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Gender: Female Meaning of Emmeline: "work" Origin of Emmeline: Old French form of archaic German Amal Emmeline's Popularity in 2017: #754

The name Emmeline is a girl's name of German, French, English origin meaning "work". Emmeline is ranked #754 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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Emmeline

Emmeline Blanche Woodward Harris Whitney Wells, American journalist and poet
Emmeline Pankhurst, English suffragette
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Baroness Pethick-Lawrence, English feminist
Emmeline Ndongue, French Olympic basketball player
Emmeline Stuart-Wortley, English poet and writer
Emmeline Bale (b. 2005), daughter of actor Christian Bale

Pop Culture References for the name Emmeline

"Emmeline, The Orphan of the Castle," novel by Charlotte Turner Smith and its main character
Emmeline Vance, character from the 'Harry Potter' series
Emmeline, character in 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Emmeline Hartford, character in "The House At Riverton" by Kate Morton
Emmeline Lestrange, character in the original novel/film "The Blue Lagoon"
Emmeline Mosher, character in novel "Emmeline" by Judith Rossner
Emmeline Harris, a character from the 'Anne of Green Gables' series
Emmeline Grangerford, character in novel "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Emmeline March, character in novel "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield
"Emmeline," a song by Bruno Merz