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.
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)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Salma for girls. Salma entered the list in 1997 and reached its apex position of #569 in the U.S. in 1999, and is at #878 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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 1000 are Salome, Selma and Zelma. Other variants, like Salmah, are seldom used. These forms of Salma were popular during the years 1900-1909 (median #567) and are somewhat less popular today (#969, 93% less), with the versions Salma, Salome, Selma and Zelma becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Salma▼ is alike in pronunciation to Zulma. Other recommended similar baby names are Basma, Cama, Carma, Dalma, Delma▼, Ellma, Halma, Jaima, Jazma, Palma▼, Sabra, Saida, Saleema, Salena, Salimah, Salina▼, Salli, Samma, Sammi, Silja, Silva, Soma, Talma, Tama and Valma. These names tend to be more commonly used than Salma.