Thursday

emma?

I have always loved it, always planned on using it, but of course it's THE most popular name per all the lists. Jon loves it too. It was his favorite before we realized how popular it is.

But is it so classic that it transcends popularity lists? Or is every little girl you know named Emma?

(I actually don't know a single young Emma personally)

21 comments:

uumomma said...

i dont know any emma
i love it!
erika

Amy B. said...

I named my daughter Emily when she was born 2 1/2 years ago, even though it was maybe number two on the popularity lists. I had known that I would name my daughter Emily since I was a little girl myself. That said, I do know a couple of small Emmas and Emilys. I don't think it matters much. There were several kids with my name in my grammar school and we all seemed to manage ok.

Kelly said...

Yes, every other little girl I meet is named Emma. It might not be as popular in your area, though.

Anonymous said...

Just don't do Emily Louise (Emma Lou)

Anonymous said...

I like Emma. But the most important thing is that you and Jon like it. If you do, use it. Who cares what anybody else thinks?

Meagan Francis said...

I wanted to name my first child Emma, ten years ago. HE turned out to be a Jacob instead :) I chose that name because I knew a Jacob in high school and had always loved the name...wouldn't you know it wound up as THE number one boy's name that year! Strangely though, we really don't know that many Jacobs. I remember when Rachel on Friends named her baby Emma, thinking that the name was about to explode, but like you, I don't know a single Emma (besides a dog). However, I do know a few Ellas, and I think perhaps Ella is the new Emma!

Laura said...

around here, remember i see all the new babies on the job, emily is more common than emma.
emma is a lovely name.

Anonymous said...

I would NEVER name a kid "Emma"...all I can think of is her getting called "enema" on the playground. No thank you.

Leslie said...

We have an Emily--she's 16, so we picked the name before the popularity wave hit, but now there are tons of Emilys out there. Then we have a Jake (he's John, not Jacob, but still)--that's a hugely popular nickname. And our fourth is William, which turns out to be the most popular boy name in the South. We didn't pick the names in order to be trendy, but they turned out to be popular names. If you want Emma because that's what you always planned on, I wouldn't let the trend stop you. It's picking names BECAUSE they are trendy that I don't get.

Have you run it by those people on the baby-naming site you posted before?

Anonymous said...

Did you read the article about how popular names make thier way through the social classes? They start out at the higher incomes and filter down. For example, Tiffany and Britney started out as upper class names and are now trailer park names. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it's just interesting and a natural progression.

dewi said...

I like the name Emma.
It is not that common. In my 16 years as a doula I only met one baby Emma.

dewi said...

I'm not taking sides, but I like the name Charlotte better.
;-)

Paula said...

I always think that you've got to sit on a name for a little while till you know it's the right one. I do like Emma. I am very attatched to the name Nina. I won't be having more children, but I was going to name any daughters Nina. Had two boys instead.

Two syllabils (sp) is nice. How does it fit with the last name?

Anonymous said...

Emma is a lovely name. I don't know any Emmas. With all my nieces and nephews, I've never heard of any Emmas in class, daycare, church, or various sports teams. And who cares if it's on the popular list? It's popular because it's pretty, not because it's trendy.

*~Cheri~*

Amy said...

Emma is a pretty name! My youngest (17 months) is Ella, and my oldest (nearly 8) is Accalia. My son (4) is Cole, but that's pretty irrelevant in your case. ;-) Emma's not overly common in my area (South Dakota), but I do know a few people who've used it. I think a lot of old fashioned girl names are making a comeback. I hear a lot of Lily's and Sophie's. I haven't run across too many other Ella's around here, but I hear that name much more often than my oldest's, Accalia. I've never heard that called to another child.

Anonymous said...

I know an Emma in your area who is 10 or so, and is just a competitive little thug. My family, unfortunately, really dislikes this name now. In the baby name book, it says Emma means "big mama" or something like that.

dedanaan said...

I had a "different" name, and I always wished I had a more common name like Julie or Pam or Laura, especially when I was in elementary school. You might be doing your child a favor by giving her a more "common" name.

Georgia said...

My niece is Emily Elizabeth-and my sister shortened it to Emme. (Partly, in honor of my father's name Emmett.)

Anonymous said...

My niece is Emma and my nephew is Noah -- my sister-in-law likes the trendy names. At the pool in the summer, it seems that every other little kid has one of those two names.

Libby said...

There are a gazillion Emmas in my daughter's elementary school. Just sayin...

Anonymous said...

My daughter is Emma, she's 5. I know 3 other emma's ages four, three and one. It's extremely popular everywhere. Many people don't realize it until you have kids and get into playgroups ect. If you don't want something popular this is not the name. If you don't care, then obviously I think it's beautiful!