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Alma 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.
Alma has 2 variant forms: Almah and Allma.
For more information, see also the related name Elma.
Baby names that sound like Alma are Alima, Aloma and Aluma.
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Popularity of Alma
Alma is a very popular first name for women (#196 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30823 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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