[ 2 syll. nor-ma, no-rma ] The baby girl name Norma is pronounced in English as NOWR-Mah †. Norma is used mostly in the English, German, Hungarian, and Italian languages, and its language of origin is Latin. The name is possibly from the Latin 'norma' (meaning rule, standard, pattern) in reference to the carpenter's method of measurement. It was first invented by Felice Romani in his libretto for the Bellini opera Norma (1831), in which Norma is a high-priestess. The name has in modern times been used as a feminine form of Norman despite the difference in origin.
In addition, Norma is a derivative of Nora.
Another variant of Norma is the English and Irish pet form Noreen.
See also the related form, the English Norman.
Norma is unusual as a baby name for girls. Its usage peaked in 1931 with 0.794% of baby girls being given the name Norma. Its ranking then was #22. The baby name has since markedly declined in popularity, and is currently used on a very modest scale. Among the group of girl names directly linked to Norma, Nora was the most regularly used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Norma: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
Details of famous persons named Norma:
Actress Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, 1 June 1926 - 4 August 1962, Los Angeles, California.
Actress Norma Shearer, born Edith Norma Shearer, August 10, 1902 - June 12, 1983, Montreal, Canada.
Political Relative Norma Major, born Norma Wagstaff, 12 February 1942, Shropshire, England.
Singer Peggy Lee, born Norma Egstrom, 26 May 1920 - 21 January 2002, Jamestown, North Dakota.