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Pronunciation

ɛmə

Origin

English, German, Spanish, Italian, Scandinavian, French, Dutch, Finnish

Meaning

Short and sweet for a reason, Emma is actually the abbreviated form of all the old German names that began with 'ermen', which means 'universal'. This hugely popular name has both a regal and a literary past. In the 11th century, Emma was the queen consort of England, Denmark, and Norway, all at once! Later Emmas figure in Matthew Prior's poem 'Henry and Emma', which popularized the name, and of course in Jane Austen's romantic novel 'Emma'.

Rank in the year 2015

Emma was ranked #1 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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