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What does Velma mean?

Velma Pronunciation of Velma as a girls' name is pronounced VEL-ma. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Velma is "determined protector". Variant of Wilma. Also possibly a variant of either Selma or Thelma, or possibly a combination of the two. Also form of Wilhelmina.


ASSOCIATED WITH determined, protector (defender), combination (blend)


VARIANTS Valma, Vehlma, Vellma

RELATED FORMS VIA SELMA, THELMA, WILMA Anselma, Salma, Sellma, Selmah, Telma, Thellma, Vilma, Willma, Wylma, Zelma, Zelmah

(female) Velna, ..

(male) Velan, ..

Velma Italy (V.I.), ..

How popular is Velma?

Velma is a very popular first name for females (#286 out of 4276, Top 7%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Velma reached its apex rank of #96 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Velma are Salma (#799 FROM RECENT DATA), Selma, Thelma, Vilma, Wilhelmina (#1670), Willma, Wilma, Wylma and Zelma. These relations of Velma were popular a century ago (ADOPTION OF 1.34%) and are now much less popular (ADOPTION 0.03%, DOWN 98%), with versions such as Velma becoming less trendy. Salma is the most trendy baby name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Velma, Salma, Selma, Thelma, Vilma in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilhelmina, Willma, Wilma, Wylma, Zelma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Selma, Vilma, Wilma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Adelma, Allma, Alma, Dalma, Delma, Desma, Ellma, Elma, Gemma, Halma, Helima, Helma, Hema, Herma, Hilma, Jemma, Neema, Neima, Neoma, Palma, Peloma, Seema, Selima, Talma, Vala, Valda, Valja, Valka, Valla, Veda, Veeda, Veena, Veera, Veeta, Veeva, Vega, Veida, Veina, Veira, Velda, Velika, Vellda, Velora, Vena, Venia, Venna, Vera, Verda, Verka, Verla, Verna, Vesta, Veta, Zelima and Zulma. These names tend to be less frequently used than Velma.

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