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What does Anselm mean?

Anselm /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.

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


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

Anselm has 1 feminine form: Anselma.

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

(female) Anneet, Ante, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is a comparison of the history of the boy name Anselm and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Anselm (not ranked) are Ansel (#1480 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 87%), with the version Elmo becoming less fashionable. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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.

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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.