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Gender: Female Meaning of Emma: "universal" Origin of Emma: German Emma's Popularity in 2017: #1

The name Emma is a girl's name of German origin meaning "universal". Emma is ranked #1 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Who's their sibling?".

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Emma has now been the top girls' name in the United States for four years in a row, claiming the crown again for 2017. Emma has done handsprings up the charts thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane Austen's protagonist, along with famous modern Emmas such as Emma Stone and Emma Watson. Parents who have turned from Emily to Emma seeking something more distinctive will have to keep looking.

Emma was given a big boost among popular baby names when it was given to Rachel and Ross's baby on Friends in 2002. It's also at the top of the list of the many fashionable girl names starting with E, which also includes Ella, Eleanor, and Eliza.

Emma is simple but has deep history, is streamlined and modern-feeling yet distinctly feminine. It's hard to find all those qualities combined in one name, which is exactly why so many parents (over 17,000 last year) have chosen Emma and made it the top girls' name.

Parents who love Emma but think it's overexposed have been moving to such alternatives as Amelia, Emilia, Amelie, Emmeline, and Ella. But, of course, these names might be poised to move up and take Emma's place near the top of the list.

A very old royal name well used throughout the centuries (Queen Emma married King Ethelred the Unready in 1002), Emma is also historically associated with Lady Hamilton, the mistress of Lord Nelson and muse of painter George Romney.

It's worth noting that Emma, Emily, and the new British Number 1 Amelia all derive from different roots and have different meanings. But they continue to feel like very similar names.

Three of the hottest young female stars share the name: Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, and Emma (born Emily) Stone.

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Famous People Named Emma

Emma of Normandy, Queen consort of Ethelred the Unread(y) and Cnut the Great of England
Emma of France, Queen consort of Rudolph of Burgundy, King of West Francia
(Adelheid) Emma Wilhelmina Theresia of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William III of the Netherlands
Emma Kalanikaumakaʻamano Kaleleonālani Naʻea Rooke, Queen consort of Kamehameha IV of Hawaii
Emma Tremblay, American actress
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson, English actress
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone, American actress
Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-American socialist and labor organizer
Emma Thompson, English actress
Emma Louise Slater, English dancer
Emma Donoghue, Irish novelist and playwright
(Carolyn) Emma Kirkby, English operatic soprano
Emma, Princess of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym; Princess consort George II of Waldeck and Pyrmont; mother of Queen Emma of the Netherlands
Emma Lazarus, American poet
Emma Louise Hewitt, Australian singer-songwriter
Emma Moore, English actress
Emma Caulfield, American actress
Emma Kate Lahana, New Zealand actress
Emma of Austrasia, daughter of Theudebert II and possibly wife of Eadbald of Kent
Emma Hale Smith Bidamon, first wife of American Mormon leader Joseph Smith
Emma Lockhart, American actress
Emma Hart Willard, American suffragist and educator
Emma De Caunes, French actress
Emma Catherine Rigby, English actress
Emma Ferguson, English actress
Emma Kristina Degerstedt, American actress
Emma Dumont (born Emma Noelle Roberts), American actress
Emma Jean Bell, American actress
Emma Myles, American actress
Emma Wedgwood Darwin, wife of biologist Charles Darwin
Emma Lee Bunton aka Baby Spice, English singer of the Spice Girls
Emma Howard, American actress
Emma Louise Blackery, British vlogger
Emma Härdelin, Swedish musician of Garmarna and Triakel, daughter of violinist Thore Härdelin
Emma, Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe; daughter of Prince George William
Emma Louise Willis, English TV Presenter
Emma Reed Martelli, American child model
Emma McKeon, Australian swimmer
Emma Johansson, Swedish cyclist
Emma Tonegato, Australian rugby player
Emma Hellenkamp, American dancer and model
Emma Mitchell, Scottish football player
Emma Greer DiBiase, American Internet personality
Emma Katherine Walton-Hamilton, English actress; daughter of actress Julie Andrews
Emma Chawner, Scottish singer; daughter of TV presenter Lorraine Kelly
Emma Ashley, daughter of fashion designer Laura Ashley
Emma Frances Gough (b. 1953), daughter of actor Michael Gough
Emma Kristen Walsh (b. 1971), daughter of musician Joe Walsh
Emma Beth Bloomberg Frissora (b. 1979), daughter of politician Michael Bloomberg
Emma Ruck (b. 1987), daughter of actor Alan Ruck
Emma Raacke (b. 1991), daughter of actors Natja Brunckhorst and Dominic Raacke
Emma Rose Raimi (b. 1994), daughter of director Sam Raimi and Gillian Greene
Emma Taylor (b. 1997), daughter of musician Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones
Emma Justine McBride (b. 1998), daughter of singer Martina McBride
Emma Claire Edwards (b. 1998), daughter of politicians John and Elizabeth Edwards
Emma Scarlet Faldo (b. 2003), daughter of golfer Nick Faldo
Emma Scott (b. 2001), daughter of actor Eric Scott
Emma Paula Vanderloo (b. 2004), daughter of Dutch actors Robine van der Meer and Mark Vanderloo
Emma Yoshiko Hedican (b. 2005), daughter of skater Kristi Yamaguchi and ice hockey player Bret Hedican
Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (b. 2006), daughter of Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau
Emma Tallulah Behn (b. 2007), daughter of Princess Martha Louise of Norway
Emma Rose Lima, daughter of producer Brenda Chapman; inspiration for Merida of Pixar's "Brave"
Emma Cecile Rigonat (b. 2009), daughter of singer Elisa and Andrea Rigonat
Emma Metzelder (b. 2009), daughter of footballer Christoph Metzelder
Emma Elizabeth Biffle (b. 2011), daughter of NASCAR driver Greg Biffle
Emma Alonso Aranburu (b. 2013), daughter of footballer Xabi Alonso
Emma Marie Charlotte Sophie (b. 2015), Princess of Prussia; daughter of Prince Georg Friedrich
Emma Deru, daughter of vlogger Julie Deru
Emma Rantalla, Finnish rhythmic gymnast
Emma González, Parkland, FL shooting survivor and activist

