Naming the Fishes

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Hegedűs_Saint_EmericLooking for a masculine French name that is different, yet easy to say and spell? Emeric might be the one for you.

Lets look at its origin and meaning:

  • Emeric is the French variant of the Germanic name Emmerich
  • The second element of the name ric means “power,” however the first element’s meaning is uncertain
  • The first element of the name may be in fact ermen “whole, universal,” or
  • amal which means “work, labor,” or
  • heim “home”

It is also a saint name, Saint Emeric of Hungary, the model and patron of young men. He was intended to be the next monarch of Hungary, and his father wrote admonitions to prepare him for this task. To his father’s dismay this never happened as he was killed by a boar while hunting at age 24 (1031). He was buried in the church of Székesfehérvár. Several wondrous healings and conversions happened at his grave, so on 5th November 1083 King Ladislaus I unearthed Emeric’s bones in a big ceremony, and Emeric was canonised for his pious life and purity along with his father and Bishop Gerhard by Pope Gregory VII.

Emeric is also related to the name Amerigo (Amerigo Vespucci) after whom the continent of America is named. Emeric could be a very patriotic name for an inhabitant of the continent to give their son. It is believed that Amerigo was named in honor of Saint Emeric.




2 comments on “Emeric

  1. C.B. Wentworth
    April 5, 2013

    I actually used this name for a character in a story not too long ago. The spelling was varied, but the meaning is the same! :-)

    • namingthefishes
      April 11, 2013

      There are many spelling variants of this name, but it is an awesome name for a character!

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