Gender: Male Meaning of Emmett: "universal" Origin of Emmett: English masculine variation of Emma, German Emmett's Popularity in 2018: #114

Emmett Origin and Meaning

The name Emmett is a boy's name of Hebrew, German, English origin meaning "universal".

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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Rank in US: #114

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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"...