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Parents loved the name which they got from Urge Overkill's cover of Emmaline, decided that was a perfect name for their first kid. Didn't have the CD on hand and ended up spelling it 'Emmalene' on my birth certificate. I honestly prefer this spelling, I think it fits the pronunciation better. Though I spent 13 years hearing teachers butcher my first and last name in school so I might not have the best judgment.
RandomAnecdote  3/11/2019
Emmeline is a lovely alternative to the overused Emma and Emily.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2019
It means hardworking. That's nice.
kayisforkeen  8/7/2018
Why is this labelled "archaic?" It's still used as a name. [noted -ed]
erb816  5/4/2018
Emmeline reminds me of emeralds, and the name's meaning is very nice too.
Kitandkat  3/26/2018
Basically the French origin of Emma.
Hushpuppy  1/7/2018
The name Emmeline was given to 358 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
I hope this name doesn't become too common, I like being different and the fact that I was accidentally named after a German co worker/friend of my mum's. Never met another Emmeline and I love it.
Emsky  12/3/2016
We have a 5 month old named Emmeline. I originally wanted to pronounce her name Emma-leen. My husband kept thinking I was saying "Emily" and he wasn't fond of the pronunciation. He preferred Emma-line, which is how we pronounce her name. I think the spelling of Emmeline and both pronunciations are very beautiful. We haven't nicknamed her because we love her name so much, but both Emma and Emmy are pretty too.
mommyof4  9/15/2016
My name is Emmeline (pronounced Emma-line). I am called Emme by family. My name is still fairly uncommon. I've only known two other Emmalines in my life, and they spelled it with an a. I really hope this name doesn't become like Emma or Emily. I like having a unique name. Although, somehow, nobody knows how to pronounce it! Also, I was named Emmeline because my mother heard it in the song "Seven Wonders" by Fleetwood Mac.
emme  7/26/2016
I had a little girl in June 2014. We have called her Emmeline Rosa, a lot of people think you are saying Emily. I think it is a beautiful name, we call her Emmy for short. It is still fairly uncommon.
Jay2311  6/19/2016
My husband liked the name Emma, but being a Sarah, I didn't want my 3rd daughter to have to share her name with every 4th girl... so I suggested Emmeline, after Emmeline Parkhurst whom I greatly admire ♡... and my daughter is now 7 and prefers to go by Emma LOL (we have always pronounced it emmaLEEN with the stress on the final syllable).
SarahWCrow  3/30/2016
Emmeline (most definitely should be pronounced like Caroline) is the most beautiful and elegant name I have ever heard. I thought I made it up because nobody else I know had ever heard of it! I am so happy to hear that it is an actual name! (Now, maybe my mom and grandma will like it more.) Two of my aunts love it and my mom teases me by saying Limenade. I for one don't care about the popularity of the name and "the haters gonna hate." Emmeline is gorgeous, especially in comparison to Emme-leen or Emme-lynn. Spelling is crucial; Emmaline suggests that their nickname will be Emma (a name I despise) and Emeline can suggest the nickname Emily. Emmeline can be shortened to cute nicknames Emmy or Em. Emmeline is perfect and if we keep going on about it, maybe it can make the top 1, 000!
― Anonymous User  2/19/2016
We named our daughter Emmeline & pronounce it "line". 10 out of 10 times, people assume it's "Lynn".
8Mommy8  2/16/2016
In Dryden's King [Arthur], a blind girl, daughter of Duke Conon of Cornwall. She was promised to Arthur but [Oswald], the Saxon King of Kent, carried her off. [Merlin] restored her sight when she was still a prisoner and Arthur eventually defeated Oswald and rescued her.
Sofia  1/16/2016
I have an Emmeline, she is 6 months old. EVERYONE hears 'Emily' but I just go with it unless I am going to be seeing them again. I've had a lot of compliments on it. I couldn't imagine her being anything else!
helenbryce  7/31/2015
In the movie version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Emmeline is the name of the head mistress Miss Mackay (pronounced Mackye, not Mackay). I don't know whether that's the case in the play. If memory serves, her first name is not given in the original novel.
Kosta  6/23/2015
It's a beautiful name, and I think Emmeline Pankhurst is a namesake whom a child can be really proud of.
IsolationHedge  4/19/2015
I think the name Emmeline is elegant and beautiful and deserves to be used more. This makes a wonderful middle name for many name combinations. :)
― Anonymous User  2/15/2015
My name is Emmeline and I keep going through phases where I do like it then I don't like it. My name gets shortened to Em or Emmy. I've always quite liked the name Emmalyn. I pronounce my name as Emma-leen but people who don't know me pronounce like Emma-line which really gets on my nerves. My friend is called Emily and we both call each other Em which is quite cool.
emmeline.russell  12/16/2014
I have only ever heard Emmeline Pankhurst's name pronounced emma-leen - which I think is the prettiest alternative.
Just Jonquil  12/10/2014
This is such a pretty alternative to the overused Emma... but, mark my words, this name will explode in popularity soon enough. It's currently trendy to resurrect old-fashioned names, and many people seeking alternatives to Emily and Emma will gravitate to this name, so before you know it, it will be as obnoxiously popular as Emma is now.

My advice to parents-to-be: get dibs on this name NOW.
Meadow  1/9/2014
This is such a sweet name for a girl. It is a refreshing change from the ever so common and boring Emma and Emily. I positively love the way it is pronounced as well! It gives me a picture of a sweet, kind hearted, intelligent young girl. I will definitely be using this name in the future!
