What does Alma mean?
Alma [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.
Affiliated girl name: Elma.Creative forms:
(female) Aalma, Almat, ..
(male) Allo, Allom, .. Middle name pairings:
Alma Kayley (A.K.), ..
How popular is Alma?
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. Demographics)
Alma reached its peak rank of #54 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is presently at #686. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. The only other prominent variation form of Alma (#686 from current records) listed in the Top 2000 is Elma. Adoption of these relations of Alma was at its peak a century ago (median #141) and has become significantly lower since, with versions like Alma becoming less stylish.
Alma▼ is alike in pronunciation to Ellma, Willma, Wilma▼ and Wylma. Other suggested similar names are Aalya, Abia, Afua, Ailsa, Aime, Aina, Al, Ala, Alamea, Alana▲, Alba, Alda▼, Alea, Aleah▲, Alena▲, Aleta, Alfa, Alia▲, Aliah▲, Alika, Alima, Alina▲, Alix, Alla, Allia, Allta, Ally, Almeta, Aloha, Aloma, Alona, Alpha▼, Alta▼, Altha▼, Alufa, Aluma, Alura, Alva▼, Alvar, Alvy, Alya, Alyna, Alyx, Ama, Amal, Ame, Ami▼, Amia▲, Amma, Ana, Anima, Anja, Anka, Arda, Aria▲, Arla, Asma, Assa, Auda, Avia, Cama, Dalma, Erma▼, Kama, Osma, Pama, Soma, Toma, Valma, Vilma and Zulma. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alma.See names in meaning and etymology.