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What does Selma mean?

Selma \s(e)-lma, sel-ma\ as a girls' name is pronounced SEL-mah. It is of Old German and Arabic origin, and the meaning of Selma is "helmet of God; safe". Feminine short form of Anselma; variant of Salma. Actress Selma Blair.


Variations

Selma has 6 variants: Anselma, Salma, Sellma, Selmah, Zelma and Zelmah.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Velma and Salome.

Selma has 2 more alternative forms via Salma: Sahlma and Salmah.

Selma has 1 masculine form: Anselm.


Popularity

Selma is a very popular first name for women (#691 out of 4276, Top 16%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#108734 out of 150436, Top 72%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Selma for girls. Selma reached its top position of #187 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Prominent varying forms of Selma are Salma (#878 last year), Salome, Velma and Zelma. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.5254%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.0244%, down 95.4%), with the versions Salma, Salome, Selma, Velma and Zelma becoming somewhat dated. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Selma and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Salma, Salome, Selma, Velma, Zelma in U.S.

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


Similar Names

Selma is pronounced similarly to Zulma. Other recommended similar baby names are Delma, Helma, Salama, Salima, Saloma, Seema, Sela, Selda, Selena, Selia, Selima, Selimah, Selina, Selyna, Soloma and Telma. These names tend to be less frequently used than Selma.

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