Sunday, December 16, 2012

Usual Nickname, Unexpected Name--Emma/Emmy

Yet another "nickname" that's actually a full name in its own right. Emma is definitely a hot name right now, and not just in the US--it's a top 100 name in more than a dozen countries! So, even though it is a full name, wanting a more uncommon given name is understandable. Quite a few names that lead to Emma/Emmie are already common in the US, or fast on the rise (Emily, Emilia, Emery, Emerson, Emmelyn, Ember).
So, what else can we find...?

  • Emanuela (eh-man-WEL-ah, Italian)--from Hebrew, "God is with us". French form is Emmanuelle
  • Embla (EM-blah, Scandinavian)
  • Emerald (EM-er-ald, English)
  • Emerentia (em-ehr-ENTZ-ee-ah, German)--from Latin, "praiseworthy"
  • Emerita (em-eh-REE-tah, German)--from Latin, "respected"
  • Emese (EM-eh-sheh, Hungarian)
  • Emika (eh-mee-kah, Japanese)
  • Emina (eh-MEE-nah)--Bosnian, from Arabic, "truthful"; Scandinavian, form of Emma.
  • Emira (eh-MEER-ah, Bosnian)--from Arabic, "commander"
  • Emperatriz (em-peh-rah-TREEZ, Spanish)--"empress"

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