Emma

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Brought to England by the Normans; short form of compound given names beginning with a Frankish prototheme Ermin- or Irmin- "entire".

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Emma

  1. A female given name.
    • 1854 Matthew Hall: The Queens Before the Conquest: page 259-260:
      Both Saxon and Norman chroniclers unite in representing the youthful Queen Emma as in a peculiar degree gifted with elegance and beauty; so that many flattering epithets had been bestowed on her - as "the Pearl," "the Flower," or "the Fair Maid" of Normandy.
    • 1917 Carl Van Vechten: Interpreters and Interpretations. A.A.Knopf,1917. page 92:
      Emma Calvé...since Madame Bovary the name Emma suggests a solid bourgeois foundation, a country family...Emma Eames, a chilly name...a wind from the East.
    • 1980 Barbara Pym: A Few Green Leaves ISBN 0060805498 page 8:
      The cottage now belonged to Emma's mother Beatrix, who was a tutor in English literature at a women's college, specialising in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novel. This may have accounted for Emma's Christian name, for it had seemed to Beatrix unfair to call her daughter Emily, a name associated with her grandmother's servants rather than the author of The Wuthering Heights, so Emma had been chosen, perhaps with the hope that some of the qualities possessed by the heroine of the novel might be perpetuated.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used in England since the Norman Conquest, fashionable in the 19th century, and again in the U.K. from the 1970s to the 1990s, and in the U.S.A. in the 1990s and the 2000s.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Emma.

Proper noun[edit]

Emma

  1. A female given name.

References[edit]

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 21 325 females with the given name have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 2000s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.

Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Emma.

Proper noun[edit]

Emma

  1. A female given name.

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Emma.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈemːɑ]
  • Hyphenation: Em‧ma

Proper noun[edit]

Emma

  1. A female given name.

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Popular in Finland at the end of the 19th century and again in the 2000s.

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French[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Emma f

  1. A female given name, cognate with the English Emma.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Popular in France in the 2000s.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Short form of compound female given names beginning with Proto-Germanic *ermana, Proto-Germanic *irmina "whole, entire".

Proper noun[edit]

Emma

  1. A female given name.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Name of medieval German saints and queens. Popular in Germany in the 19th century and becoming popular in the 2000s.

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First recorded as a given name of Latvians in 1852. From German Emma.

Proper noun[edit]

Emma f

  1. A female given name.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Popular in Latvia in the end of the 19th century

References[edit]

  • Klāvs Siliņš: Latviešu personvārdu vārdnīca. Riga "Zinātne" 1990, ISBN 5-7966-0278-0
  • [2] Population Register of Latvia: Emma was the only given name of 687 persons in Latvia on May 21st 2010.

Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Emma. First recorded in Norway in the 1790s.

Proper noun[edit]

Emma

  1. A female given name.

References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  • [3] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 8 241 females with the given name Emma living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 2000s. Accessed on 19 May, 2011.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Emma. First recorded in Sweden in 1766.

Proper noun[edit]

Emma c

  1. A female given name.

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References[edit]

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, ISBN 91-21-10937-0
  • [4] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, ISBN 9119551622: 69 488 females with the given name Emma living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with frequency peaks in the 19th century and in the 2000s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.