Emerald

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Emerald

"Emerald" is a name of English origin, and it means "Green Gem Stone". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Em"er*ald
Senses
  1. [Min] A precious stone of a rich green color, a variety of beryl. See Beryl.
  2. [Print] A kind of type, in size between minion and nonpare�l. It is used by English printers.

Note: ☞ This line is printed in the type called emerald.

Etymology: OE. emeraude, OF. esmeraude esmeralde, F. émeraude, L. smaragdus, fr. Gr. �; cf. �kr. marakata

adjective Em"er*ald
Of a rich green color, like that of the emerald.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The green color of an emerald
  2. A transparent piece of emerald that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
  3. A green transparent form of beryl; highly valued as a gemstone
Wiktionary

From Middle English emeraude, from Old French esmeraude, from Vulgar Latin *esmaralda, *esmaraldus, variant of Latin smaragdus, from Ancient Greek σμάραγδος (smáragdos), μάραγδος (máragdos), from a Semitic language. Compare Hebrew בָּרֶקֶת (bareket) “emerald, flashing gem”, Akkadian [script needed] (barruktu, baragtu), Arabic بَرْق barq “lightning” and loanwords with Semitic etymon such as Sanskrit मरकत (marakata) and Persian زمرد (zomorrod) (whence Turkish zümrüt and Russian изумру́д (izumrúd)).

  1. Any of various green gemstones, especially a green transparent form of beryl, highly valued as a precious stone.
  2. Emerald green, a colour.
  3. (dated, printing, Britain) A size of type between nonpareil and minion, standardized as 6½-point.

Notable Persons Named Emerald

Emerald Fennell is an actress and author. She has been prominent since 2008. Emerald was given the name Emerald Lilly Fennell by her parent Theo Fennell on August 18th, 1985 in London.

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Emerald was born in Cambridgeshire.

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Emerald was born on October 28th, 1980.

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Emerald George is an athlete for the Avenues United FC.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Emerald

Caro Emerald is a jazz, pop music, and electro swing musician. She has been prominent since 2007. Caro was given the name Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw on April 26th, 1981 in Amsterdam. Caro is also known as Caroline van der Leeuw.

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Marti Emerald is a Member of San Diego City Council representing the Ninth District, Member of San Diego City Council representing the Seventh District, and Member ofSan Diego City Councilrepresenting the Seventh District. She was most prominent from 2012 to 2012. Marti was born in 1955.

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Connie Emerald was an actress. Connie was given the name Constance Gladys O'Shea on August 20th, 1892 in England. She left this life on December 26th, 1959.

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How popular is the baby name Emerald in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1904 5 5 0
1905 5 5 0
1908 6 0 6
1909 7 7 0
1911 11 6 5
1912 13 8 5
1913 8 8 0
1914 5 0 5
1915 20 13 7
1916 25 13 12
1917 22 11 11
1918 17 8 9
1919 29 15 14
1920 24 12 12
1921 22 12 10
1922 19 6 13
1923 17 11 6
1924 19 6 13
1925 16 9 7
1926 22 7 15
1927 26 8 18
1928 22 7 15
1929 10 0 10
1930 5 0 5
1931 5 0 5
1932 11 6 5
1933 5 5 0
1935 7 0 7
1936 5 0 5
1938 8 0 8
1939 8 0 8
1942 5 5 0
1944 6 6 0
1945 5 5 0
1947 14 8 6
1949 5 5 0
1951 8 8 0
1952 5 0 5
1955 6 6 0
1956 12 12 0
1958 11 5 6
1961 10 5 5
1962 6 6 0
1963 9 9 0
1965 6 6 0
1968 7 7 0
1969 9 9 0
1970 9 9 0
1971 5 5 0
1972 6 6 0
1973 10 5 5
1974 15 15 0
1975 12 12 0
1976 10 10 0
1977 23 23 0
1978 26 26 0
1979 41 41 0
1980 39 39 0
1981 68 68 0
1982 77 77 0
1983 66 66 0
1984 86 86 0
1985 87 87 0
1986 107 102 5
1987 112 112 0
1988 144 137 7
1989 168 161 7
1990 162 162 0
1991 196 196 0
1992 213 213 0
1993 200 200 0
1994 268 268 0
1995 229 229 0
1996 236 236 0
1997 213 213 0
1998 262 262 0
1999 233 233 0
2000 219 219 0
2001 232 226 6
2002 229 221 8
2003 186 186 0
2004 179 174 5
2005 184 177 7
2006 182 174 8
2007 155 155 0
2008 149 143 6
2009 161 161 0
2010 123 123 0
2011 124 124 0
2012 151 145 6
2013 190 183 7
2014 231 219 12
2015 200 194 6
2016 232 219 13

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Popularity of Emerald as a first name

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Popularity of Emerald as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Emerald U.S.
  White 84.67% 64.26%
  African American 3.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.33% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Emerald

People with the last name Emerald are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Emerald

  • How Popular is the name Emerald? Emerald is the 3,051st most popular name of all time. As a last name Emerald was the 116,201st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Emerald have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,998 babies born with the first name Emerald in the United States. That's more than enough people named Emerald to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Emerald? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1904 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Emerald first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Emerald is Wednesday, October 31st, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Emerald born? The highest recorded use of the first name Emerald was in 1994 with a total of 268 babies.
  • Random Emerald Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Emerald is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 12 babies in California have the same name as you in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Emerald: Your name in reverse order is Dlareme. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dlerema. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Emerald? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 150 people with the last name Emerald.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Emerald? Emerald is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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).
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