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.Kreatif forms: Selba, Selsa, Silma. [more]
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, 2014)
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.
Thinking of names?
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.