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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.


Variations

Alma has 2 variants: Allma and Almah.

For more information, see also the related girl name Elma.


Popularity

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alma name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alma outside U.S.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alma, Elma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alma outside U.S.


Similar Names

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.

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