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What does Salma mean?

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


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

Salma has 11 more related forms via Salama, Salome, Selma: Anselma, Salima, Sallama, Saloma, Salomea, Salomey, Salomi, Selima, Soloma, Solome and Solomea.


Salma is an uncommonly occurring given name for women. Salma is also an uncommon last name for all people. (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)

Top 1000 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 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Salome, Selma and Zelma. This girl name was at the top of its popularity during 1900-1909 and has become significantly less popular since, with the versions Salma, Salome, Selma and Zelma becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Salma, 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 similar baby names are Dalma, Halma, Palma, Saleema, Salena, Salimah, Salina, Samma, Talma and Valma. These names tend to be more commonly used than Salma.