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What does Zelma mean?

Zelma Pronunciation of Zelma [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.

Associated with: helmet (defender).


Zelma has 1 variant: Zelima.

6 more different relations via Anselma, Selma: Anselma, Salma, Sellma, Selma, Selmah and Zelmah.

Creative forms:
(female) Zelza, Zilma, ..

(male) Zelmai, Zelman, ..

Middle name pairings:
Zelma Brynleigh (Z.B.), ..

How popular is Zelma?

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. Demographics)

Zelma reached its peak position of #236 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zelma name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Salma (#797 from recent data) and Selma are the prominent varying forms of Zelma appearing in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Sellma, are uncommon. These forms of Zelma were at the peak of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 0.1%) and are now significantly less common, with forms like Selma becoming less stylish. Salma is the most trendy baby name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zelma, Salma, Selma in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Zelma is alike in pronunciation to Sahlma, Salmah and Zulma. Other recommended names are Adelma, Allma, Alma, Dalma, Delma, Desma, Ellma, Elma, Gemma, Halma, Helima, Helma, Hema, Herma, Hilma, Jemma, Neema, Neima, Neoma, Palma, Peloma, Seema, Selima, Talma, Telma, Thelma, Valma, Vehlma (see Velma), Vellma, Velma, Vilma, Wilma, Wylma, Zalia, Zea, Zeba, Zeena, Zeeta, Zeeva, Zelda, Zelde, Zele, Zelia, Zelie, Zelina, Zellda, Zena, Zenda, Zenia, Zenna, Zenya, Zeta, Zetta, Zila, Zilla, Zoela, Zola, Zolia, Zulema, Zulima, Zuma and Zylia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Zelma.

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