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PronouncedPron.AN-zelm German
AN-selm English

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic elements ans "god" and helm "helmet, protection". This name was brought to England in the late 11th century by Saint Anselm, who was born in northern Italy. He was archbishop of Canterbury and a Doctor of the Church.
VariantAnsehelm Ancient Germanic
Feminine FormsAnselma, Elma German
Other Languages & CulturesAnselmi, Anssi Finnish Anselme French Anselmo Italian Anselmo Portuguese Anselmo Spanish Anshel Yiddish

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 128


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute