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Quick Facts on Emmanuel

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • African-American, Hebrew, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 171
Simple meaning:
God is with us

Characteristics of Emmanuel

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Emmanuel

The name Emmanuel comes from the Old Testament, in the Book of Isaiah, in reference to the promised Messiah. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” [Isaiah 7:14]. The name also appears in the New Testament in the Gospel According to Matthew (1:23) by recounting the original prophet’s words and adding that Immanuel means “God is with us.” The Hebrew word “El” means ‘God’ and “immānū” means ‘with us.’ Similar to the name Jesús, people of English origin felt that bestowing the name Emmanuel upon their sons was tantamount to an offensive display of immodesty. Other people of European descent have not shared this taboo, and the name has been used for centuries in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Greece. As a New England colonial (probably Puritan) minister once explained in 1629: “Emmanuel is too bold. The name is properly to Christ and therefore not to be communicated to any creature.”

Popularity of the Name Emmanuel

The name Emmanuel entered the U.S. popularity charts in the late 1940s, even though it showed up sporadically with low usage before then. For the most part, Emmanuel does not become a regularly used name in America until the 1950s. The name’s popularity has grown along with the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States in the past several decades, but the name is also a choice among African-Americans (ethnic groups who are more celebratory about the Christ connotations). Together with two other variations of the name (i.e., Emanuel and Manuel), the name is quite a bit more popular than first meets the eye. However, we have noticed that all three forms of the name have gone slightly backwards on the charts in the past couple of years. Emmanuel and Manuel are both usually nicknamed “Manny”. Along with its ancient biblical significance and the loosening of religious taboos, we expect to see this name embraced by white people of non-Hispanic origin as the years progress.
Popularity of the Boy Name Emmanuel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Emmanuel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Emmanuel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Emmanuel

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

  • Popular Songs on Emmanuel

    Popular Songs on Emmanuel

    Emmanuel - a song by Amy Grant

    Emmanuel, God with Us - a song by Amy Grant

    O Come, O Come Emmanuel - a song by the Carpenters

    O Come, O Come Emmanuel - a song by Peter, Paul & Mary

    O Come, O Come Emmanuel - a song by Bette Midler

    O Come, O Come Emmanuel - a song by Jaci Velasquez

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Emmanuel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Emmanuel

    A Parcel for Emmanuel (Susan Woodward) - Part of a series for young African students and consisting of stories from all over Africa. The "JAWS" starters, which are at three levels, are intended to encourage children who are learning to read. In this story Emmanuel is thrilled to get a parcel from his father, who works far away. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Emmanuel McClue and the Mystery of the Shroud (Tony McCaffrey) - Graciela and Marshall McClue think they have the perfect job. A mysterious benefactor sends them around the world to investigate miracles and spiritual mysteries. They can even take their 12-year-old son Emmanuel along. However, things are not turning out as they expected. They abandon their first job after the demon being exorcised from a teenager threatens Emmanuel. Next, they are sent to Italy to view the Shroud of Turin, and then a day later are sent to Argentina, where their son makes friends with Joshua, a mysterious and charismatic boy. The detectives discover that Joshua is alleged to be a clone of Jesus, and has been pursued by a sinister cult his entire life. Joshua doesn't know any of this. Should Emmanuel tell him? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Emmanuel Ringelblum: Historian of the Warsaw Ghetto (Mark Beyer) - Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto is the focus of these titles in the new Holocaust Biographies series. Filled with heart-wrenching quotes from ghetto residents, they discuss the history as much as the individual heroes. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Emmanuel's Book: A Manual for Living Comfortably in the Cosmos (Pat Rodegast) - Here is the revealing underground classic, a work that stands beside the "Seth" books as a delightful and invaluable guide to our inner spirit and our outer world. Emmanuel speaks to us through Pat Rodegast and shares his wisdom and insights on all aspects of life. Beautifully written and illustrated, Emmanuel's Book I is to be treasured, enjoyed and passed on to a friend. Emmanuel says: "The gifts I wish to give you are my deepest love, the safety of truth, the wisdom of the universe and the reality of God. The issue of whether there is a Greater Reality or not, for me at least, has been settled. I know that there is. So I will speak to you from the knowing that I possess." Ram Dass, in the introduction, says: "Being with Emmanuel one comes to appreciate the vast evolutionary context in which our lives are being lived . . . And at each moment we are at just the right place in the journey. As Emmanuel points out, 'Who you are is a necessary step to being who you will be.'" Recommended for ages young adult+

  • Famous People Named Emmanuel

    Famous People Named Emmanuel

    Famous People Named Emmanuel - Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss (baseball player); Emmanuel Eboué (soccer player); Emanuel Leutze (American painter); Emmanuel Levinas (philosopher); Emmanuel Lewis (actor); Emmanuel Philibert (16th century Duke of Savor, Italian); Manuel I of Portugal (king of Portugal); Manuel II of Portugal (king of Portugal); Emmanuel (Mexican singer); Emmanuel de Grouchy (French military); Immanuel Kant (German philosopher)

  • Children of Famous People Named Emmanuel

    Children of Famous People Named Emmanuel

    Famous People who Named their Son Emmanuel - Debra Winger (actress); Timothy Hutton (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Emmanuel - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Emmanuel - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Emmanuel.

Personality of the Boy Name Emmanuel

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Emmanuel

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