think this in any way sounds like a female name....it really is just beyond me. All the time I see the parent plans to call a female Emerson 'Emmy', so it sounds like people want an unusual name for their daughter but then want to actually call them something traditional
And girly...whereas for a boy Emerson is Emerson. Masculine and classic in my opinion. People can name their child whatever they choose but all the comments I'm seeing on Emerson being a "girl's name" is actually starting to get to me because it is not. It is traditionally a boys name. If you want to use it for your daughter that's wonderful, but that doesn't automatically make it a girls name

Guest Says:

2014-10-24T01:14:32

I honestly cannot wrap my head around the fact that people think this in any way sounds like a female name....it really is just beyond me. All the time I see the parent plans to call a female Emerson 'Emmy', so it sounds like people want an unusual name for their daughter but then want to actually call them something traditional
And girly...whereas for a boy Emerson is Emerson. Masculine and classic in my opinion. People can name their child whatever they choose but all the comments I'm seeing on Emerson being a "girl's name" is actually starting to get to me because it is not. It is traditionally a boys name. If you want to use it for your daughter go for it, but that does not make it a "girl's name". Sorry, I love Emerson for a boy and this has been rubbing me the wrong way for a while!

coffeeplease Says:

2014-10-13T05:30:42

Emerson is one of my favorite boy names. So distinguished and handsome.

Countrybelle7 Says:

2014-09-07T03:50:56

Girl name.