Emmy (given name)

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Emmy
Gender female (rarely male)
Origin
Meaning short form of several names beginning in Em-
Other names
Related names Emma, Emily, Emmanuelle

Emmy is a feminine (rarely also masculine) given name.

Orthographic variants include Emme, Emmi, Emmie. The name is in many instances a hypocoristic of either Emma (itself being in origin a hypocoristic of a number of ancient Germanic names beginning in ermen) or (more rarely) Emily, or Emmanuel (Emmanuelle). It came to be used as a separate (rare) German name,[clarification needed] given officially in Germany from the later 19th century.

As an officially given feminine name, Emmy ranked 66th in Sweden and 89th in France as of 2010.[1] Emmy is rarely also encountered as a surname.[citation needed]

Notable people with the name include:

As a familiar form of Emma

  • Emmy Bridgwater (1906–1999, born Emma Frith Bridgwater), English artist and poet
  • Emmy Göring (1893-1973, born Emma Sonnemann), German actress
  • Emmy Hennings (1885–1948, born Emma Maria Cordsen), German performer and poet

As a familiar form of Emilie

  • Emmy Destinn (1878–1930, born Emílie Pavlína Věnceslava Kittlová), Czech operatic soprano

As a familiar form of Emmanuel(le)

Other

  • Emmy Clarke (born 1991 as Mary Elizabeth Clarke), American actress

Fictional characters

References[edit]

  1. ^ statistics cited after behindthename.com. In France, rank 89 was reached after a steady rise in popularity during the 2000s, starting out at rank 281 in 2001.