What does Velma mean?
Velma \v(e)-lma, vel-ma\ as a girls' name is pronounced VEL-ma. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Velma is "determined protector". Variant of Wilma. Also possibly a variant of either Selma or Thelma, or possibly a combination of the two.
For more information, see also the related girl name Wilhelmina.
Velma is a very popular first name for females (#286 out of 4276, Top 7%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Velma for girls. Velma reached its apex rank of #95 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the girl name Velma and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Velma are Salma (#878 last year), Selma, Thelma, Vilma, Wilhelmina, Wilma and Zelma. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.6261%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.0153%, down 97.6%), with versions such as Salma, Velma, Wilhelmina, Wilma and Zelma becoming somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)