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What does Helma mean?

Helma Pronunciation of Helma [hel-ma] as a name for girls is of Old German origin, and Helma means "determined protector". Helma is a variant form of Hilma (Old German): short variant of Wilhelmina.

Associated with: determined, protector (defender).


Helma has 1 variant: Halma.

11 more relations via Hilma, Wilhelmina: Billa, Ellma, Elma, Helmina, Valma, Velma, Vilma, Willa, Wilma, Wilna and Wylma.

Creative forms:
(female) Hedma, Hesma, ..

(male) Hela, Helmai, ..

Middle name pairings:
Helma Amyah (H.A.), ..

How popular is Helma?

Helma is an uncommon first name for women but a somewhat popular last name for all people (#140756 out of 150436, Top 94%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Helma reached its apex rank of #940 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helma name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Helma listed in the Top 2000 are Willa (#481 in 2015), Wilhelmina (#1619), Wilma, Wilna, Wylma, Vilma, Hilma, Velma and Elma. Other variants, like Valma, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Helma was at its highest 105 years ago (usage of 0.5%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.04%, down 92.5%). Willa has historically been the top pick of parents, while forms such as Wilhelmina have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helma, Elma, Hilma, Velma, Vilma in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilhelmina, Willa, Wilma, Wilna, Wylma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hilma, Wilma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Adelma, Allma, Alma, Dalma, Delma, Desma, Gemma, Hala, Halea, Halia, Halima, Heda, Hedda, Hedia, Hedlea (see Hadley), Hedya, Heida, Helana, Helen, Helena, Helga, Helia, Helima, Helisa, Helje, Hella, Helle, Hellia, Helsa, Hema, Hena, Henia, Henka, Hera, Herma, Hermia, Herta, Hetta, Hilda, Holda, Huela, Huella, Hulda, Hylda, Jemma, Neema, Neima, Neoma, Palma, Peloma, Salma, Seema, Selima, Sellma, Selma, Talma, Telma, Thelma, Vehlma (see Velma), Vellma, Zelima, Zelma and Zulma. These names tend to be more commonly used than Helma.

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