Norma is a female given name which seems to have first been used by Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini for his opera Norma (1831). He may have possibly based it from Latin norma meaning “rule; standard, pattern; a carpenter’s square”, though it could also be used as a feminine form of Norman which comes from an English surname, a byname originally given to those who came from Scandinavia or had Scandinavian ancestry. It means “northman”. It was also eventually used to describe someone who came from Normandy, France.

Norma is also the name of a constellation.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European


Female forms:

  • Normina (English)


Male forms:

  • Norman (English, Ancient Germanic)


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