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Origin and Meaning of Em

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Em
The portion of a line formerly occupied by the letter m, then a square type, used as a unit by which to measure the amount of printed matter on a page; the square of the body of a type.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing
  2. A quad with a square body ("since `em quad' is hard to distinguish from `en quad', printers sometimes called it a `mutton quad'")

The typographic em is named after the metal type for the capital M in early printing, whose body was square (the printed letter M is almost never one em in width).

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter M/m.
    The ems and ens at the beginnings and ends.
  2. (typography) A unit of measurement equal to the height of the type in use.

Coined by Christine M. Elverson by removing the "th" from them, perhaps influenced by 'em.

    em was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Kurdish, Latin, Latvian, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Scots, Swedish, Tok Pisin, Torres Strait Creole, Veps, and Vietnamese

    Notable Persons Named Em

    Em Bryant is a basketball player for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Clippers. His career lasted from 1964 to 1972. Em was born on November 4th, 1938 in Chicago.


    Em was born on July 22nd, 1978 in Potts Camp, Mississippi.


    Em Lindbeck was an athlete. Em was born on August 27th, 1934 in Kewanee, Illinois. He died on August 27th, 2008.


    Em Phanna is an athlete for the Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Em

    Aunt Em is a fictional character.


    David Em is a in the field of digital art. David was born in 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


    est em is a mangaka and manga artist.


    Phan Văn Tài Em is a soccer player for the Xuân Thành Sài Gòn F.C., Đồng Tâm Long An F.C., Navibank Sài Gòn F.C., Vietnam national under-23 football team, and Vietnam national football team. Phan was born on April 23rd, 1982 in Châu Thành District, Long An.


    Do was born in 1942.


    Lương Văn Được Em is a soccer player for the Đồng Tháp FC, Fico Tây Ninh F.C., Navibank Sài Gòn F.C., and Vietnam national football team. Lương was born on September 14th, 1985 in Hồng Ngự District.


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    Popularity of Em as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Em U.S.
      White 8.70% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 87.34% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.49% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.13% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Em

    People with the last name Em are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Em

    • How Popular is the name Em? As a last name Em was the 27,303rd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Em first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Em is Sunday, December 31st, 1871.
    • How unique is the name Em? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Em. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Em: Your name in reverse order is Me. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Me. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Em? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 885 people with the last name Em.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Em? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Em as their last name since less than 1 person in 333k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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