Emmeline The French form of the Old German name Amal, meaning “work.” Does this mean your little Emmeline will be a handful, requiring a lot of work on your part? Well of course she will, no matter what you name her – that’s just how parenting goes. Nicknames: Em, Emme. Famous people named Emmeline: Poet Emmeline Whitney Wells; suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst; feminist Baroness Emeline Pethick-Lawrence. Fun facts: The Harry Potter series, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn all have characters named Emmeline.