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Gender: Male Meaning of Emmett: "universal" Origin of Emmett: English masculine variation of Emma, German Emmett's Popularity in 2017: #125

The name Emmett is a boy's name of Hebrew, German, English origin meaning "universal". Emmett is ranked #125 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

Emmett, honest and sincere, laid-back and creative, is on the rise as a male cognate of the megapopular Emma and Emily, not to mention being a character in the popular Twilight series.

Emmett originated in England as a masculine diminutive of the German Emma; the Hebrew characters pronounced eh-MEHT mean truth, so that might be considered another definition. Emmet is another, less popular spelling.

The death of young Emmett Till helped spark the civil rights movement.

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Famous People Named Emmett

Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin, Jr., American actor
Emmett Leo Kelly aka Weary Willie, American circus performer
Emmett Carleton King, American actor
Emmett John Scanlan, Irish actor
Emmett E. Rogers, American baseball player
Emmett Till, American teenager whose murder helped spark the American Civil Rights Movement
Emmett Watson, American journalist
Emmett Andrew McCusker, Canadian politician
Emmett Sparks (b. 2009), son of actors Annie Parisse and Paul Sparks
Emmett Andrew Brower (b. 2010), son of actress Sarah Jane Morris and Ned Brower
Emmett Emmanual Hesketh (b. 2011), son of actress Spencer Grammer and James Hesketh; grandson of actor Kelsey Grammer

Pop Culture References for the name Emmett

Emmett, character in film "Silverado"
Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown, character in the "Back to the Future" series
Emmett Cullen, character in the "Twilight" saga
Emmett Honeycutt, character on TV's "Queer as Folk"
Emmett Bledsoe, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
"Emmett's Mark," 2002 movie
Emmett Richmond/Forrest, character in film "Legally Blonde"
Emmett Clark, the fix it man on TV's "Mayberry RFD"
Emmett Heglin, PJ Duncan's best friend on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"
Simon Emmett, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
Emmett, main character in film "The Lego Movie"

Emmett, Emmit, Emmitt


MonikerWanderer Says:


What's wrong with that association? If the name were associated with a bad movie or person, it would be understandable. But a connection to a creative, brave, and smart animated character is nothing to be ashamed of.

LV51sfan91 Says:


I don't get this name. It's to close to Emma and Emily for my taste. Em is not a masculine nickname at all!

BeccaBaker Says:


Great Scott! I can't think of anyone but Emmett Brown when I hear this name..

headintheclouds Says:


One of the good or bad things, depending on how you look at it, to come from Twilight is that the name Emmett, among many other forgotten gems, has been brought back into the mainstream consciousness. Emmett belongs to the old-but-new club, being a name that has roots and history, yet sounds very fresh and modern for today. It also has a gregarious ring to it, and I really appreciate that it's one of the rare boy names that originated from a girl's name- it would be a wonderful way to honor an Emma as a namesake.

Michaela Says:


Emmett Brown is a great namesake!

Sarastarnamenerd Says:


Love this name but am worried about the Lego movie association.

ThistleThorn Says:


This is one of the first masculine variations of a name that I've every heard. Usually you hear feminine versions of names like Theodora and Charlotte. But, I love Emmett.

kiwipop Says:


Everything isn't awesome!
-kiwipop of the 2000s

JessicaRK467 Says:


I feel your pain! :-)
-Jessica of the 80s

alexandramae Says:


I can see it being used as an honor to him. I'd definitely do that if I felt it were my place.

Guest Says:


I would like this name more if not for the tragedy that happened to Emmett Till :( That's all I think about when I hear this name unfortunately. *sigh*

clairels Says:


Sounds like a toothless squirrel-eating redneck. Beckett or Elliot would be a little better.

Guest Says:


Hoping this name loses popularity!! We love it!!
-Jennifer of the 80s

caroblaise Says:


This is a good name, but it reminds me of the word "emit"...