emma is too popular

(60 Posts)
lrdavis Thu 01-Aug-13 01:27:10

I have always loved the name Emma but it is so popular (not pregnant just talking to hubby) so I want to name a girl Emmaleigh pronounced Emily..... any thoughts?

Fifi2406 Thu 01-Aug-13 01:41:58

Emma and Emily are both lovely i don't think either are extremely popular I don't know any baby's/children called Emma and only one called Emily! Emmaleigh is to many unnecessary letters IMO

Sparklysilversequins Thu 01-Aug-13 01:50:41

I don't actually think Emma is that popular in RL. Seems to be well known rather than well used.

Please don't spell that name like that. It's awful.

notanyanymore Thu 01-Aug-13 01:56:41

Emily is a much more popular name then Emma.
Don't go with Emmaleigh!

weebarra Thu 01-Aug-13 02:26:08

I only know 3 Emmas, one is 28, one is 36 and one is 3. Emmaleigh is unneccessarily long, she would always be spelling it.

Wbdn28 Thu 01-Aug-13 03:04:25

I don't think Emma is particularly popular at the moment. Lovely name, no need to change it.

sleepingbeautiful Thu 01-Aug-13 04:13:43

I know lots of Emilys of all ages from 0 to 60s, and only 2 Emmas (aged 36 and 1). I'd stick with Emma.

lljkk Thu 01-Aug-13 07:10:29

Emmaleigh is a joke, right?
I don't know an Emma under 17. But Emily is very very popular among the under 6s, that's true (were 3 or 4 in DS reception intake alone).

I like Emma and Emily but have to agree I am not keen on that spelling.
Emma is on our list and Emily would be if it wasn't my 1 year old god daughter's name.

chicaguapa Thu 01-Aug-13 07:15:10

I have an 11-year old Emma and have never come across another DC with the same name and only know one adult Emma. I think it's just well-known rather than used a lot.

chickensaladagain Thu 01-Aug-13 07:20:48

I'm only aware of 1 Emma under 10

However there are 5 Girls called Emily in my 9 year old's class

I would stick with Emma personally

Pancakeflipper Thu 01-Aug-13 07:25:04

I know a lot of Emma's aged 6 upwards. Don't know a baby Emma and there's not an Emma at my son's nursery. Though there's several Emily's.

I personally don't like Emmaleigh.

SoupDragon Thu 01-Aug-13 07:29:39

I want to name a girl Emmaleigh pronounced Emily..... any thoughts?

Yes, if you want to call her Emily calll her Emily, not some made up name that wouldn't be actually pronounced the same.

MrsBungle Thu 01-Aug-13 07:34:27

I know lots of Emma's my age (30's) but no baby Emma's. I know quite a few baby Emily's. emmaleigh isn't nice. If you like Emily, just spell it Emily IMO.

TallulahBetty Thu 01-Aug-13 07:46:50

Really? Emily is 1000 times more popular than Emma. I know 8 Emilys age newborn to 6. I know one toddler Emma and I think it's a much nicer name.

Onyabike Thu 01-Aug-13 07:48:48

I know quite a few Emmas in their 40s, but only one young one (9 yo). I know a few young Emilys of differing ages, but only one adult one. Emma is definitely used less than Emily at the moment. The spelling Emmaleigh is not to my taste. You could always spell it Emilie if you want to be different, but you/your daughter will constantly be correcting it.

Hulababy Thu 01-Aug-13 08:12:01

My 3y niece is called Emma though she is the only child I know with the name.

There were two girls named Emily in DD's class of 11 girls. It's far more popular.

Really dislike the spelling Emmaleigh - sorry.

SkinnyDecaffGiraffe Thu 01-Aug-13 08:28:17

Emmaleigh is not a good idea.

Emma is lovely. Go for it straight up !

ovenbun Thu 01-Aug-13 10:55:22

Emma is lovely, if you want something similar to Emily how about Amelie? much prettier than emmaleigh xxxxx

mrspaddy Thu 01-Aug-13 11:01:24

I think Emmaleigh looks silly written down. I don't know any baby Emma's but lots of Emily's.

Stick with Emma.. it is beautiful and a classic.

wigglesrock Thu 01-Aug-13 11:23:19

I like Emma, however I know about 7 under 10. It wouldn't bother me, I'm the defender of popular names smile . I think if you want to use Emmaleigh, you'll need to hyphenate it otherwise it's just a spelling you made up.

