I have another Emmeline question

I think this might actually be THE NAME – my husband and I both love it and I’m surprisingly ok with the nn [name]Emme[/name] (I love the name [name]Emme[/name] but I loathe popular/trendy names, so I’m surprised I’m ok with it).

However. The only time I’ve ever seen this name is on “name nerd” sites such as this one. I would die a thousand mortified deaths if anyone [name]IRL[/name] ever thought we’d given our child a made up name. [name]Do[/name] you think that’s a realistic worry?

With [name]Emily[/name] being so common, I don;t see how [name]Emmeline[/name] can be seen as weird in any way. [name]Just[/name] point them towards [name]Emmeline[/name] Pankhurst. Such an illustrious namesake should shut the naysayers up :slight_smile:

[name]Emmeline[/name] is gorgeous btw.

I had a baby girl two weeks ago and named her [name]Emeline[/name]. Most people know the name is an oldie and like it! The only hard part is getting everyone on the same page with the spelling and how to say it. I chose the [name]Emeline[/name] spelling (nn [name]Emy[/name]) because it seemed easier for my family/friends, its a little spunkier and didn’t get so much [name]Emma[/name] association… which I personally didn’t like but that’s just me!

I think if you love it go for it! Its a great name :slight_smile:

Cardigan, do you pronounce it -[name]LINE[/name] or -LEEN?

[name]Jan[/name], I just love [name]Emmeline[/name], too, and can’t imagine it being mistaken for an invented name. I personally pronounce it emma-line (not leen), which is how it was pronounced in the [name]Anne[/name] of [name]Green[/name] Gables movies and in “The [name]Blue[/name] Lagoon,” which my babysitter made me watch with her when I was in kindergarten. :slight_smile: That said, there are three pronunciations floating around, so pronunciation issues may arise between emma-line, emma-leen, and emma-linn.

Best wishes to you! :slight_smile:

THE NAME WAS IN [name]ANNE[/name] OF [name]GREEN[/name] GABLES?!?!?!

Oh my gosh, that cements it, this is the name. I loved those books growing up.

And I like [name]EmmaLINE[/name], too, that’s how we’d pronounce it.

I love [name]Anne[/name] of [name]Green[/name] Gables, too. :slight_smile: [name]Emmeline[/name] [name]Harris[/name] was a character in the movie (the sequel), but she wasn’t in the books (that I recall). She is a sweet, poised, intelligent little girl [name]Anne[/name] teaches ([name]Anne[/name] briefly falls in love with [name]Emmeline[/name]'s father), and her name was pronounced [name]Emma[/name]-line.

I think it’s gorgeous! :slight_smile:

Appellation Mountain profiled this name. Check it out if you want to know more about the name’s history.

I love this name too, and what better namesake…? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmeline_Pankhurst

Hubs vetoed it on grounds of “too similar to [name]Emily[/name], which is too common.”

I know, the [name]Emma[/name]/[name]Emily[/name] thing is a drawback …

Argh, I will never find a perfect name for this child and it’s driving me insane!

Sorry for the delayed response - Infants are so demanding! :slight_smile:

We pronounce it Eme-[name]LINE[/name].

We’ve decided to name her [name]Emmeline[/name]. YaY! Angst filled five months of thinking about names over!

Now, what to do if she’s actually a boy …


I think [name]Emmeline[/name] is a beautiful name. It’s one we’re considering to go along with our first daughter’s name – [name]Adelaide[/name] (which, by the way, was [name]Emmeline[/name] [name]Harris[/name]’ late mother’s name in the [name]Anne[/name] sequel I think).

The reason why we haven’t settled on [name]Emmeline[/name] is because sometimes it sounds too feminine for my liking. I like names that are clearly either boys or girls names (I’m generally not into androgynous ones), but I also like names that leave room for a boy or girl to “grow” into, does that make sense to anyone?

In my mind, [name]Adelaide[/name] has more room for “growth” than [name]Emmeline[/name]. [name]Don[/name]'t get me wrong, I think it’s a beautiful name and a great choice, I’m just not sure if it’s for me. Does anyone else think it’s a really feminine name (which for some people might not be a bad thing, but is a stumbling block for me)?

Oh, and as far as [name]Emmeline[/name] being too similar to [name]Emma[/name] or [name]Emily[/name], I think the nn “[name]Emmy[/name]” is very cute and helps avoid the [name]Emma[/name]/[name]Emily[/name] associations. I do agree that [name]Emma[/name] and [name]Emily[/name] are too common for my liking, but [name]Emmeline[/name] is definitely not too similar, in fact I think it’s a nice classic take on these uber-popular names.

I really like this name and would pronounce it as [name]Emma[/name] Lean.

There is also the welsh (previously male) names [name]Emlyn[/name].

Our 4-yr-old daughter is ‘[name]Emeline[/name]’ and she is always complimented on her name, she loves her name. We hadn’t heard it before we discovered it on a tombstone - a bit morbid, I realize - in this little cemetery in northern VT. We both <3’d the name and I did some research on it, came across [name]Emmeline[/name] Pankhurt, etc. The one and only drawback is that often people immediately hear “[name]Emily[/name]” when she says her name and have to be corrected once or twice before they get it … . But it really is a lovely name and I encourage you to stick with your choice.

[name]Jim[/name] Burden’s grandmother in “My [name]Antonia[/name]” by [name]Willa[/name] Cather is named [name]Emmaline[/name]. I just noticed that as I was re-reading it today. It’s easy to miss since she only gets called by her first name once in the book. I already liked the name, but this makes me love it. I love the book, love [name]Willa[/name] Cather, and love [name]Jim[/name]'s Grama. Great name.

I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]EMMELINE[/name] - it’s my number one name for our little girl due in [name]January[/name] (with [name]Caroline[/name] a close second) but my husband is adamantly against it but can’t really tell me why :-(! Since I think it is important for both mother and father to like, and jointly decide on the name, I obviously can’t use it…

Anyhow, I love it and do not think it’s a made up name at all. It’s so classic and resonates beauty in my opinion!

So, my [name]Emmeline[/name] arrived happy and healthy on [name]October[/name] 1st! So far we’ve gotten lots of great feedback on the name and while it’s taken me a little bit of getting used to (it’s kind of a lot of name for a teeny baby!), I’m really happy we chose it.

Congrats on your little one! I absolutely love her name. =) Good luck and congrats again!