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Meaning and Name Origin

Irma \i-rma, 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.

For more information, see also related girl names Emma and Therma.

Irma has 6 more different forms via Ermintrude: Ermentraud, Ermyntrude, Imtrud, Irmentrud, Irmtraud and Trudy.


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)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Irma for girls. Irma reached its peak position of #140 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Irma name in U.S.

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Irma and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Irma are Emma (#1 last year), Trudy and Erma. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during 1940-1949 and have become much less popular since, with the forms Trudy, Irma and Erma becoming less in vogue. Emma (#1) is the most trendy girl name among these, with this name undergoing a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Emma, Erma, Irma, Trudy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Ima, Ira, Iren, Irena, Irina and Iryna. These names tend to be less frequently used than Irma.