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Meaning and name origin

Selma \s(e)-lma, sel-ma\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Anselma, Salma, Sellma, Selmah, Zelma and Zelmah.

For more information, see also related girl names Velma and Salome.

There is 1 masculine form of Selma: Anselm.


Selma is a very popular first name for females (#691 out of 4276, Top 16%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#45493 out of 88799, Top 51%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Selma for girls. Selma reached its highest rank of #187 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Selma and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Salma (#878), Zelma, Velma, Selma and Salome. (2014 statistics).

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 also pronounced similarly to Sahlma, Salmah and Zulma. Other suggested 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 commonly used than Selma.