Pop Culture References for the name Emma

Emma Woodhouse, main character in "Emma" by Jane Austen
Emma Pillsbury, character on TV's Glee
Emma Swan, character on TV's Once Upon a Time
Emma Ross, character on TV's "Jessie"
Emma Frost, character in X-Men comics
Emma Cordelia Carstairs, character in The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices series
Emma Bovary, main character in "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
"Emma Zunz," short story by Jorge Luis Borges
Emma Geller-Green, Ross & Rachel's daughter on TV's Friends
Emma Becker, character in The Lying Game series
Emma Jane Hawthorne, character in Mother-Daughter Book Club series
Emma Tolly, a character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Emma Ryland, character on TV's Dallas
Emma Alonso, main character on TV's Every Witch Way
Emma Gilbert, main character on H2O: Just Add Water
Emma Scorpio-Drake, character on soap General Hospital
Emma Bloom, character in 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'
Emma Nelson, character on TV's Degrassi: the Next Generation
Emma Peel, character on TV's The Avengers
Aunt Emma, character in movie The Wolf of Wall Street
Emma Horton, character from the movie Terms of Endearment
Emma Ravenhearst, character in video game "Mystery case files"
Emma Chota, character on TV's "Red Band Society"
Emma Hatch, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Di. L. Emma Riddle, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Emma Tuttweiler, character on TV's The Suite Life on Deck
Emma, character in book/movie ''Blue is The Warmest Colour''
Emma Castelli, character on TV's "Alex & Co."
Emma Wheeler, character on TV's Baby Daddy
Emma Duval, main character on MTV's "Scream"
Emma, a LEGO Friends character
"Emma", song by Imagine Dragons
"For Emma, Forever Ago," album by Bon Iver
Emma Geller, character from Netflix's "Greenhouse Academy"
Emma Agreste/Dupain-Cheng, imaginary daughter of Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agrest in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir