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Gender: Female Meaning of Norma: "from the north; or, the pattern" Origin of Norma: English or Latin

The name Norma is a girl's name of English origin meaning "from the north; or, the pattern". Norma and is often added to lists like Space Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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Invented for Bellini's opera, Norma had some star quality in the silent-screen and Marilyn Monroe days, but at this point it's a graying grandma in baby name limbo.

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Famous People Named Norma

Norma Jeane Mortenson/Baker, birth name of American pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe
Norma Talmadge, American actress of the silent era
(Edith) Norma Shearer, American actress
Norma Descygne Smallwood, Miss America 1926
Norma Deloris Egstrom, birth name of Peggy Lee, American singer
Norma Fox Mazer, American children's novelist
Norma Klein, American children's novelist
Norma Aleandro (Robledo), Argentine actress
Norma Crane, American actress
Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress
Norma Christina Elizabeth Major, Lady Major, wife of British Prime Minister John Major
Norma Beatriz Nolan, Miss Argentina and Miss Universe 1926
Norma Leah McCorvey aka Jane Roe, plaintiff in the U.S. Roe v. Wade court case
Norma Cole, American poet
Norma Teagarden, American jazz pianist
Norma Ann Winstone, English jazz singer
Norma Christine Waterson, English folk singer of The Watersons

Pop Culture References for the name Norma

"Norma Rae," movie starring Sally Field as Norma Rae Webster
Norma Arnold, mother on TV's "The Wonder Years"
Norma Bates, main character on TV's "Bates Motel" and movie "Psycho"
Norma Bates, character on American soap "Passions"
Norma Desmond, character in movie "Sunset Boulevard"
Norma Cenva, character in the "Dune" series
Norma Romano, character on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black"
Norma, minor character from video game "Final Fantasy Mystic Quest"
Norma, character in book/movie "Carrie"
Grammy Norma, character in movie "The Lorax"
Norma DePlume, character in video game "Ace Attorney"
Norma, constellation of the southern sky
"Norma," opera by Vincenzo Bellini and its main character
"Norma," play by Henrik Ibsen and its main character
"Norma," novel by Vladimir Sorokin


Liberty_Bell Says:


Love, love, love this name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like a lot of old-fashioned and "dated" names, but not a fan of this one. I guess it's okay.

Daiseymae Says:


I don't dislike this name, but there are other names that I like better.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Never been a fan of this name. Sounds like someone really wanted their child to be normal.

Norma Campbell Says:


I am a grandma, so the comment about graying grandma is not offensive to

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Me too :)

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