What does selma mean?

Definitions for selma
ˈsɛl məsel·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Selmanoun

    a town in central Alabama on the Alabama river; in 1965 it was the center of a drive to register Black voters


  1. Selmanoun

    A female given name.

  2. Selmanoun

    A surname.

  3. Selmanoun

    A city, the county seat of Dallas County, Alabama; named for James Macpherson's Ossianic poem The Songs of Selma.

  4. Selmanoun

    A city in California; named for early resident Selma Michelson.

  5. Selmanoun

    A city in Texas.

  6. Selmanoun

    A town in North Carolina; named for the city in Alabama.

  7. Selmanoun

    A town in Indiana.

  8. Selmanoun

    A census-designated place in Oregon.

  9. Selmanoun

    A census-designated place in Virginia.

  10. Selmanoun

    A village in Graubünden, Switzerland.

  11. Selmanoun

    A community in Nova Scotia.

  12. Selmanoun

    An unincorporated community in Arkansas.

  13. Selmanoun

    An unincorporated community in Iowa.

  14. Selmanoun

    An unincorporated community in Kansas.

  15. Selmanoun

    An unincorporated community in Missouri; named for the place in the Ossian cycle.

  16. Selmanoun

    An unincorporated community in Ohio.

  17. Etymology: Taken to use in the 19th century when similar-sounding names, Elma, Thelma, Alma, Wilma, etc. were in vogue. Perhaps a shortening of Anselma, or from the name of a place in the James Macpherson's Ossian cycle of epic poems, itself from Scottish Gaelic sealladh + math ("good vision"). In some cases perhaps borrowed from Turkish Selma, from Arabic سَلْمَى (salmā).


  1. Selma

    Selma is a city in and the county seat of Dallas County, in the blackbelt region of lower west Alabama. Located on the banks of the Alabama River, it has a population of 20,756 as of the 2010 census. The city is best known for the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement and the Selma to Montgomery marches that originated in the city.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SELMA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Selma is ranked #118853 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Selma surname appeared 146 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Selma.

    54.1% or 79 total occurrences were Black.
    21.9% or 32 total occurrences were White.
    13.7% or 20 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    9.5% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.

Matched Categories

Anagrams for selma »

  1. amels

  2. lames

  3. lamés

  4. males

  5. meals

  6. mesal

  7. Salem

  8. semla

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of selma in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of selma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of selma in a Sentence

  1. Alston Keith Jr.:

    I don't know if the movie is going to help Selma's image the way it will be portrayed.

  2. Selma Blair:

    I have underestimated me in the past and I have proved Selma Blair wrong. So don't underestimate me.

  3. President Obama:

    It’s why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan – and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well, so that’s what we mean when we say America is exceptional. Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow.

  4. John Lewis:

    I never saw him. I never met him, i was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years, from 1963 to 1966. I was involved with the sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and directed to voter education project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton.

  5. The NAACP:

    This is our Selma.

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