What does Anselm mean?
Anselm /an-selm/ [2 sylls.] 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 1 feminine form: Anselma.Kreatif forms: Anselmau, Auanselm, Auselm. [more]
How popular is Anselm?
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 (not ranked) 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)