If its the Em sound you like, what about Emmeline, Emerson or just Emme?

ConcreteElephant Thu 01-Aug-13 16:34:58

I have an Emma (3). I don't know any other little ones.

Please don't choose Emmaleigh - she'd spend her whole life spelling it and getting puzzled faces in return. Emily's perfectly lovely, and fwiw I don't know a single little one.

Still18atheart Thu 01-Aug-13 16:57:30

I know loads of Emilys and Emmas who are my age (20s) but I don't know any who are children.

I like both because they both quite classic Jane Austen type names and so will stand the test of time.

YY Emmaleigh is awful imo

Still18atheart Thu 01-Aug-13 17:00:52

I know loads of Emilys and Emmas who are my age (20s) but I don't know any who are children.

I like both because they both quite classic Jane Austen type names and so will stand the test of time.

YY Emmaleigh is awful imo

Bowlersarm Thu 01-Aug-13 17:01:59

Much prefer Emma.

Still18atheart Thu 01-Aug-13 17:02:55

sorry didn't mean to post that twice

Hoolit Thu 01-Aug-13 17:04:32

I have an 9yo Emma, only met 1 other but there are lots of Emily s.
I think I would pronounce Emmaleigh as Emma Leigh even though I know what you mean ifykwim !! Not deliberately though.

ems1910 Thu 01-Aug-13 17:05:48

It was very popular in the 80s. I was one of 3 in my primary class but don't hear it so much now.

Emily is more popular ime.

Emmaleigh is a no from me too.

Supertrooper88 Thu 01-Aug-13 17:08:14

I am an Emma aged 40. Went to school with 3 other Emmas in my class. Although I only know of one currently and she is 10 years younger than me.
My DC aged 15 and 12 have several Emilys as friends. My 12yo has one Emma in her class.

I think Emma was very fashionable with the Claires, Sarahs and Julies of the 1970's. It a very well known name but in reality not many babies or younger children using the name these days. Emily is much more current than Emma imo.

Emmaleigh is hideous. Sorry but it screams "desperate to be different" I would rate Emmaleigh down there with Chardonnay!

Emma is a classic name imo and I really quite like it. I know that sounds a bit vain being that its my name but I prefer it to all of my sisters names and so glad I got it. If I wasnt an Emma i think I would have chosen it for my DD.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Thu 01-Aug-13 17:08:28

Emma and Emily are lovely, but Emmaleigh is dreadful.

heidihole Thu 01-Aug-13 17:11:12

Emmaleigh? Are you just trying to get a rise out of us! That's terrible and I'm sure you know it is smile

lrdavis Thu 01-Aug-13 20:57:52

All the Emily's I know I don't like I live in Illinois and there are a lot of Emma's under ten. I don't want something normal or something everyone else has... my boy name is rian. Like Ryan my husband is a Brian so that's how we decided to do it instead of having a jr

FourGates Thu 01-Aug-13 21:07:28

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lrdavis Thu 01-Aug-13 21:15:42

Yes I'm american....

lrdavis Thu 01-Aug-13 21:17:09

Heidihole I like Emmaleigh I'm not messing with anyone

lljkk Thu 01-Aug-13 21:20:51

ah, geographic context different.
Emma is rather rare over here for under 20s.
Emily is a dime a dozen over here among the under... 7s?
Look, MN is very conservative in name tastes and the most conventional spelling is usually favoured here. You live in a culture where it won't get frowned upon so much so do as you like.
Me, I am lazy and don't want my children to be burdened with having to explain how to spell their name all their lives. So my kids have the most boring names I could think of.

ps: irony is I myself have a common name with a bizarre spelling I chose, being as I'm American I got away with it. DH's name is even more boring than mine (regular spelling).

SuddenlySqueamish Thu 01-Aug-13 21:23:46

If you look on Dark Greener you'll see it is going down in popularity names.darkgreener.com/#emma

formicadinosaur Thu 01-Aug-13 21:35:02

Emily and Emma are classic and timeless. I only know one Emma and Emily both in their 30s. Lovely name.

Emmaleigh is plain awful. I'd expect an emmaleigh to be quite rough sorry.

