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pinWhat does Selma mean?

Selma /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.


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

Related girl names: Velma and Salome.

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

Selma has 1 masculine form: Anselm.

Kreatif forms: Selba, Selsa, Silma. [more]

pinHow popular is Selma?

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. Demographics)

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 Baby Names, 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 from recent data), Salome, Velma and Zelma. Other variants, like Sahlma, are seldom used. These forms of Selma were favored 114 years ago (adoption of 0.53%) and have become significantly less widespread since (adoption 0.02%, 95.4%), with versions like Salma becoming less trendy.

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

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

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Selma is pronounced similarly to Zulma. Other recommended similar baby names are Adelma, Allma, Alma, Dalma, Delma, Desma, Ellma, Elma, Gemma, Halma, Helima, Helma, Hema, Herma, Hilma, Jemma, Neema, Neima, Neoma, Palma, Peloma, Salama, Salima, Saloma, Samma, Seana, Seara, Sebra, Seelia, Seema, Seemah, Seila, Sela, Selbea, Selby, Selda, Selena, Selia, Selie, Selima, Selimah, Selina, Selyna, Sena, Senga, Senoma, Sera, Seula, Shela, Shelia, Shella, Silia, Silja, Silva, Silya, Sima, Soloma, Soma, Stela, Stella, Sula, Sylva, Syma, Talma, Telma, Thelma, Valma, Vehlma, Vellma, Vilma, Wilma, Wylma and Zelima. These names tend to be less frequently used than Selma.