Meaning and name origin
Zelma \z(e)-lma, zel-ma\ as a girl's name is pronounced ZEL-mah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Zelma is "helmet of God". Short form of Anselma (Old German) "helmet of God"; variant of Selma.
Zelma has 1 variant form: Zelima.
Zelma is a very popular first name for females (#783 out of 4276, Top 18%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Zelma for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Zelma and its variant form. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Selma and Zelma. (2014 statistics).
Zelma is also pronounced similarly to Salma, Sellma, Selmah, Zelmah and Zulma. Other suggested similar baby names are Delma, Helma, Telma, Velma, Zelda, Zelia, Zelina, Zulema and Zulima. These names tend to be less commonly used than Zelma.