Name: Alma

Origin and Meaning of the Name Alma

  • Meaning:
    Maiden
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  • Meaning:
    Effort
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  • Meaning:
    Nourishing
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  • Meaning:
    Soul
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  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (AHL mah)
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    Itself (Alma)
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Miscellaneous Info for Alma

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  • Used in:
    English, Hebrew and Spanish speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Could be explained as from the Hebrew, 'maiden', from the Germanic 'amal', 'effort', or from the Latin 'alma', 'nourishing'.

    The River Alma in Ukraine was the site of a battle during the Crimean War, which was won by British, French and Ottoman forces. Alma was used more commonly in Britain in the 1850s due to the victory.

    Alma Schindler was the wife of composer Gustav Mahler, and was famed for her beauty. Alma Cogan was a singer in the 1950s.

    The Book of Alma is contained in The Book of Mormon - a sacred text in the Latter Day Saint movement. The Alma of the title is a male priest.

    'Alma mater' - nourishing mother - is a term used when talking about someone's university or college.

    The Malus sieversii apple is known as the alma in Kazakhstan.

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