Famous Bearer
Personal Impression
I'm not a religious person so initially the name was too associated with religion for me. However, it also strikes nostalgia and a strong association with Christmas due to the carol "O Come, O Come Emmanuel".

I don't hear it so much now, but when I attended my Catholic primary school, it was very common. Hearing the name, I just picture children singing, wearing tinsel and Christmas cracker hats, sitting cross-legged on the floor with a glittering Christmas tree in the corner etc. It's a peaceful and kind sounding name.

If I were to use it, I would use it due to my personal association and not the religious one (I realise Christmas is technically a religious holiday, but as a non-religious person, I celebrate everything but the religious part).
PrincessZ  12/31/2018
It's a pretty-sounding name, but way too religious for a lapsed Catholic like me. It makes me think of the advent song "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."
― Anonymous User  9/20/2018
Immanuel and Jesus are the names of the Son of God and as a Christian they should be reserved solely for that purpose. No man, particularly Christians, should be named Immanuel or any of its derivatives because doing so is a lack of respect towards God and Jesus and considered blasphemy. No man is worthy of His name.
Rightfighter  2/13/2018
Emmanuel Macron (= French president, very famous) is a good example of a bearer of this name.
D O L P H E E N  6/23/2017
In Byzantine tradition and in modern Greek the given name Εμμανουηλ (EMMANOUIL or EMMANUIL or EMMANOUEL or EMMANUEL) corresponds to the Byzantine Μανουηλ (MANOUIL or MANUIL) and the modern Greek nicknames Μανος (MANOS), Μανωλης (MANOLIS), Μανολης (MANOLIS)and Μανουσος (MANOUSOS).
Therefore all those names should be under the same article in "Behind the Name"
This name is ranked number 1 in the island of Creta (where for many centuries it was given to all first born masculines of any family), and because of that probably ranked in the top 5 masculine names in Greece.

Manolis (Emmanouil) Markakis.
emarkakis  5/13/2017
Emmanuel is the top Mexican singer who debuted in the 1970s. He is the son of the late Argentinian-born bullfighter Raúl Acha "Rovira". His father a professional bullfighter in Plazo de Acho in Lima, Peru. Emanuel grew up in Chosica, Peru on Avenida Lima near el Parque Echenique and attended el Colegio Santa Rosa. His first wife, Spanish singer Conchita Martínez.
cutenose  1/27/2017
Emmanuel Sanders is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Broncos Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers.
lilolaf  1/25/2017
I really like this name, but for some reason my first thought was that a boy called this might be nicknamed Emma. I later thought of the other possible nicknames like Manuel and Manny.
I think this name would would make an excellent middle name.
― Anonymous User  9/2/2016
Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao (born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino Professional Boxer and Politician. I'm surprised no one has mentioned him yet here.
Gregory Woodrow  8/4/2016
I could have sworn this was a Mexican name.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2015
Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American modernist artist who spent most of his career in Paris, France.
― Anonymous User  5/13/2014
I usually like most names that contain "God" in their meaning(s). I consider these types of meanings as a good strong, powerful message for the individual and I believe one would be very lucky to have these kind of names! (I'd personally feel honoured.)
― Anonymous User  4/20/2014
Immanuel has also been used quite a lot in Greenland, as have too other Old Testament names like Abraham, Isak, Sara, Magdalena, Abel, Jokum, Efraim and Moses.
Ane Kirstine Noerby  4/17/2013
One of the most powerful moments in the cantata "Hodie" by Ralph Vaughan Williams is:

"He shall be great; and shall be called the Son of the Highest:

This moment is what I remember every time I hear the name Emmanuel.
Nisha  2/17/2013
My name is Emmanuel. I really like it because it is rare, long and powerful. I am an atheist but I don't really care for the 'real' meaning, and it does not really affect me. I know what it means, but obviously it is now personal and associated with me. I love the name. I've had only one class where there was another Emmanuel, so it's pretty unique.
moror  9/12/2011
Emmanuel Bénézit (1854-1920) was a French art historian, editor of the Dictionaire critique et decumentair des pentres, dessinateurs, sculpteurs et graveurs.
― Anonymous User  9/11/2011
A famous bearer is Jesus Christ. His real name was Emmanuel. If I'm not mistaken, it means eternal life/eternity. It's not my biased remarks because I am a Christian, it's my true honest opinion of the name about finding it to be a nice, religious, strong, sophisticated name.
Hebrews_and_Shebrews  8/9/2011
Well I find this name to be strong, it just so happens that it's my middle name, and it took me a while to appreciate it, because I'm a girl. But my mother had me late, so she said, "God must have been with me!" And there we have it. Emmanuel.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2010
I really like this name, for its meaning and for just the way it sounds. Awesome and unique for a middle name, but I think it would work well for a first name, too.
Hannah_E  5/21/2010
I like the name. Probably wouldn't name my kid this though, because of its association with Christ. Seems kind of sacred.
Jesussaves7193  1/3/2009
My School is called Emmanuel College (In Gateshead, England) and we are a Christian Ethos School and have 2 lessons of RE a week nd often go on field trips to churches and things.
wednesday210  5/3/2008
My name is Manuel, which is a Spanish name and is pronounced Man-well. I hate it when some (uneducated) people pronounce it Man-yoo-el.
jrroxy  4/16/2008
Hebrew pronunciation is ee-mah-nu-EL.
noae  11/20/2007
Emmanuel is not part of the prophecy of the Messiah - it's part of a prophecy for King Ahaz that God was with His people who were about to be invaded by two rival kingdoms, and this prophecy was fullfilled in 2 Kings 16:9 after being given in Isaiah Chapter 7.
― Anonymous User  8/11/2007
You're half right. This is an example of what's called a dual-fulfillment prophecy, which means that it was made for both the immediate and distant future. Needless to say, Mary was not the first virgin in Israel's history to have a baby. Other examples of dual-fulfillment prophecies include Daniel's prophecy about the desecration of the temple (which happened once in ancient Greece and will happen again in the 70th week) and Joel's prophecy about the sun becoming dark, the moon becoming blood, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (all of which happened on April 3 and May 30, 33 AD, and will happen again during the 70th week, signifying the return of Christ/Messiah, and the judgment of Israel's enemies).
Atarah Derek  1/11/2010
Emmanuel (spelt as Emanuel I think) Ravelli is one of the characters played by Chico Marx in "Animal Crackers." I've always liked this name, especially its meaning "God is with us." One of my favorite masculine names, it has a strong feel to it. A very nice name.
Loni_maryrose  6/3/2007
I love this name for what it is, and its meaning. I really love it because it's in reference to Jesus Christ. I really love the Christmas Carol "O Come O Come Emmanuel". I would use it as a middle name.
tigerlilly  1/27/2007
Emmanuel is the middle name for my son, Reese Emmanuel. Personally, I would have liked to use it as a first name; however, I was outvoted by everyone else. I was troubled and on drugs before I got pregnant and when I found out I was, I knew it was a sign from God that everything would be okay. In the bible, God tells a woman to name her baby Emmanuel to show everyone that things will be okay. I really enjoy biblical names. I believe all babies shoul be named with a reason and purpose. Don't just name your baby something because it sounds good. Give them definition.
waitenonheaven  11/10/2006
There is a Christmas carol titled 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.' This name is used in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2006
Emmanuel Adebayor from Togo is a well known soccer player, playing for Arsenal.
Ylva  6/10/2006
I love the meaning of this name.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
I just love this name! It was the name of my favorite great uncle whom everyone called Manuel. (Pronounced MAN-yul not man-WELL). I gave this name to my younger son as his middle name.
― Anonymous User  12/7/2005

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