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Gender: Female Pronunciation: AHL-mah Meaning of Alma: "nurturing, soul" Origin of Alma: Latin Alma's Popularity in 2017: #643

The name Alma is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "nurturing, soul". Alma is ranked #643 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more.

In addition to being familiar via the term alma mater, Alma has many cultural ties, such as Alma Mahler, a 19th Century composer and musician and the character Alma Del Mar played by Michelle Williams in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain. Other characters named Alma have appeared in Deadwood, The Hunger Games, American Horror Story, and The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. In the Tennessee Williams play Summer and Smoke, a character named Alma explains that her name is "Spanish for soul."

The name became fashionable in England following the Battle of Alma--named for the Russian river—during the Crimean War.

Always well used in Hispanic families, Alma seems to be on the brink of making a comeback, a la Ella and Ada; appreciated for its simplicity, integrity, and—yes—soul.

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Famous People Named Alma

Alma Thomas, American painter
Alma Leonore Beltran, Mexican actress
Alma Angela Cogan, English pop singer
Alma Guillermoprieto, Mexican journalist
Alma Redlinger, Romanian painter & illustrator
Alma Lucy Reville, Lady Hitchcock, English director and screenwriter; wife of director Alfred Hitchcock
Alma Genevieve Rubens, American silent film actress
Alma Maria Mahler, Austrian socialite; wife of composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and novelist Franz Werfel
Alma Socorro Martínez (Torres), Mexican footballer
Alma Templeton Moodie, Australian violinist
(Alma) Andrea Meza, Miss World Mexico 2017
Alma Jiménez Porter (b. 2011), daughter of footballer Iker Jimenez
Alma Sanz (b. 2014), daughter of singer Alejandro Sanz
Mia Alma Lavandeira (b. 2015), daughter of gossip blogger Perez Hilton
Alma Versano (b. 2011), daughter of actress Gal Gadot and Yaron Versano
Alma Mascherano, daughter of Argentine footballer Javier Mascherano
Alma Bay Dano (b. 2018), daughter of actor/writers Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano

Pop Culture References for the name Alma

Alma Singer, character in The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Alma Winemiller, main character in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke
Alma Walker, character on FX's American Horror Story: Asylum
Alma Coin, character in The Hunger Games trilogy
Alma Dray, character in film Now You See Me
Alma Garret, character on TV's Deadwood
Alma LeFay Peregrine, character in the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs
Alma Wade, character in the F.E.A.R. video game series
Alma Parker, character in 1966 film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Alma Halliwell, character on British soap Coronation Street
Alma Hodge, character on TV's Desperate Housewives
Alma, a Greater Fiend from the video game Ninja Gaiden
Alma Montemayor, main character in Mexican telenovela Porque el amor manda
Alma Beoulve, character in video game Final Fantasy Tactics
Alma Jinnai, character in anime Jewelpet Tinkle
Alma Pudden, character in the St Clare book series by Enid Blyton
Alma, character in animated series Doc McStuffins
Alma novel by Oswald de Andrade
Book of Alma, section of the Book of Mormon
Alma, a character in The Handmaid's Tale TV series

Almah, Allma


gsjones Says:


Is my name and i love it. Is short, sweet but strong and don't need nn. Love it.

Ruanne Says:


This name is indeed more popular down here on the Border. It's a pretty one!

WiseBird39 Says:


Same! The Alma in the Book Of Mormon is pronounced al-mah, with an A like in "apple", and that's the only way that I've heard Alma pronounced in the area where I live :)

Janae_Mancheski7 Says:


I've loved this name ever since the Asylum season of AHS, and I'm pretty fluent in Spanish too. What a gorgeous name

elifsu Says:


Alma also means apple in Turkish, and have other spellings like Almila and Elma. I personally prefer Almila more but Alma is really sweet too.

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name is ready for a comeback. I like it.

MonikerWanderer Says:


The only Alma I know is male. Alma is a male figure in Mormonism and I'd say there's enough male Almas, at least in the Western U.S., to warrant a male listing for this name.

Zelliew Says:


I find it akin to Ada. I'm not a fan of either name.

indiefendi2 Says:


I love that Alma means soul.

Kateri Says:


A lovely, simple, elegant name.

Daphodil Says:


Alma is sweet, and I especially appreciate its meaning. It's an underused gem!

dewdropsandroses Says:


is half of the description supposed to be orange? It's giving me a headache...