Quick Facts on Salma
- Arabic, Spanish
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To be safe
Etymology & Historical Origin - Salma
Salma is a name of Arabic origin (Salāma) and means “safety, well-being”. It was popularized by Mexican born actress Salma Hayek who happens to be Lebanese (Arab) on her father’s side and Spanish on her mother’s. Salma is essentially the female equivalent to the Arabic masculine name Salman (as in Rushdie). Salma is surprisingly popular in Spain and Catalonia, although when the Moors occupied the Iberian Peninsula for over seven centuries in the Middle Ages they left behind many given names of Arabic origin – Salma may be a leftover from that (like Fatima for instance). Or else the Spanish and Catalans are just big fans of Salma Hayek and have since embraced her name as she’s become internationally famous. Salma is also a super popular female name among Arabs in France and Belgium.
Popularity of the Name Salma
Salma hit the American naming charts in 1997. Not surprisingly this is the same year Salma Hayek had her first starring role in an American-made film “Fools Rush In” opposite Matthew Perry. American audiences were instantly awed by the buxom Mexican beauty and her unusual name climbed onto the Top 1000 list of girl names for the first time ever. Although the name showed immediate usage and even scrambled to levels of low-moderation, the frenzy died down pretty quickly and Salma is now back down at the bottom of the list. It’s interesting to see a name of Arabic origin used less by Arab-Americans and more by Hispanic-Americans. We also appreciate the name’s etymology – i.e., safety, well-being – since these are things we want for our children at all times. Perhaps it can be considered a “safety” precaution to name one’s daughter Salma.
Popularity of the Girl Name Salma
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Salma
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Salma
Salma We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Salma.
Popular Songs on Salma
Salma Ya Salama - a song by Dalida
Children's Books on the Baby Name Salma
Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa (Niki Daly) - When Granny asks Pretty Salma to go to the market one day, she warns her not to talk to strangers. But cunning Mr. Dog tricks Salma, and before she knows it, he’s wearing her stripy ntama, her pretty white beads, and her yellow sandals. And he’s on his way to Granny’s house! African culture and flavor infuse this inventive retelling of a favorite fairy tale, and the vibrant lively illustrations bring it to life. The result is a story that combines new and old and spans cultures as successfully as it has spanned the centuries. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Salma
Famous People Named Salma - Salma Hayek (actress)
Children of Famous People Named Salma
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Salma - Queen Rania of Jordan (royalty)
Salma - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Salma - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Salma.
Personality of the Girl Name Salma
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Salma