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.
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).
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).
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.