Given Name ANSELM

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: AN-zelm (German), AN-selm (English)  [details]

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.
VARIANT: Ansehelm (Ancient Germanic)
FEMININE FORMS: Anselma, Elma (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Anselmi, 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