[ 2 syll. em-met, emm-et ] The baby boy name Emmet is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is EHMMehT †. Emmet is used chiefly in the English language and its origin is Germanic. The first name is derived from the surname which first made its appearance in the medieval period. The surname is itself from the medieval feminine first name Emmet, a diminutive of Emma, and thus ultimately of the element 'ermen' (meaning whole, immense, universal) or 'irmin' (whole, immense, universal). The first name has sometimes been bestowed by the Irish in honor of Robert Emmet (1778-1803), an Irish leader who was executed for rebelling against British rule. Forms of Emmet include the short form Em (English), and the variant spellings Emmett (English), Emmit (English), and Emmitt (English).
Emmet is uncommon as a baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1903, 0.021% of baby boys were given the name Emmet. It ranked at #375 then. The baby name has since markedly fallen in popularity, and is today of very light use. Within the group of boy names directly linked to Emmet, Emmett was the most widely used in 2012. Emmet has in the past century been mostly given to baby boys.
† Pronunciation for Emmet: EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
A famous person named Emmet is Actor M. Emmet Walsh, born Michael Emmet Walsh, 22 March 1935, Ogsdensburg, New York.