Different connotations with Gemma vs. Jemma?

[name_f]Do[/name_f] you perceive the names [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] and [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] differently? [name_m]How[/name_m] do you imagine each? Does one come across as more “British”? Does one sound more dated/classic/contemporary to you?

I personally prefer [name_f]Gemma[/name_f]. I find it more British and classic, [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] looks very incomplete to me :slight_smile:
[name_f]Gemma[/name_f] makes me think of the [name_f]Jacqueline[/name_f] [name_m]Wilson[/name_m] character in Best Friends!

I knew a [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] and a [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] growing up (in [name_m]Britain[/name_m], so I view them both as British), with [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] being more serious and focused whereas [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] was fun and happy-go-lucky.

I prefer [name_f]Gemma[/name_f]. I feel like it’s more traditional and complete, whereas [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] somehow looks/sounds more nicknamey.

Both of these names seem very British to me. I’m from [name_u]America[/name_u], and these names aren’t heard often, if at all. I like [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] better though since I believe it’s the original spelling.

[name_f]Jemma[/name_f] looks like a nn to me where [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] looks like a complete name.

They do have a British feel to them, although I believe [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] is considered to be rather dated in the UK, very much a 80’s name (I can be wrong though? I think i’ve read this once or twice). I much prefer the [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] spelling over [name_f]Jemma[/name_f], the former looks much classier to me.

[name_m]Even[/name_m] though the differences are so small, there is just something about [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] I do not like. I adore [name_f]Gemma[/name_f], though.

I agree that they have different feelings to me. [name_f]Gemma[/name_f], to me, is so cool. It’s sweet and a little musical, and the meaning “jewel” is adorable. It’s got Italian and British vibes, which is really cool, too. But [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] I’m not a fan of at all–I have strongly negative opinions toward it, and I really don’t know how to say it nicely, so I guess I’ll just keep my mouth shut in that regard. :slight_smile:

I like both spelling, but prefer [name_f]Gemma[/name_f].

[name_f]Jemma[/name_f] looks misspelled and kiddie. [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] is more sophisticated & mature; this spelling makes me think of gems. [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] looks like a feminization of [name_u]Jem[/name_u]

[name_f]Gemma[/name_f] seems more boring to me and I prefer the feel of [name_f]Jemma[/name_f]

I prefer [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] over [name_f]Jemma[/name_f]. It feels more classier to me, I also prefer G names over J names because they are pronounced more similarly across a variety of languages. (J’s are pronounced very differently say in English, [name_m]German[/name_m] and Spanish).

I also dislike [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] because it feels a bit like a nn of [name_f]Jemima[/name_f] for me. ([name_f]Jemima[/name_f] in the US has some racially charged taboo-ness attached to it) It also always makes me feel like someone wanted to name their kid [name_u]Jem[/name_u] or [name_f]Jewel[/name_f] or [name_f]Precious[/name_f] and they wimped out a bit…).

I much prefer the spelling [name_f]Gemma[/name_f]. I’m not sure if it seems more British but I think it’s more interesting spelled with a G.

I prefer the [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] spelling. To me, [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] is classic and timeless. Something about the letter “J” in [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] makes it feel trendy to me for some reason.

I prefer the [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] spelling (one of my favourite names), as it’s the traditional one and therefore I agree with others it feels more classic, grounded and gorgeous. But I don’t mind [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] either - to me it is just a modern twist on the original, so I don’t dislike it, and think it’s a fine choice too. I would definitely use [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] myself though. :slight_smile: