Selma

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

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Selma

  1. A female given name.
    • 1765 James Macpherson, The Poems of Ossian, Tauchnitz 1847, page 253:
      Happy are thy people, O Fingal! king of resounding Selma!
  2. A surname​.
  3. A city in Alabama, USA, and the county seat of Dallas County.
  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

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Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Selma

  1. A female given name, cognate to the English Selma.

Faroese[edit]

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Selma f

  1. A female given name

Usage notes[edit]

Matronymics

  • son of Selma: Selmuson
  • daughter of Selma: Selmudóttir

Declension[edit]

Singular
Indefinite
Nominative Selma
Accusative Selmu
Dative Selmu
Genitive Selmu

Finnish[edit]

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Selma

  1. A female given name, cognate to the English Selma.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of Selma (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative Selma Selmat
genitive Selman Selmojen
partitive Selmaa Selmoja
illative Selmaan Selmoihin
singular plural
nominative Selma Selmat
accusative nom. Selma Selmat
gen. Selman
genitive Selman Selmojen
Selmainrare
partitive Selmaa Selmoja
inessive Selmassa Selmoissa
elative Selmasta Selmoista
illative Selmaan Selmoihin
adessive Selmalla Selmoilla
ablative Selmalta Selmoilta
allative Selmalle Selmoille
essive Selmana Selmoina
translative Selmaksi Selmoiksi
instructive Selmoin
abessive Selmatta Selmoitta
comitative Selmoineen

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Icelandic[edit]

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Selma f

  1. A female given name

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Norwegian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Selma

  1. A female given name, cognate to the English Selma.

Portuguese[edit]

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Selma f

  1. A female given name, equivalent to English Selma

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish [Term?] (Turkish Selma), from Arabic سَلْمَى (salmā).

Proper noun[edit]

Selma f (Cyrillic spelling Селма)

  1. A female given name

Swedish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Selma

  1. A female given name, cognate to the English Selma.

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic سَلْمَى (salmā).

Proper noun[edit]

Selma

  1. A female given name