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What does Anselm mean?

Anselm \a-nse-lm, an-selm\ as a boys' name is pronounced an-SELM. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Anselm is "God's helmet". Saint Anselm (11th century) was archbishop of Canterbury during William the Conqueror's reign, and a formidable influence on medieval Christian thought. Selma, a variant of the feminine form, is more common. Painter Anselm Kiefer.


Anselm has 8 variants: Anse, Ansel, Anselme, Anselmi, Anselmo, Anso, Elmo and Selmo.

Anselm has 1 feminine form: Anselma.


Anselm is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#44654 out of 150436, Top 30%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Anselm and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Anselm (#unlisted) are Ansel, Anselmo and Elmo. Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.2587%) and has become much lower since, with the version Elmo becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ansel, Anselmo, Elmo in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Anselm and related baby names outside U.S.

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Recommended similar baby names are Ancell, Angel, Angell, Angelmo, Angelo, Anjel, Anjelo, Ansell and Ansly. These names tend to be more frequently used than Anselm.