Meaning and Name Origin
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 (Old German) "helmet of God"; variant of Selma.
Zelma▼ has 1 variant: Zelima.
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)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Zelma and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Zelma appearing in the Top 1000 are Salma (#878 last year) and Selma. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1900-1909 and are now significantly less popular, with the forms Salma, Selma and Zelma becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.