What does Elma mean?
Elma [el-ma]▼ as a girls' name is pronounced EL-mah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Elma is "determined protector". Short form of Wilhelmina, and of names ending in -elma such as Fidelma and Anselma. It may also be a blend of Elizabeth and Mary, a feminine form of Elmer, or a variant of Alma.
RELATIONS VIA ALMA, ANSELMA, ELIZABETH, FIDELMA, MARY, WILHELMINA Allma, Almah, Bella, Beta, Billa, Eilis, Eleisa, Elisa▲, Elisah, Elise▲, Elissa, Eliz, Eliza▲, Elize, Elle▲, Ellie▲, Elliza, Ellsa, Ellse, Ellsi, Ellyza, Els, Elsa, Else, Elsee, Elsie▼, Elsy, Elyse▲, Elyssa, Elyza, Elyzza, Helma, Helsa, Ilsa, Ilse, Lisa▼, Liza▼, Lusa, Lysa, Lyza, Malia, Mame▼, Mara▲, Mimi, Mina, Moya, Selma▼, Valma, Velma▼, Veta, Vilma, Willa▲, Wilma▼, Wilna, Wylma, Zelma▼CREATIVE FORMS
(female) Elema, Elima, ..
(male) Elem, Elmas, .. MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
Elma Leena (E.L.), ..
How popular is Elma?
Elma is a very prominent first name for women (#669 out of 4276, Top 16%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#114852 out of 150436, Top 76%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)
Elma reached its highest rank of #228 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not in the list currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant form and related girl names. Elizabeth (#13 VIA LATEST LIST), Ellie (#47), Bella (#74), Mary (#124), Elise (#174), Eliza (#175), Malia (#313), Elsie (#386), Elle (#398), Willa (#481), Elisa (#486), Elsa (#487), Elyse (#653), Alma (#686), Mara (#739), Lisa (#749), Mina (#761), Elissa (#1395), Wilhelmina (#1619), Liza (#1685), Elyssa (#1925), Vilma, Zelma, Wilma, Veta, Wylma, Wilna, Ilse, Else, Elmer, Helma, Mame, Selma, Mimi and Velma are the popular related forms of Elma. These forms of Elma were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (MEDIAN #978) and have become significantly less common since (#1204, ▼84.1%), with forms such as Mary becoming somewhat outmoded. The most trendy girl names in this compilation are Ellie, Eliza, Elise, Willa, Elle, Mara, Elisa and Elyse.
Elma▼ is pronounced similarly to Willma. Other suggested similar names are Edma, Ela, Elan, Elana, Elba, Elda▼, Elen, Elena▲, Elga, Elia, Elian, Elin, Elina, Elka, Ella▲, Ellan, Elna▼, Elon, Elona, Elva▼, Elyn, Elza, Ema, Emma▼, Erma▼ and Esma. These names tend to be less frequently used than Elma.See names in meaning and etymology.