Its source is a Latin expression meaning "Kind."
This girl's name is used in Hebrew, English, Italian and Spanish.
The name Alma ranked 551st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 196th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
It is derived from a Latin expression meaning ''Kind,'' though the fact that it is also the word for ''Soul'' in Italian and Spanish may influence its use in countries where those languages are spoken.
The Hebrew version of Alma is independently derived from an expression meaning ''Young woman.''
Stage and Screen
Alma Rubens (born 1897, died 1931)
American silent-film actress whose life and career were cut short by heroin addiction.