What does Alma mean?
Alma \a-lma, al-ma\ as a girls' name is pronounced AL-mah. It is of Latin, Italian, Hebrew and Arabic origin, and the meaning of Alma is "nourishing, kind; soul; young woman; learned". Modern name. Also the name of a river in the Crimea where the famous 19th-century Battle of Alma was fought. "Alma mater" is the term for a college or university, meaning "fostering mother". American vamp of the silent screen, Alma Bennett; composer's wife Alma Mahler.
For more information, see also the related girl name Elma.
Alma is a very prominent first name for females (#196 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#40465 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Alma for girls. Alma reached its peak rank of #54 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is presently at #680. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Alma and corresponding names. The only other prominent variation form of Alma (#680 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 is Elma. Adoption of these girl names was at its peak during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.859%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.16%, down 81.4%), with the versions Alma and Elma becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Alma▼ is alike in pronunciation to Ellma, Wilma▼ and Wylma. Other suggested similar baby names are Ala, Alamea, Alana, Alba▼, Alda▼, Alea, Alena, Alfa, Alia, Alima, Alina, Alla, Aloma, Alona, Alta▼, Aluma, Alva▼, Alya, Alyna, Ama, Amma and Asma. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alma.