[ 2 syll. se-li-ma, sel-ima ] The baby girl name Selima is pronounced as S-LIY-Maa- †. Selima has its origins in the Arabic language. It is used largely in English and Slavic. The name is of debated origin; it has sometimes been associated with Selina. The name was first recorded in use by Thomas Gray for the cat in his poem 'Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat' (1748); Gray could have based the name on the element selim or salim. Selima is the feminine version of the African, Arabic, English, and Swahili Salim.
Selima has 19 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Lima, Saleema, Saleemah, Sel, Seleama, Seleema, Seleima, Selema, Selemah, Seleyma, Seliema, Selimah, Selimma, Sellie, and Selyma. Forms used in foreign languages include the Arabic Saalima and the Arabic Salima. The diminutives Salma (Arabic) and Selma (Arabic and Slavic) are other foreign forms.
The origin and meaning of the name Selima is inherited by all variant forms.
Selima is not often used as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names. In 2018, among the family of girl names directly related to Selima, Salma was the most frequently used.
Baby names that sound like Selima include Salam, Salane, Salaome, Saleane, Saleem, Salem, Salin, Saline, Sallene, Sallin, Salline, Sallyn, Sallyne, Salma, Salyn, Salyne, Selin, Seline, Selyn, and Selyne.
† Pronunciation for Selima: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"