What about Emme, Emmy, Emmeline or emerald,

formicadinosaur Thu 01-Aug-13 21:36:39

There's also Hannah

Bowlersarm Thu 01-Aug-13 21:39:11

I think if you're American OP the same rules don't apply.

In that case Emmaleigh is fine, and she can drop the 'Leigh' bit when she's older, if she wants (or if she comes to live in Britain wink)

lrdavis Thu 01-Aug-13 21:42:15

Hannah.... I didn't realize the big difference in spelling of names being odd in other places but except able in america

petalpower Thu 01-Aug-13 21:46:10

DD aged 11 is Emma. I love the name! I know lots of Emilys under the age of 11 but no other Emmas. Lots of my friends (aged 40ish!) are called Emma though.

happyfrogger Thu 01-Aug-13 21:54:14

I have a 1yo Emma - love it! Everyone loves it. Don't know any others.

Monkeyandanimal Fri 02-Aug-13 12:20:17

I would pronouce Emmaleigh as Emma-leigh; which sounds quite dallas-trailer-trashy; she will always be correcting people either on the pronunciation or the spelling if you do this! Emily lovely and Emma is really nice. I think more common among 30 and 40 year olds than in children now.

Monkeyandanimal Fri 02-Aug-13 12:22:16

I would pronouce Emmaleigh as Emma-leigh; which sounds quite dallas-trailer-trashy; she will always be correcting people either on the pronunciation or the spelling if you do this! Emily lovely and Emma is really nice. I think more common among 30 and 40 year olds than in children now.

minesamalbec Fri 02-Aug-13 12:36:36

Emma is a beautiful, classic name. I think Emily is probably more popular right now in the UK. However, I wouldn't spell it Emmaleigh, you'll spend her childhood correctly the spelling to others and she'll spend her adulthood doing the same and you'll never find a pencil,pencil case or cup with her name on it.

EatYourCrusts Fri 02-Aug-13 12:42:01

His about Aymarly?

EatYourCrusts Fri 02-Aug-13 12:44:37

Actually, if I had to write Emmaleigh every time I signed a Christmas card, my entire life, instead of Emily, I expect I would be very resentful by the age of 17. Those microseconds add up.

Supertrooper88 Sat 03-Aug-13 10:03:15

Variations of Emma:




nobabe Wed 07-Aug-13 05:56:29

I think that it is odd... but I understand you not wanting a popular spelling. Its kinds pretty long but it looks pretty when you write it down smile

exoticfruits Wed 07-Aug-13 06:05:10

I like both Emily and Emma. If you have Emily for goodness sake spell it properly or the poor girl will have a life time of having to spell it out for everyone and explain that 'yes, her parents could spell really, they were just trying to be 'original'.

badtime Wed 07-Aug-13 11:41:44



Because you are in America, you could probably get away with Emmaleigh, but I don't think it's as nice as some of the real, more unusual 'Em-' names.

fuzzle Wed 07-Aug-13 20:17:53

why bother making life complicated. Emily is lovely. Just as it is.

nobabe Wed 07-Aug-13 20:38:45

I personally don't like boring spelling either so I understand switching it up I'm in the u.s. also and I have seem much weirder thingssmile

Stokes Thu 08-Aug-13 14:30:01

I love Emma and Emily. Emmaleigh is awful. Leigh is quite nice though!

Oh, and btw, I'm pretty sure the boy's name Rian is pronounced Ree-un, not the same as Ryan.

nobabe Fri 09-Aug-13 05:19:24

Then why is Brian still pronounced Bryan... its the same

MasterFlea Fri 09-Aug-13 06:24:32

The Rian name is Irish for Ryan. It is pronounced Ree-an in Ireland.

It has nothing to do with Brian or Bryan. Like o'Brien is different to O'Ryan or O Malley.

But in america names can be anything and spelt any old way. Or so I believe from watching too much US tv.

I love the name Emma. Have it on my short list for the imaginary no.3 dc.

Stokes Fri 09-Aug-13 07:54:29

Thanks Master, couldn't remember if it was Irish, welsh or Scottish.

nobabe Fri 09-Aug-13 08:15:29

OK well my Ryan will be rian. His dad would be Brian and I don't want a Jr but something close so I'm just taking the b off and using the same middle name. Sorry if that upsets you but that's what we will do.

nobabe Fri 09-Aug-13 08:17:06

I had to change my name because it wouldn't let me back on and my husband is the one who put the first comment under this name.

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