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Quick Facts on Emerson

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Son of Emery; Brave, powerful

Characteristics of Emerson

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Emerson

Emerson is the transferred use of an English surname meaning, quite literally, son of Emery. The name Emery came to England by way of the Norman French and has roots in the Germanic language – from the ancient Germanic personal name “Amalric”. Amalric is comprised of the Germanic elements “amal” (meaning ‘bravery’) and “rīc” (meaning ‘powerful’). The French brought the name to England after the 11th century Norman Invasion where it was anglicized to Emmeric and eventually to Emery by the 13th century. Emerson developed from Emery as a patronymic surname. It has historically been used as a male personal name since the 19th century but today, in the 21st century, Emerson is now considered unisex. As forename, both Emery and Emerson are primarily used in the United States versus other English-speaking nations.

Popularity of the Name Emerson

In the United States, the name Emerson has been around as a male name since 1880. It may have first been used in homage to the American transcendentalist author Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). This champion of individualism was quite popular in the mid-1800s. As we turned into the 20th century, however, the male name Emerson began to lose favor. By the 1970s, the name pretty much disappeared from usage. In 2002, American parents discovered this name for their little girls so Emerson became officially unisex. Today, the name is only slightly more popular for girls than it is for boys – both versions of the name enjoy only moderate levels of success. In any case, compared to Emery, Emerson is a lot more masculine (thanks to the “-son” suffix), but it is one of those cute androgynous sounding surnames that American parents can’t get enough of for their little girls. The popular actress Teri Hatcher would agree. She was ahead of the eight ball in 1997 when she named her daughter Emerson Rose. Em, Emma and Emmy are cute nicknames for the female Emersons, but these nicknames work less for boys (except maybe Emery). We think that both Emery and Emerson are cool names, but Emery feels more feminine and Emerson masculine. Some parents like the masculine names for their daughters, and they get a double-whammy with Emerson or Emery – because these names come from the Germanic meaning ‘brave’ and ‘powerful’. Why shouldn’t the females hijack these qualities, too?
Popularity of the Unisex Name Emerson
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Emerson

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Emerson

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Emerson

    Emerson We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Emerson.

  • Popular Songs on Emerson

    Popular Songs on Emerson

    Emerson - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Emerson.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Emerson

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Emerson

    Emerson The Magnificent! (Dwight Ritter) - Emerson The Magnificent is a delightful book for the whole family. It's a story of happiness and sadness, and man's relentless attempt to blame everything on someone other than himself. This is a book about faith for those who deny it exists...all this through the eyes of a talking bicycle! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (Jamie Poolos) - A look at Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Father of the American Renaissance. Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Emerson

    Famous People Named Emerson

    Famous People Named Emerson - Emerson Moisés Costa (Brazilian footballer commonly known solely as Emerson); Emerson Hart (musician); Emerson Dickman (baseball player); Emerson Boozer(football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Emerson

    Children of Famous People Named Emerson

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Emerson - Jon Tenney (actor); Teri Hatcher (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Emerson - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (25 May 1803 - 27 Apr 1882) - Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the greatest American thinkers who believed in the boundlessness of the private man, individualism and the connection between man and nature in the universe. His philosophy was at the center of the American transcendental movement, and his most widely read essay, "Nature” (1833) represented 10 years of intensive study in religion, philosophy and literature. His writings would have a profound influence on some other great American thinkers: Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. Some great quotes by Emerson include: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” And “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

Personality of the Unisex Name Emerson

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Emerson

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