Emmett is rather unique because it is a male name that is derived from a female name. Masculinization doesn't happen very often in names whereas there are many feminized names such as Josephine from Joseph or Philippa from Philip. Emmett comes from Emma.
Originally Emmett comes from an English surname that was derived from a diminutive of Emma. Emma comes from the Germanic element ermen (or possibly ermin or irmin) which mean "whole" or "universal".
In history, Emma was the daughter of Richard, Duke of Normandy. She introduced the name to England when she married King Ethelrede and later King Canute. This was way back in the 11th century and caused the name Emma to be very popular at the time along with short forms Em and Emm.
Emmot was also a recorded variant derived from Emma. There's also a place called Emmott in Lancashire which was recorded as "Emot" in 1296 which may come from the 7th Century Old English word "eagemot" meaning "junction of streams". [source]
As a baby name, Emmett has been in regular usage since 1880 but it has never been as popular as it is today. It received its first surge of popularity between 1915 and 1925 but declined in usage again until the mid-2000s when it skyrocketed. In 2013, there were 2,336 boys named Emmett which ranked the name at #173 in the US.
With the potential nicknames of Em, Emy, Mit and Mitty, the male name Emmett is a handsome choice for a modern boy. This name is currently on the rise and will likely gain more popularity in the years to come. If you're considering this name, here are some ideas for sibling names and middle names:
Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelia, Daphne, Elodie, Isla, Matilda, Rowena, Zoe
Brothers: Archer, Fletcher, Graham, Henry, Miles, Owen, Reuben
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