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Zelma

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17k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Zelma

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

Wiktionary
  1. A female given name, a variant of Selma.

Zelma was also found in the following language(s): Latvian

Notable Persons Named Zelma

Kathryn Grayson was an actress/singer. She was most prominent from 1941 to 1998. Kathryn was given the name Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick on February 9th, 1922 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. She passed away on February 17th, 2010.

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Zelma was born on December 8th, 1903 in Hearne, Texas. Zelma is also known as zelmaa. She breathed her last breath on July 3rd, 1994.

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Zelma I. Edgell is a writer. She was most prominent from 1982 to present. Zelma was born on October 21st, 1940 in Belize City, Belize.

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Zelma was born on February 29th, 1920. She breathed her last breath on May 20th, 2008.

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Zelma O'Neal was an actress. She was most active from 1927 to 1937. Zelma was born on May 29th, 1903 in Rock Falls, Illinois, U.S. She left this life on November 3rd, 1989.

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Zelma Charles Wyche was a barber and official. Zelma was born on January 24th, 1918 in Louisiana, USA. He passed away on September 24th, 1999.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 19 19 0
1881 17 17 0
1882 21 21 0
1883 16 16 0
1884 29 29 0
1885 18 18 0
1886 32 32 0
1887 27 27 0
1888 42 37 5
1889 43 43 0
1890 52 52 0
1891 63 63 0
1892 56 56 0
1893 57 57 0
1894 77 77 0
1895 80 80 0
1896 82 82 0
1897 104 104 0
1898 104 104 0
1899 120 120 0
1900 131 131 0
1901 127 127 0
1902 189 189 0
1903 182 176 6
1904 198 198 0
1905 161 161 0
1906 188 188 0
1907 212 212 0
1908 199 199 0
1909 240 240 0
1910 220 220 0
1911 268 268 0
1912 307 307 0
1913 342 342 0
1914 373 373 0
1915 492 487 5
1916 471 466 5
1917 487 477 10
1918 479 471 8
1919 494 488 6
1920 448 448 0
1921 457 445 12
1922 476 467 9
1923 447 447 0
1924 422 417 5
1925 431 431 0
1926 362 356 6
1927 382 382 0
1928 377 371 6
1929 347 347 0
1930 375 370 5
1931 284 284 0
1932 303 303 0
1933 230 230 0
1934 280 272 8
1935 237 237 0
1936 185 185 0
1937 196 191 5
1938 194 194 0
1939 185 180 5
1940 190 190 0
1941 148 148 0
1942 181 181 0
1943 178 178 0
1944 157 151 6
1945 168 168 0
1946 143 143 0
1947 146 146 0
1948 115 115 0
1949 149 149 0
1950 121 121 0
1951 103 103 0
1952 96 96 0
1953 106 106 0
1954 120 120 0
1955 105 105 0
1956 95 95 0
1957 77 77 0
1958 83 83 0
1959 81 81 0
1960 62 62 0
1961 64 64 0
1962 58 58 0
1963 41 41 0
1964 44 44 0
1965 42 42 0
1966 43 43 0
1967 25 25 0
1968 28 28 0
1969 20 20 0
1970 18 18 0
1971 24 24 0
1972 17 17 0
1973 27 27 0
1974 15 15 0
1975 18 18 0
1976 12 12 0
1977 8 8 0
1978 10 10 0
1979 14 14 0
1980 7 7 0
1981 14 14 0
1982 8 8 0
1983 10 10 0
1985 10 10 0
1986 9 9 0
1987 6 6 0
1988 7 7 0
1989 7 7 0
1991 6 6 0
1992 8 8 0
1994 10 10 0
1996 8 8 0
1997 5 5 0
1998 7 7 0
1999 7 7 0
2000 6 6 0
2002 5 5 0
2005 8 8 0
2006 8 8 0
2007 5 5 0
2008 8 8 0
2009 5 5 0
2010 8 8 0
2011 5 5 0
2012 5 5 0
2013 5 5 0
2014 6 6 0
2015 13 13 0
2016 12 12 0

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Popularity of Zelma as a first name

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Common last names for Zelma

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Fun Facts about the name Zelma

  • How Popular is the name Zelma? Zelma is the 1,822nd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Zelma have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,817 babies born with the first name Zelma in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zelma to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zelma? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 19 new born babies.
  • When was Zelma first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zelma is Friday, November 26th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Zelma born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zelma was in 1919 with a total of 488 babies.
  • Random Zelma Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zelma ranks 100th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 5 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1911.
  • Weird things about the name Zelma: Your name in reverse order is Amlez. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Zmela. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
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