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What does Salma mean?

Salma [sal-ma] as a name for girls. Salma's name origins are Arabic and Hebrew, and the meaning of the name Salma is "peace; helmet of God; safe". Salma is a variant form of Salama (Arabic): related to Solomon and also Salome. Salma is also a derivative of Selma (Old German, Arabic): feminine short variant of Anselma.

Associated with: arabic, peace, helmet (defender).


Salma has 6 variants: Sahlma, Salmah, Sellma, Selmah, Zelma and Zelmah.

Salma has 10 more related forms via Salama, Salome, Selma: Salima, Sallama, Saloma, Salomea, Salomey, Salomi, Selima, Soloma, Solome and Solomea.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Salmya, Salsa, ..

(male) Salsad, Salsea, ..

How popular is Salma?

Salma is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#129619 out of 150436, Top 86%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Salma for girls. Salma entered the list in 1996 and reached its apex position of #569 in the U.S. in 1999, and is at #878 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Salma and related names. Popular varying forms of Salma (#878 in recent rankings) rated in the Top 2000 are Saloma, Salome (#1970 in recent rankings), Selma (#1866) and Zelma. Other variants, like Salima, are seldom used. These forms of Salma were popular during the years 1900-1909 (median #1057) and have become significantly less popular since, with versions such as Selma becoming less in vogue. Salma is the most trendy baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Salma, Saloma, Salome, Selma, Zelma in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Salma is alike in pronunciation to Zulma. Other recommended names are Allma, Alma, Basma, Cama, Carma, Dalma, Dama, Delma, Ellma, Elma, Fatma, Halma, Helma, Jaima, Jama, Jazma, Kama, Karma, Naima, Naoma, Pallma (see Palma), Palma, Rama, Rayma, Saba, Sabra, Sacha, Safia, Sahra, Saida, Saleema, Salena, Salimah, Salina, Salli, Sally, Sam, Sami, Samia, Samma, Sammi, Sana, Sanna, Santa, Sara, Saria, Sarka, Sarra, Sasa, Sayda, Seema, Sela, Selda, Shalia, Shalva, Silia, Silja, Silva, Silya, Sima, Soma, Sula, Sylva, Syma, Taima, Talma, Tama, Tamma, Telma, Valma, Velma, Vilma, Wilma and Wylma. These names tend to be more commonly used than Salma.