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What does Irma mean?

Irma Pronunciation of Irma [ir-ma] as a girls' name is pronounced IR-ma. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Irma is "entire, universal". Short form of names containing irm(en) or erm(en), like Ermintrude.


Irma has 6 variants: Erma, Ermengard, Irmgard, Irmgarde, Irmina and Irmine.

Related girl names: Emma and Therma.

Creative forms:
(female) Irim, Isma, ..

(male) Irman, Irmar, ..

Middle name pairings:
Irma Jada (I.J.), ..

How popular is Irma?

Irma is a very prominent first name for females (#255 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Irma reached its peak position of #152 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Irma are Emma (#1 last year), Irmgard and Erma. These relations of Irma were favored as birth names 135 years ago (average #624) and have become much less common since (#1500, down 79.5%), with forms such as Irma going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Irma, Emma, Erma, Irmgard in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Irma, Emma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Alma, Ama, Amma, Asma, Bama, Cama, Carma, Cima, Cyma, Dama, Dorma, Edma, Elma, Ema, Esma, Fima, Fruma, Hema, Herma, Iana, Iara, Ida, Idra, Ila, Ilima, Ilka, Illa, Ilsa, Ima, Iman, Ina, Inda, Inga, Inya, Iola, Iona, Ira, Iren, Irena, Irida, Irina, Iris, Irisa, Irit, Irita, Iryna, Isa, Isha, Isla, Isme, Ita, Iva, Jama, Kama, Karma, Mima, Norma, Oma, Ooma, Osma, Ozma, Pama, Pima, Prima, Rama, Rima, Roma, Sima, Soma, Syma, Tama, Toma, Uma, Yuma and Zuma. These names tend to be less frequently used than Irma.

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