Emma – University of Copenhagen


How many girls were given this name in 2009?



Emma is an English and German short form of names compounded with the word Erm- (Irmin-) meaning 'entire', 'huge' or 'universal'.


New parents first really spotted the name Emma around 1990, and its popularity culminated in 1998, when as many as 1047 girls received this name. In the last decade the name’s popularity has been decreasing slightly.

Well-known bearers of the name

Emma Gad wrote the book Takt og Tone ('Tact and Manners'), Jane Austen's novel Emma (1816) was filmed in the middle of the 1990s with Gwyneth Paltrow playing the leading part. Emma Thompson and Emma Watson are well-known actresses bearing the name.


Emma is a name which is very popular all over the world, i.e. in Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, USA, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Hungary and Spain.