Meaning and name origin
Velma \v(e)-lma, vel-ma\ as a girl's name is pronounced VEL-ma. It is of English origin. Variant of Wilma (German) "determined protector". 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 an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Velma for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Velma and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Wilhelmina, Wilma, Selma, Thelma and Velma. (2014 statistics).