Gender: Female Meaning of Irma: "universal, complete" Origin of Irma: German, diminutive of several names, meaning "universal, complete"

Irma Origin and Meaning

The name Irma is a girl's name of German origin meaning "universal, complete".

A Top 200 choice in the US from the late 1880s to the early 1930s, Irma has nevertheless fallen out of favor with modern parents, and doesn't look set for the sort of comeback that some of her vintage sisters have enjoyed in recent years. The devastating hurricane which hit the Caribbean Islands and the south-east coast of the US in 2017 has no doubt dealt its chances of revival a further blow.

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Pop Culture References for the name Irma

Irminia, Irmgard, Irmina, Irmgarde, Erma, Irmine, Ermengard


ivy194 Says:


Nice, but not my style.

river_dweller Says:


Irma is lovely as is, but I think Irma could work as a nn for Hermione (with a middle name starting with A)?
It's such a beautiful hidden gem. Next to Inez, Alma, Edna, Esther, Etc.

Jeff1980 Says:


Anyone else agree ?

Jeff1980 Says:


Well said, we don't want to offend anyone or hurt their feelings, Virtually all names are unique & special & beautiful in their own ways !!!

Jeff1980 Says:


Cherilyn, me too, also in the Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis, there is a character named Irma,
Irma the Waitress, who owns Irma's Diner, in some strips Jon Arbuckle & Garfield go to Irma's Diner, eat & Chat with Irma

Cherilyn Says:


I think of the character from the 1987 TMNT TV series.

beachbear Says:


Oh, yes. I was going to comment that given the hurricane, the description ought to be updated.

Mhill46 Says:


Really wish Nameberry's descriptions were a little more informative as opposed to just plain rude sometimes. You can say a name sounds dated without being rude. There are real people who have this name you know.

Leah_ Says:


After seeing the rude nameberry discription, hurricane Irma seeks revenge

Cormorant Says:


I love this name! Unfortunately, it's quickly going the route of another name I really like...Katrina....

iipostmvh Says:


"Wears orthopedic shoes and support hose", yeah right along with Esther, Ruth, Hazel, and formerly Emma. I get the point of the description, but it can make the same point without being mean and closed minded.

BrittanyBrown Says:


Let the writers of this site crack jokes every once in a while. Don't be so PC. Loosen up!

indiefendi2 Says:


yes this name is ugly but at least give the proper "ugly name" description like Mildred has.

Scorpio Says:


The description for this name is needlessly cruel.

Ziggy2112 Says:


Very rude description

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I've met an Irma, and she was lovely. This description is incredibly rude and does not do this name justice!

snowsbeloved Says:


Interesting that this name has the same meaning and origin as Emma...yet completely different images.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


Not my favourite but it definitely doesn't deserve that- I think it could be cute on a little girl. My issue is I can't see it 'growing up' along with the child.

jojobabyberry Says:


Me too. I love the name though. Plus Irma was my favorite x)

clairels Says:


Technically you're right, but it's still funny. And no, I don't like the name Irma.

NaomiNY Says:


I always think of the character from W.I.T.C.H.

PeachyOwl Says:


While I'm not a huge fan of this name, there's nothing wrong with it and it's not fair to make fun of people with orthopedic shoes and support hose just because you dislike the name.

Vespertinerose Says:


I think that is harsh! It is a great name!