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.
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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).
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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.
- 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.
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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.
Global Popularity of the Name Alma
- #29 in Sweden
- #32 in Denmark
- #75 in Norway
- #792 in United States