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Meaning and name origin

Anselm \a-nse-lm, an-selm\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Anse, Ansel, Anselme, Anselmi, Anselmo, Anso, Elmo and Selmo.

There is 1 feminine form of Anselm: Anselma.


Anselm is not a popular first name for males but a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#66008 out of 88799, Top 74%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Anselm and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Elmo, Anselmo and Ansel. (2014 statistics).

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.

Similar Names

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