Emma (first name)

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Emma is a female given name .

Origin and meaning of the name

Emma is an independent name, but can also be used as a short form of names that contain the Old High German word erm (en) , irm (en) ("all-encompassing").


In the last years of the 19th and the first of the 20th century Emma was one of the ten most frequently given female first names in Germany. The popularity of the name continued to decline in the period that followed. Since the mid-1990s, there has been another sharp rise in its popularity. Since the end of the 2000s, the name has been back in the "Top 10" of the frequency statistics and in 2014 Emma reached number 1 in the statistics.


Name days

Well-known namesake

Fictional people

Web links

Wiktionary: Emma  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations


  1. Patrick Hanks, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges: A Dictionary of First Names . 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 , pp. 90-91 (English).
  2. Statistics on "Popular first names"