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Subject: Re: Okay, serious confusion searching online about this name...
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: March 18, 2009 at 7:52:06 PM
Reply to: Okay, serious confusion searching online about this name... by ConsideringEmmeline
Sorry, you will have to stay confused about Emmeline, because the experts are confused about it.

Emmeline was introduced into England by the Normans at the time of the Norman Conquest. Already back then a thousand years ago, it was unclear whether it was derived from Amelia or from Emma.

Amelia is where the "work" or "industrious" derivations come from.

Most experts today believe that Emma goes back to a word which meant "whole" or "universal".

And a bit later in history, after Emily was introduced into English speaking countries, some parents used Emmeline as an expansion of that name. Emily is ultimately from a Latin name which probably meant "rival."

I don't know where the "peaceful home" idea came from. That one seems to be incorrect.

This message was edited by the author on March 18, 2009 at 7:55:26 PM

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