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Selma 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 names Velma and Salome.
Baby names that sound like Selma are Selima, Salama, Soloma, Saloma, Salima, Salmah, Sahlma, Selimah, Zelima and Zulma.
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Popularity of Selma
Selma is a very popular first name for women (#691 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#45493 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Selma for girls. (2012 statistics) Compare Selma with its variant forms and related girl baby names.