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Is Jemma a madeup/creative spelling?

(28 Posts)
Saturday22April Sat 22-Apr-17 18:06:32

Is the Jemma spelling one you would think "my gosh" at?

AuntieStella Sat 22-Apr-17 18:09:56

I wouldn't gasp.

I think it's newer than Gemma (and I read and re-read the Gemma and Sisters books when I was young) but I think that's a newish name anyhow. So it's a name with nice associations for me, whichever way you spell it (though personally I'd go with G)

Northgate Sat 22-Apr-17 18:13:38

I've not got any problems with the Jemma spelling.

Any raised eyebrows from me would be more because Gemma / Jemma feels like a 1980's name to me, so a bit dated.

HolditFinger Sat 22-Apr-17 18:16:44

I know a couple of Jemmas.

ChickenBhuna Sat 22-Apr-17 18:20:00

I think it's nice , both Gemma and Jemma are.

The problem here is that I think a Jemma would constantly be correcting/spelling out her name for people.

SucklingDuckling Sat 22-Apr-17 18:22:19

I know one Gemma and one Jemma, both lovely

toomuchfaster Sat 22-Apr-17 18:23:05

My DF Jemma turns 40 this year!! It's not new at all.

BeBeatrix Sat 22-Apr-17 18:25:18

Much prefer "Gemma", but have come across a couple of "Jemma"s.

Oysterbabe Sat 22-Apr-17 18:50:28

Why not Gemma?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 22-Apr-17 19:09:11

❤️ Jemma, preferable to Gemma.

theresamustgo Sat 22-Apr-17 19:10:08

I would think it wa Jemima without the I.

Enidblyton1 Sat 22-Apr-17 19:15:41

No it's been around a long time.
Jemma Redgrave, Jemma Kidd etc

I prefer it to Gemma - but more unusual. I wouldn't worry about the spelling. Some people will assume the more common spelling, but that can be said for many names.

Enidblyton1 Sat 22-Apr-17 19:16:25

*bit more

feckingmarvellous Sat 22-Apr-17 19:39:26

I prefer Jemma

GirlcalledJames Sat 22-Apr-17 21:12:04

Gemma is only a "newish name anyhow" if you consider Ancient Rome recent...

Squidgling Sat 22-Apr-17 21:14:49

I prefer it spelt with a "J" so no I wouldn't gasp at the spelling.

DramaAlpaca Sat 22-Apr-17 21:23:52

It's a perfectly standard variant of Gemma, and I personally prefer it spelled Jemma.

AlwaysTheWinner Sat 22-Apr-17 21:27:55

I think that it's nicer spelt Jemma. I don't know why, it just looks better!

FrenchLavender Sat 22-Apr-17 21:31:30

I think either Jemma or Gemma are both equally acceptable and well used, in the same way as Katherine or Catherine. I certainly wouldn't think of Jemma as being weirdly creative with the spelling.

CaulkheadNorth Sat 22-Apr-17 21:31:52

I prefer it to Gemma. This might be because it was the name of my childhood best friend, whereas as Gemma was an odd kid in the other class....

It just looks prettier

FrenchLavender Sat 22-Apr-17 21:33:12

It's a funny name to pick now though - it's more likely to be the name of a woman having a baby than it is to be the baby! Such an eighties name.

user1487175389 Sat 22-Apr-17 21:39:10

Gemma is actually a really old name. Several hundred years at least.

I was quite surprised to find that out myself when I was last researching baby names.

bumblebeader Sat 22-Apr-17 21:39:44

My daughter who is 15 is Gemma. We chose to spell it the traditional way, assuming it was what most people would presume it was spelt, but most people presume it is Jemma. We moved to America last year and it's a very rare name here. Most people think it's a hard G sound and they really mangle it!

So to sum it up, for various reasons, Jemma would have been easier!

Ohyesiam Sat 22-Apr-17 21:57:58

Ii had a Jemma in my classes in the 70s, not new. Pretty name.

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Sat 22-Apr-17 22:01:46

I grew up with a Jemma. Born 1981. Not new.

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