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Selma

First Name
27k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
146
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Selma

"Selma" is a name of English origin, and it means "God's Helmet". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A town in central Alabama on the Alabama river; in 1965 it was the center of a drive to register Black voters
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Taken to use in the 19th century when similar-sounding names, Elma, Thelma, Alma, Wilma, etc. were in vogue. Perhaps a shortening of Anselma, from Germanic ans "god" and helm "helmet". It is a place name in the Poems of Ossian, but at least a part of the name-givers must have been aware of the Turkish name Selma, ultimately of Arabic origin.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A surname​.
  3. A city in Alabama
  4. A city in California
  5. A town in Indiana
  6. A town in North Carolina
  7. A community in Nova Scotia, Canada
  8. A village in Switzerland
  9. A city in Texas
  10. A census-designated place in Virginia

Selma was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, and Turkish

Notable Persons Named Selma

Selma Blair is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1995. Selma was given the name Selma Blair Beitner on June 23rd, 1972 in Southfield, Michigan.

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Selma was given the name Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf on November 20th, 1858 in Mårbacka. She breathed her last breath on March 16th, 1940.

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Selma Diamond was a comedic actress, comedy writer for radio, and television. She was most active from 1943 to 1985. Selma was born on August 6th, 1920 in London, Ontario, Canada. She left this life on May 13th, 1985.

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Selma Ergeç is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 2000. Selma was born Selma Ergeç on November 1st, 1978 in Hamm.

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Selma Bajrami is a singer and dancer. Her ongoing career started in 1997. Selma was born on July 4th, 1980 in Tuzla.

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Selma Burke was an artist in the field of sculpture. Selma was given the name Selma Hortense Burke on December 31st, 1900 in Mooresville, North Carolina. She left this life on August 29th, 1995.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Selma

Selma is a pop music and soul music singing and actor. She plays Vocals. Her career lasted from 1999 to 1999. Selma was given the name Selma Björnsdóttir on June 13th, 1974.

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Dick Selma was a baseball player. Dick was born on November 4th, 1943 in Santa Ana, California. He left this life on August 29th, 2001.

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Schwester Selma was a head nurse, shaare zedek hospital, and shaare zedek medical center. Schwester was given the name Selma Mayer on February 3rd, 1884 in Hanover, Germany. She passed away on February 5th, 1984.

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Teresa Selma is an actress, voice actress, theater director, and theater producer. She has had major accomplishments since 1957. Teresa was given the name Teresa Ramos Monte on August 13th, 1930 in Venezuela.

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Jaume was born in 1959 in Barcelona.

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How popular is the baby name Selma in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 36 36 0
1881 47 47 0
1882 54 54 0
1883 80 80 0
1884 63 63 0
1885 68 68 0
1886 91 91 0
1887 97 97 0
1888 139 139 0
1889 133 133 0
1890 165 165 0
1891 206 206 0
1892 209 209 0
1893 211 211 0
1894 212 212 0
1895 208 208 0
1896 238 238 0
1897 183 183 0
1898 229 229 0
1899 206 206 0
1900 239 239 0
1901 242 242 0
1902 252 252 0
1903 218 218 0
1904 231 231 0
1905 224 224 0
1906 252 252 0
1907 231 231 0
1908 262 257 5
1909 256 250 6
1910 299 293 6
1911 327 321 6
1912 393 387 6
1913 460 455 5
1914 601 587 14
1915 753 741 12
1916 728 718 10
1917 795 786 9
1918 811 798 13
1919 696 682 14
1920 768 768 0
1921 713 704 9
1922 701 692 9
1923 711 703 8
1924 742 735 7
1925 678 668 10
1926 681 672 9
1927 680 669 11
1928 608 597 11
1929 569 563 6
1930 559 550 9
1931 432 420 12
1932 335 325 10
1933 301 296 5
1934 264 264 0
1935 220 212 8
1936 250 243 7
1937 231 225 6
1938 194 188 6
1939 163 156 7
1940 156 150 6
1941 149 144 5
1942 159 159 0
1943 122 122 0
1944 134 128 6
1945 111 102 9
1946 143 138 5
1947 140 140 0
1948 135 129 6
1949 120 120 0
1950 102 102 0
1951 126 121 5
1952 107 102 5
1953 119 119 0
1954 112 104 8
1955 112 112 0
1956 115 115 0
1957 105 105 0
1958 95 90 5
1959 90 90 0
1960 93 93 0
1961 121 116 5
1962 90 90 0
1963 66 66 0
1964 62 62 0
1965 92 92 0
1966 54 54 0
1967 40 40 0
1968 34 34 0
1969 35 35 0
1970 40 40 0
1971 37 37 0
1972 23 23 0
1973 26 26 0
1974 17 17 0
1975 22 22 0
1976 20 20 0
1977 27 27 0
1978 22 22 0
1979 19 19 0
1980 25 25 0
1981 28 28 0
1982 27 27 0
1983 18 18 0
1984 19 19 0
1985 11 11 0
1986 27 27 0
1987 19 19 0
1988 26 26 0
1989 24 24 0
1990 35 35 0
1991 30 30 0
1992 32 32 0
1993 17 17 0
1994 22 22 0
1995 32 32 0
1996 42 42 0
1997 54 54 0
1998 64 64 0
1999 70 70 0
2000 81 81 0
2001 90 90 0
2002 74 74 0
2003 96 96 0
2004 118 118 0
2005 117 117 0
2006 103 103 0
2007 100 100 0
2008 90 90 0
2009 87 87 0
2010 86 86 0
2011 96 96 0
2012 72 72 0
2013 82 82 0
2014 108 108 0
2015 88 88 0
2016 95 95 0

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Popularity of Selma as a first name

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Popularity of Selma as a last name

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Common last names for Selma

  • Johnson
  • Anderson
  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Peterson
  • Brown
  • Olson
  • Carlson
  • Jones
  • Cohen
  • Larson
  • Williams
  • Thompson
  • Erickson
  • Davis
  • Schwartz
  • Harris
  • Swanson
  • Wilson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Selma U.S.
  White 21.92% 64.26%
  African American 54.11% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 13.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Selma

People with the last name Selma are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Selma

  • How Popular is the name Selma? Selma is the 1,453rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Selma was the 118,853rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Selma have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 26,542 babies born with the first name Selma in the United States. That's more than enough people named Selma to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Selma? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 36 new born babies.
  • When was Selma first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Selma is Tuesday, September 15th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Selma born? The highest recorded use of the first name Selma was in 1918 with a total of 798 babies.
  • Random Selma Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Selma ranks 83rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 14 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Selma: Your name in reverse order is Amles. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Smael. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Selma? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 146 people with the last name Selma.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Selma? Selma is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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