Name: Emmeline

Origin and Meaning of the Name Emmeline

  • Meaning:
    Uncertain, perhaps work
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  • Pronunciation:
    (EM uh leen); (EM uh lin)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Emmeline)
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Miscellaneous Info for Emmeline

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  • Used in:
    English and French speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    The origin of Emmeline is debatable.

    For some, it comes from the Germanic root meaning "labour, work". The name was popular in the Middle Ages but fell out of use only to be revived in the 18th century. Although similar in appearance, it might not be directly connected with Emma.

    For others, it is a medieval pet form of Emma, formed by adding the suffix -ine, "little". Emma is derived from Germanic ermen meaning "whole" or "universal".

    Ultimately, it could be a pet form of Emily, formed by adding the diminutive suffix -ine; hence "little rival".

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