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QUICK FACTS ON Emma

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: English, French, German
  • Popularity: 56
  • Simple Meaning: Whole, universal, complete

CHARACTERISTICS OF Emma

Energetic
Adventurous
Creative
Versatile
Independent

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PERSONALITY OF THE PERSON NAMED Emma

As an Emma, you are an energetic soul, always seeking new opportunities and experiences. Your versatility and creativity—especially in music and art—lead you towards many new adventures, and you always seem willing to take the risks necessary to realize your potential. At the same time, you fiercely protect your freedom and independence because you don’t want anyone standing in the way of opportunities, no matter how impractical they might seem to others. For this reason, you prefer to maintain your distance rather than become involved in too many close relationships.

You have a quick and clever mind and a driven nature that give you great abilities in sales, marketing, and advertising. Because you are so exceptionally clever and quick, it’s important to remember to be patient with others who may not be quite as bright as you. It’s also important to stay patient with yourself. Take it easy . . . relax a bit. Fight the depression and discouragement that comes with things taking longer than you might expect. Sometimes it takes time for dreams to come true . . . but stick with them, and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!

HISTORICAL ORIGIN – Emma

The name Emma originated with a number of ancient Germanic names such as Irmengarde and Ermintrude, which then evolved into German names such as Erman, Irmen, or Irma. These all come from the German word meaning “universal.” These later evolved into the girls’ name Hemma which came to England and Norman France by way of the Vikings. Later the silent first “H” was dropped, and the spelling became Emma.

POPULARITY OF THE NAME Emma

Emma was extremely popular in the U.S. in the 1800s and early 1900s. It fell out of vogue a bit in the 1940s, and it declined to its low point in the 60s and 70s. It started regaining popularity in the 1980s until it reached the very top of the charts at the turn of the 21st century, even reaching #1 in 2008. Emma is also extremely popular in other English-speaking countries, with a #2 ranking in Canada in 2010, a #3 rank in Ireland, a #17 rank in Australia, and a #48 rank in England.

FAMOUS PEOPLE NAMED Emma

British actress Emma Thompson heads our list of famous Emmas. She is known especially for her roles as Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter movies, as Nanny McPhee, and for roles in Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually. Of course, Harry Potter’s most famous Emma is another British actress, Emma Watson. Emma Watson played Harry’s best friend and very bright witch Hermione Granger from the very first Harry Potter movie through the last. A final entry on our list of famous Emmas is a well-known American poet, Emma Lazarus, whose famous poem "The New Colossus", appears on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

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