US Popularity:9426
Other Origin(s):Turkish
Meaning:Will, desire; Helmet, protection; Sweet fruit
Elma is a girl's name of German and Turkish origin. It is a common derivative of the German name Wilhelmina, translated to “will” or “desire” and "helmet" or "protection," creating the combined meaning of “will helmet.” In the 19th century, Wilhelmina became popular as the female variant of Wilhelm or William. With a sweet name like Elma, you can reinvent an old favorite or honor a loved one from past generations. Plus, in Turkish, Elma means “sweet fruit,” making this name perfectly ripe for a new baby in the family. Whatever you decide, a name like Elma could inspire baby to use their caring nature to look out for others and support their loved ones.

Elma Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Elma is currently #3434 on The Bump
Girl:Elma is currently #2337 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Elma is currently #9426 in U.S. births
Girl:Elma is currently #5415 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 56
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 132

  • Behind the Name, Elma, December 2022

  • Behind the Name, Wilhelmine, February 2019

  • Behind the Name, Wilhelm, December 2022

  • Behind the Name, William, December 2022

  • Name Doctor, Elma

  • Name Doctor, Wilhelmine

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