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Names to Substitute for Emma

Emma is a lovely classic name that, after several years in the Top Ten, may deserve a rest. If you like Emma but want something more distinctive, consider these choices.

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  • Ada

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Ada is one of the classic baby names for girls that is suddenly super stylish again. A favorite at the end of the nineteenth century, Ada is an alternative to... Read More 

  • Alma

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more.

    In addition to... Read More 

  • Amabel

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Amabel is an older name than Annabel and a lot more distinctive. Amabel was a very common name in the twelfth and thirteen centuries, then was revived during the nineteenth century British fad for... Read More 

  • Anya

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Anya is an exotic Russian version that succeeds in making Ann dynamic.

    Anya is the form found most frequently in Russia, Poland and other East European countries, while Anja is the... Read More 

  • Eliza

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Eliza is one of our favorite names; we love its combination of streamlined modernity and Eliza Doolittle charm and spunk, and offer Eliza as one of our top recommendations. It's both a classic and... Read More 

  • Ella

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Following in the path of Emma and Isabella/Bella, Ella shot up the charts in the new millennium: it rose from Number 265 in 2000 to a high of Number 15 in 2013 and has stayed just outside the US... Read More 

  • Emilia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Emilia, the lovely feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative. Its one problem is that it sounds like and is often seen as interchangeable with Amelia,... Read More 

  • Emmeline

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Emory

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Less popular than Emery, this name also attributes to Emory University. Both spellings of the name lean more heavily to the girls' side, but this one is not quite as unbalanced.Read More 

  • Esme

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Esmé is a sophisticated, distinctive, and charming J. D. Salinger name, from his classic 1950 story For Esmé, With Love and Squalor. Related to the French Aimee, which means beloved, and... Read More 

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