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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Emmett

Emmett is a gentle masculine name of mixed origin. It has Hebrew, German, and English roots and signifies ‘truth’ or ‘universal.’ In English, the name also represents a hardworking and industrious person. The name arose from the Middle English female name ‘Emmot’ used interchangeably with Emma. The name Emmet is therefore thought to be a diminutive of Emma. In German, the feminine version of Emma was derived from ‘irmin,’ meaning ‘whole’ or ‘great.’ It entered England from the French Normans, who used it extensively. Emma of Normandy, who married King Ethelred II and afterward King Canute, is credited with bringing the name to England.

The name can also be linked to the place Emmott in Lancashire, now called Laneshawbridge. The term in the U.K. and Ireland also implies an ‘ant.’

Emmett has become a gender-neutral baby name in modern times. The name is taken by many prominent stage actors, film personalities, journalists, and newspaper columnists. This widespread usage may have led to a considerable increase in its appeal.

In popular culture, Emmett appears in various places. He is a cowboy in the 1985 Western film Silverado where the movie begins with Emmett getting ambushed by armed men. Emmett Lathrop “Doc” Brown is the scientist who invents the time machine in the American science fiction comedy ‘Back to the Future.’ Christopher Lloyd played the character in all the sequels, and the animated series of the cult hit. Emmett Cullen is the adopted brother of the lead character Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga. Actor Sean Berdy’s portrayal of Emmett Bledsoe, best friend and fellow schoolmate of Daphne Vasquez, on the show ‘Switched at Birth’ is also quite well-known.


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Famous People With The Name Emmett

  • Emmett Leo Kelly aka Weary WillieAmerican circus performer
  • Emmett E. RogersAmerican baseball player, a catcher in Major League Baseball
  • Emmett WatsonAmerican journalist and illustrator, known for his column in Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Emmett J. HullAmerican architect, his creations are listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Emmett MorrisonU.S basketball player
  • Emmett LeithAmerican electrical engineer
  • Emmett SkiltonNewZealand actor, best known for TV series The Almighty Johnsons
  • Emmett John ScanlanIrish actor, best known for playing Brendan Brady in Hollyoaks

Emmett On The Popularity Chart

This name’s usage has seen a spike from the late 2000s. This graph from the Social Security Administration shows its growth.

Popularity Over Time

The name’s growth has been massive in the past decade. From 231 babies per million in 2000, the name has surged to 3638 babies per million in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Emmett has dropped in its ranking since the 80s. It touched its lowest rank in 2007 and then improved slightly.

Source: Social Security Administration

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