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Meaning and name origin
Alma \a-lma, al-ma\ as a girl's 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 popular first name for females (#196 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30823 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alma for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Alma and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Alma and Elma. (2015 statistics).
Alma is also pronounced similarly 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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