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.
Selma has 1 masculine form: Anselm.
Selma is a very popular first name for women (#691 out of 4276, Top 16%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#45493 out of 88799, Top 51%). (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)
Prominent varying forms of Selma are Salma (#878 last year), Salome, Velma and Zelma. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and have become significantly less widespread since, 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)
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.