Anselm - Meaning of Anselm
[ 2 syll. an-sel(m), ans-e-lm ] The baby boy name Anselm is pronounced in English as AEN-SehLM †. Anselm is largely used in the English, German, and Spanish languages, and it is derived from Germanic origins. The name's meaning is protected by God. A two-element name, it is from the elements 'ans' meaning God ; 'helm' helmet, protection. Anshelm (Germanic) is an original form of Anselm. The name was first introduced to Italy by the invading Lombards. It was later borne by the Italian-born Saint Anselm (1033-1109), who brought the name to England in the late 11th century when he was made the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is also regarded as a Doctor of the Church, and the name has since been used as a Roman Catholic name. It later saw a small revival in the 19th century. The name is also known from the American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984); the form Ansel is derived from a surname originally from Anselm.
Anselm is a variant of the name Ansel (English, Spanish, and Yiddish).
The name Anselma (Dutch, German, Italian, and Spanish) is the female equivalent of Anselm.
Anselm has 20 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Ancel, Anse, Ansel, Ansell, and Anslem. The diminutive form Elmo (used in Italian, and Latin as well) is another English variant.
Foreign variants of Anselm include Amselmo (Spanish), Ancelmo (Spanish), Anselino (Spanish), Anselme (French), Anselmi (Finnish), Anselmo (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Anselmus (Latinized), Anshelm (Scandinavian), Anssi (Finnish), Anzelm (Polish), Anzelmo (Spanish), Enselmo (Spanish), Selmo (Spanish), and Semo (Spanish).
Anselm is infrequently used as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
† Pronunciation for Anselm: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)"
A famous person named Anselm is Philosopher, St. Anselm, born 1033 - 21 April 1109.