Elma - Meaning of Elma
[ 2 syll. el-ma, elm-a ] The baby girl name Elma is pronounced EHLMaa- †. Elma has its origins in the Old English and Germanic languages. It is used largely in German, Italian, and English. From Old English roots, its meaning is 'nobly famous' - in this context, Elma can be used in the German and Italian languages. It is a two-element name derived from aethel and maer which are of the meanings 'noble, honorable' and 'great, famous' respectively. The name could also have developed as a compound of Elizabeth and Mary, and it's also found as a diminutive of various names ending in '-elma'.
In addition, Elma is a familiar form (English and German) of the Dutch, English, German, and Polish Wilhelmina.
Elma is the feminine version of the English and Scandinavian Elmer.
See also the related form, the English, Italian, and Latin Elmo.
Elma is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1901, 0.074% of baby girls were named Elma. It was #209 in rank then. The baby name has dropped out of favor since then, and is currently of only sporadic use. Within all girl names in its family, Elma was nevertheless the most widely used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Elma: EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"