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Gender: F Meaning of Emerson: "son of Emery" Origin of Emerson: German Emerson's Popularity in 2016: #161

The combination of Emily and Emma's popularity -- and the fact that Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher's daughter is named Emerson -- have put this formerly strictly male name, embodying the gravitas of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the limelight for girls.

Shonda Rhimes, creator/producer/writer/director of Grey's Anatomy, has a daughter named Emerson Pearl.

Famous People Named Emerson

Emerson Rose Tenney (b. 1997), daughter of actress Teri Hatcher and Jon Tenney
Emerson Jay Swisher (b. 2013), daughter of Nick and Joanna Garcia-Swisher
Emerson Pearl Rhimes, daughter of American producer/director Shonda Rhimes
Emerson Bradley (b. 2016), daughter of baseball player Jackie Bradley Jr.

Pop Culture References for the name Emerson

Emerson Cole, character in Myra McEntire's Hourglass series
Emerson Jane, daughter in film "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
Emerson Watts, the main character in film "Airhead"
Emerson, jewelery brand