Origin/meaning: German, "Universal"
Why it's a top name: Emma's meaning holds the basis of its appeal: it's universally liked and known. It fell out of favor during the '60s and 70s but has yo-yoed in the top five since 2002. The name's sweet and smart nature will keep it in vogue for a while longer.
Emmas you might know:
- The title character in Jane Austen's eponymous novel (pictured)
- Harry Potter actress Emma Watson
- Statue of Liberty poet Emma Lazarus