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What does Alma mean?

Alma Pronunciation of Alma as a girls' name is pronounced AL-mah. It is of Latin, Italian, Hebrew and Arabic origin, and the meaning of Alma is "nourishing, kind; soul; young woman; learned". Modern name. Also the name of a river in the Crimea where the famous 19th-century Battle of Alma was fought. "Alma mater" is the term for a college or university, meaning "fostering mother". American vamp of the silent screen, Alma Bennett; composer's wife Alma Mahler.


ASSOCIATED WITH arabic, kind (gracious), soul (life), young, learned (wisdom), modern, river, 19th century, battle


VARIANTS Almah, Allma




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How popular is Alma?

Alma is a very prominent first name for females (#196 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#40465 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Alma reached its peak rank of #54 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is presently at #645. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alma name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alma outside U.S.

Which version is better?

The only other prominent variation form of Alma (#645 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) listed in the Top 2000 is Elma. Adoption of these relations of Alma was at its peak a century ago (MEDIAN #141) and has become significantly lower since, with versions like Alma becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alma, Elma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alma is alike in pronunciation to Ellma, Willma, Wilma and Wylma. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aalya, Abia, Afua, Ailsa, Aime, Aina, Al, Ala, Alamea, Alana, Alba, Alda, Alea, Aleah, Alena, Aleta, Alfa, Alia, Aliah, Alika, Alima, Alina, Alix, Alla, Allia, Allta, Ally, Almeta, Aloha, Aloma, Alona, Alpha, Alta, Altha, Alufa, Aluma, Alura, Alva, Alvar, Alvy, Alya, Alyna, Alyx, Ama, Amal, Ame, Ami, Amia, Amma, Ana, Anima, Anja, Anka, Arda, Aria, Arla, Asma, Assa, Auda, Avia, Cama, Dalma, Erma, Kama, Osma, Pama, Soma, Toma, Valma, Vilma and Zulma. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alma.

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