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Quick Facts on Gemma

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 316
Simple meaning:
Gem, jewel, precious stone

Characteristics of Gemma

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gemma

Gemma is an Italian nickname meaning ‘gem, jewel’ that dates back to the Middle Ages. Two of the most famous name bearers include Gemma di Manetto Donati, wife of 13th century Italian poet Dante Alighieri (author of the Divine Comedy which includes Dante’s Inferno). The second is the late 19th century Italian saint Gemma Galgani who was the focus of many astonishing signs of grace such as the repeated appearance of stigmata and several fits of ecstasies. Most likely, however, English-speakers have adopted the name Gemma due to its pleasant and straightforward etymology: “gem, jewel”. The name has been most popular in England and Scotland since the 1980s and is currently showing success in Australia. The United States only very recently discovered this “gem” of a name. Jemma is another variation.

Popularity of the Name Gemma

Gemma is a very new entrant onto the U.S. female naming charts. The name only first appeared in 2008. We’re not sure what has influenced the sudden interest in this name. Perhaps it has something to do with the TV program “Sons of Anarchy” which features a cunning and duplicitous character named Gemma Teller Morrow (first aired in September 2008). Whatever the sudden attraction to this name, Gemma seems to be on her way up the charts. Because Gemma has mainly been used in the United Kingdom it seems to have a certain reserved British flavor. It’s both cute and snobby sounding at the same time. Just like any jewel, Gemma suggests a certain tough beauty – like a diamond in the rough or the pearl that’s irritated over time into existence. It’s a lovely name in its simplicity and a fitting moniker for your own little ‘precious gem’.
Popularity of the Girl Name Gemma
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gemma

  • Popular Songs on Gemma

    Popular Songs on Gemma

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Gemma

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Gemma

    Eat Up, Gemma (Sarah Hayes) - Baby Gemma refuses to eat. She throws her breakfast on the floor, plays with her food, feeds her biscuits to the birds and even gives her dinner to the dog. But one day, her brother has a clever idea - Can he persuade Gemma to eat up? Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Gemma (Noel Streatfeild) - Accustomed to a glamorous life as a famous young movie star, eleven-year-old Gemma is horrified when, because of her mother's film career, she is sent to live with her "dull" and unknown cousins in a small industrial town. This is the first book in a four-part series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Gemma and the Baby Chick (Antonia Barber) - When several of the eggs laid by a hen do not hatch, Gemma is sad, until her mother's help and a lot of love save one very special chick, in a work complemented by watercolor illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gemma the Gymnastics Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - It's an exciting time in Fairyland. Everyone is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics! But Jack Frost's goblins have stolen the Sports Fairies' magic objects. Now they're threatening to take over the whole competition! Gemma the Gymnastics Fairy's magic hoop is missing. Do Kirsty and Rachel have all the right moves to get it back? Or will the goblins trip them up? Find the enchanted object in each book, and help keep the Fairyland Olympics magical! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Happy Christmas, Gemma (Sarah Hayes) - Little Gemma and her family prepare for Christmas all week and have a happy celebration on the day. Recommended for ages 2-6.

  • Famous People Named Gemma

    Famous People Named Gemma

    Famous People Named Gemma - Gemma Ward (Australian model); Gemma Arterton (English actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Gemma

    Children of Famous People Named Gemma

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Gemma - Kristin Davis (actress); Catherine Bell (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Gemma - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Gemma

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 - Gemma

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