Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word meaning “apple” which seems to derive from a Turkic origin. Alma is also a Hebrew female name meaning “young woman”, referring to a young unmarried woman. Alma is also an Italian and Spanish surname.
Although Alma is generally used as a female given name, it has had use as a male name in the past.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Turkic, Hebrew
- Almah (Hebrew)
- Almus (Latin)