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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.


Velma has 3 variants: Valma, Vehlma and Vellma.

For more information, see also the related girl name Wilhelmina.

Velma has 12 more related forms via Selma, Thelma, Wilma: Anselma, Salma, Sellma, Selmah, Telma, Thellma, Vilma, Willma, Wilmina, Wylma, Zelma and Zelmah.


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Velma name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Velma outside U.S.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Salma, Selma, Thelma, Velma, Vilma, Wilhelmina, Wilma, Zelma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Selma, Wilma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Delma, Helma and Velda. These names tend to be less frequently used than Velma.