a feminine name
Origin of EmmaGerman ; from Erma ; from names beginning with Erm- (e.g., Ermenhilde): see Irma
- (UK, dated, WWI, signalese) M in RAF phonetic alphabet
- A female given name.
- Used in England since the Norman Conquest, fashionable in the 19th century, and again in the U.K. from the 1970s to the 1990s, and in the U.S.A. in the 1990s and the 2000s.
Brought to England by the Normans; short form of compound given names beginning with a Frankish prototheme Ermin- or Irmin- "entire".