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What does Anselm mean?

Anselm Pronunciation of Anselm [anselm] 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.

Associated with: helmet (defender), saint, conqueror (king), medieval.


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

1 feminine form: Anselma.

Creative forms:
(male) Arselm, Auselm, ..


Middle name pairings:
Anselm Houston (A.H.), ..

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. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Anselm (not ranked) are Ansel (#1171 from current records), Anselmo, Elmo and Selma. Usage of these forms of Anselm was at its peak a century ago (adoption of 0.04%) and has become much lower since (adoption 0.01%, down 81%), with the version Elmo becoming less fashionable. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ansel, Anselmo, Elmo, Selma in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abdel, Abdell, Abel, Abele, Abell, Abiel, Abiell (see Abiel), Absalom, Abyel, Abyell (see Abiel), Acel, Addem, Adeel, Adiel, Ainsly, Akeem, Aksel, Alem, Amiel, Amyel, Anael, Analu, Ancell, Ange, Angel, Angell, Angelmo, Angelo, Anjel, Anjelo, Anker, Anscom, Ansell, Anslea, Ansley, Anslie, Ansly, Anson, Ansson, Antal, Anteo, Anteus, Antol, Antoly, Anwel, Anwell, Anwil, Anwill, Anyoli, Ariell, Arsen, Arsene, Arseni, Arseno (see Arsenio), Aryell, Asael, Ase, Aseem, Asen, Ashely, Ashly (see Ashley), Asim, Askel, Asser, Aurel, Aureli, Aurelo, Aviel, Avrel, Avyel, Axel, Axell, Azeem, Kenhelm and Kennelm (see Kenelm). These names tend to be more frequently used than Anselm.

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