(f) The Top Girl's Name for 2003.
This was originally a short form of such Germanic names as Irmgard,
itself from Irmingard. The first element in such names meant ‘all
embracing.’ In the nineteenth century Emma was very popular
in England and Wales, less so in Scotland. It returned to force
fairly recently, its renewed popularity apparently coinciding
with the television series called The Avengers, featuring a character
called Emma Peel. Jane Austen’s novel Emma (1816) is often
used in English classes at school.
To Scottish Christian Names