The name EMMA means ‘WHOLE’ or ‘UNIVERSAL’.
Emma derives from the Germanic word ‘ermen’ and is the product of a long evolution of Germanic names such as ‘Ermintrude’ and ‘Irmengarde’.
It is an old royal name, well used throughout the centuries. The name Emma was first introduced by Vikings conquerors to Britain. Duke Richard of Normandy named his daughter Hemma. She later became Emma of Normandy, who was the wife both of King Ethelred II (and by him the mother of Edward the Confessor) and later of King Canute. Due to the spelling reform in the 19th century, Hemma turned into Emma.
Emma is also used as a diminutive of Emmeline, Amelia or any other name beginning with “em”.
The name Emma increased in popularity due to Jane Austen’s title character Emma. In this novel, Emma represents coming of age: learning to be gracious, kind and charitable towards others as she blossoms into a beautiful woman of wit and charm.
Famous people who share the name Olivia:
Emma Watson, Emma Roberts and Emma Stone. All of which are current actresses, highly esteemed and successful. The name Emma is also borne by an 11th-century Austrian saint, who is often referred to as Hemma.
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