Alma: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Alma
Origin of the name Alma:
Derived from the Latin almus (nourishing, fostering). Alternatively, Alma may be a direct borrowing from the Spanish alma (soul).
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It's "dear" in Latin, which many will recognize from the phrase "Alma Mater" (literally "dear mother", but used for the school you attended)
Alma is the Portuguese and Spanish word for "soul". If I ever have a daughter, I'll use this name. It's perfect: international, beautiful, not over-used (at least in most countries) and, yes, soulful.
USAGE: English, Spanish, Italian
PRONOUNCED: AL-mə (English)
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My best friend's name is Alma. I love the name, and so does she! I call her Almy (but that's just because we're best friends, other people just call her Alma).
I have an aunt named Alma, I've never thought much of her name one way or the other, but in the last few years of my life, I've really come to love it. She's never had any children due to medical reasons and always desperately wanted one. Hoping that I can convince my husband to one day agree to using it should we have a daughter. She's the sweetest lady anyone could ever meet, and has always been one of my favorite relatives, I'd love to have a daughter one day to bestow her name on, I think it's a highly under rated name that would be a good one to pick for something traditional, yet unique enough to stand out. It's definitely one of the older generational names and with names like Agnes and Margo being used more, Alma would fit right in with those in a classroom.
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The meaning of the name Alma is "soul, good, maiden" etc...
Alma means "soul" in Spanish, "little girl" in Hebrew, and "apple" in Hungarian, but can also be found in collections of Celtic names.
This name became popular after the Battle of Alma (1854), which took place near the River Alma in Crimea and ended in a victory for Britain and France. However, the name was in rare use before the battle; it was probably inspired by Latin almus "nourishing". It also coincides with the Spanish word meaning "the soul".
- Famous real-life people named Alma: | Edit
Alma Mahler-Werfel (nee Schindler,) an Austrian socialite who married composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and novelist Franz Werfel, successively, in addition to passionate affairs with artists Oskar Kokoschka and Gustav Klimt.
Alma Prica (1962- ), notable actress
- Alma in song, story & screen: | Edit
Tom Lehrer wrote the song "Alma" about Alma Mahler-Werfel ("Alma, tell us / All modern women are jealous / Which of your magical wands / Got you Gustav and Walter and Franz? ...")
There is a character in the Book of Mormon named Alma who is a male prophet.
Alma, title character in 1910 musical Alma, Where Do You Live?