What 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 1 masculine form: Anselm.Creative forms:
(female) Seama, Selna, ..
(male) Selba, Selva, .. Middle name pairings:
Selma Noemi (S.N.), ..
How 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, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Selma are Salma (#797 from recent data), Salome (#1699), Velma and Zelma. Other variants, like Sahlma, are seldom used. These forms of Selma were favored 115 years ago (adoption of 0.3%) and have become significantly less widespread since, with versions like Zelma becoming less trendy. Salma has historically been preferred by parents.
Selma▼ is pronounced similarly to Zulma. Other recommended 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 (see Selby), Selby, Selda, Selena▼, Selia, Selie, Selima, Selimah, Selina▼, Selyna, Sena▼, Senga, Senoma (see Sonoma), Sera, Seula, Shela, Shelia▼, Shella, Silia, Silja, Silva, Silya, Sima, Soloma, Soma, Stela, Stella▲, Sula, Sylva, Syma, Talma, Telma, Thelma▼, Valma, Vehlma (see Velma), Vellma, Vilma, Wilma▼, Wylma and Zelima. These names tend to be less frequently used than Selma.See names in meaning and etymology.