MusicBelle  10/17/2013
Beautiful. This name deserves more use, it would be such a break from all the Emma's and Emily's! I like the pronunciation Emma-leen. It's similar to Emily, but I feel like it's a little classier and more elegant. Emma-line sounds kind of like a crude combination of Emma and Madeline.
Oohvintage  6/10/2013
Emmeline Wells (born 1828 in Petersham, Massachusetts) was an American journalist, women's rights activist, and poet.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2012
Emmeline (pronounced Emma - LINE like CaroLINE) was one of my ancestor's names, and we gave our second daughter that name. She is a teenager now. Some people try to call her Emma - LEEN, while some get it right. We LOVE her name, and so do others who hear it - many for the first time. Most importantly, she loves the name. It's beautiful and classic and a nice change from all of the trendy names of the day.
AmyBee  2/18/2012
My English Grandmother's name, only spelled Emelene. I always thought my Grandfather was calling her "Evelyn", until watching the BBC and heard it being pronounced "Emmalynn"! I love the spelling with all E's.
hannahkroy  1/20/2012
I pronounce this name Emma-leen.
I love it. :)
Truly beautiful.
Katya  3/12/2011
Emmeline Grangerford was a minor character (only referenced to) in Huck Finn; she was like a 19th century Goth kid. :)
FullmetalSweetheart  2/13/2011
Very pretty, but I have no doubt it will become popular due to its similarity to Emily and Emma. That's why I won't use it.
Chrila96  12/7/2010
This is a beautiful name. Although I prefer the pronunciation Emma-Lynn, any pronunciation is nice.
Dawson  11/26/2010
This is a lovely, elegant name to use if you like Emma or Emily but aren't fond of their commonness. I like the nickname Emmy as well.
Summah  6/9/2010
Actor Christian Bale has a daughter named Emmeline, born March 27, 2005.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2009
Sometimes my mom jokingly calls me Emmeline in a fake British accent, pronounced "EM-ə-lien" with a hard "I" sound. (My real name is Emilie.) Her pronunciation sounds a lot more natural to me than Emmeleeeen. Generally I prefer names that end "-ine" to be pronounced like that, like "eye" - Madeline, Caroline, Rosaline, Clementine, etc. But there are exceptions of course, like Evangeline (eeeeen). I guess the Emmeleeeeeen pronunciation is growing on me since I first saw it on this site, although I still prefer Emmeliiiine.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2009
Emmeline was the name of the girl played by Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon. The character was usually called Em.
britto08  3/18/2009
_Emmeline_ (1788) is a famous early Gothic novel by English author Charlotte Smith, who was an influence on Austen and Dickens.
faye  1/20/2009
Very very pretty. I prefer the pronunciation EMMA LEEN. : )
WilderThanBridget  10/19/2008
I personally ADORE Emmeline, and think that it fits in BEAUTIFULLY with todays trends of Emily and Emma, as well as Madeline and Madeleine (both MAD-uh-line).
Corae  8/19/2008
There isn't just one right pronunciation of this name. Ever since it was used it has always been pronounced as either Emma-line, Emma-leen and Emma-lynn so you can just choose the pronunciation you prefer. I like Emma-line.
Lily8  8/18/2008
Very pretty. Not exactly a personal favorite, but nice if you don't want your child mixed in with a bunch of "commoners". ; )
PaperHearts  7/22/2008
I highly prefer this name to the overused Emily, and I also think this name sounds more mature. I won't name my potential child Emmeline, as the name must have some Christian background, but I do like the fact that this was the name of Emmeline Pankhurst. It's very pretty, and it looks much prettier than Emily as well.
slight night shiver  5/23/2008
Also pronounced EM-u-line.
― Anonymous User  11/7/2007
Emmeline is a gorgeous name! I adore it. I like it best when pronounced Emma- Line. And you can still use the nicknames Emma or Emmy. My favorite combo ever is Emmeline Rowan.
sharonrenee  9/10/2007
This name is cute. I'm quite surprised it hasn't touched the top 1000 though, with Emma and Emily at the top!
― Anonymous User  6/8/2007
I really like this name - Emmeline and Emmaline. I think that, truly, the name can be pronounced Emma-LEEN, Emma-LINE, and Emma-LYNN, and be accepted. There's not one specific way. Remember Emmeline Pankhurst? Her name was pronounced Emma-LINE.
Sarah Elizabeth  2/25/2007
Can also be pronounced "em-u-lien".
― Anonymous User  2/16/2007
This was my grandmother's name, she went by Emmy and I always planned to name one of my children after her. But sadly I have had All boys.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2007
Emmeline is a great name to have and I hope it doesn't become overly popular like Emma and Emily. It is pronounced emma-leen.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2007
This is a very pretty name for a girl. I like it much better than the terribly overused Emily and Emma and I'd suggest using it an an alternative. Besides, you can still use the same nicknames, Em and Emmy.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2006
Emmeline is gorgeous! It's my absolute favorite name at the moment. I do prefer it pronounced emma-line instead of emma-leen though *blush*. I love the nickname Millie.
southernbrighteyes  7/14/2006
I prefer this name to Emma and Emily.
Brenna  5/9/2006
Emmeline Fox is the name of a Victorian-age reformer of prostitutes in Michel Faber's novel 'The Crimson Petal and The White'.
Arrows  11/22/2005
Emmeline Pankhurst. She was the founder of the WSPU in the early 20th century. One of England's original feminists and she fought for the rights of females being able to vote.
stace87  10/28/2005
Emmeline is the name of a mixed-race slave in the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
― Anonymous User  8/3/2005
Emmeline Vance is a minor character in Harry Potter. She's in the Order of the Phoenix and was a part of the team who rescued Harry from the Dursley's in the summer before 5th year.
skywalker  7/3/2005

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