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What does Zelma mean?

Zelma \z(e)-lma, zel-ma\ as a girls' name is pronounced ZEL-mah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Zelma is "helmet of God". Short form of Anselma; variant of Selma.


Zelma has 1 variant: Zelima.

Zelma has 6 more different forms via Anselma, Selma: Anselma, Salma, Sellma, Selma, Selmah and Zelmah.


Zelma is a very prominent first name for women (#783 out of 4276, Top 18%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Zelma for girls. Zelma reached its peak position of #239 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Zelma and affiliated names. Salma (#878 last year) and Selma are the prominent varying forms of Zelma appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.5213%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.0407%, down 92.2%), with the forms Salma, Selma and Zelma becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Salma, Selma, Zelma in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Zelma is alike in pronunciation to Zulma. Other recommended similar baby names are Delma, Helma, Telma, Velma, Zelda, Zelia, Zelina, Zulema and Zulima. These names tend to be less frequently used than Zelma.