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 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)