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Girl Name: Selma

Name: Selma
Pronunciation: \s(e)-lma, sel-ma\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: helmet of God; safe
Origin: German
Related Names: Velma, Salome
Sounds Like: Selima, Salama, Soloma, Saloma, Salima, Salmah, Sahlma, Selimah, Zelima, Zulma
Variant forms: Anselma, Salma, Sellma, Selmah, Zelma, Zelmah
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 691
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 45493


Selma \s(e)-lma, sel-ma\ as a girl's name is pronounced SEL-mah. It is of Old German and Arabic origin, and the meaning of Selma is "helmet of God; safe". Feminine short form of Anselma; variant of Salma. Actress Selma Blair.

Selma has 6 variant forms: Anselma, Salma, Sellma, Selmah, Zelma and Zelmah.

For more information, see also related names Velma and Salome.

Baby names that sound like Selma are Selima, Salama, Soloma, Saloma, Salima, Salmah, Sahlma, Selimah, Zelima and Zulma.

View a list of the 5 names that reference Selma.


Selma is a very popular first name for women (#691 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for both men and women (#45493 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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