Gender: Female Pronunciation: AHL-mah Meaning of Alma: "nurturing, soul" Origin of Alma: Latin Alma's Popularity in 2018: #645

Alma Origin and Meaning

The name Alma is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "nurturing, soul".

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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Rank in US: #645

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Pop Culture References for the name Alma

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...