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Irma is also Spanish in usage. In this language it is sometimes confused with Inma (short form of Inmaculada). They are different names - while Inma (Inmaculada) is Latin, Irma is Germanic, and Inma is a short form of a name, not Irma.
-- alberto  12/12/2004
Shirley MacLaine played the title role in the 1963 movie "Irma la Douce."
-- alberto  4/2/2005
This name also means in Portuguese "sister".
-- alberto  1/15/2006
Irma Gobb is the name of Mr Bean's girlfriend in the children's cartoon.
-- Anonymous User  8/21/2006
Irma Lair is the water guardian in the TV/book/comic series WITCH.
-- bibi66  2/25/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia. [noted -ed]
-- earthnut  7/2/2007
This name sounds horrible in English, but Europeans pronounce it in a bearable way (aside from the Brits, of course, ha ha). It's a bit of a grandmother name, but it's not as bad as Elma and Alma for some reason, despite the two having a softer sound. Certainly not a name I'd use for my daughter, but bearable if pronounced the non-English way.
-- slight night shiver  6/5/2008
Irma was a recurring character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. She was a friend of April O'Neil.
-- ICEyun  3/5/2009
I prefer the name Emma, than Irma.
-- 1998emma  7/14/2009
Irma Grese was a Nazi and a concentration camp guard. She was probably one of the most well-known female Nazis. She was quite cruel to inmates, and has thus kind of ruined the name for me.
-- bananarama  7/26/2009
The German pronunciation is EER-mah. [noted -ed]
-- mafiosa  8/7/2009
This isn't right. In German we pronounce it 'ürmah', the 'i' has nearly no sound.
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2009
I know a young woman whose given name is Irmela, a diminutive of Irma. Her German father pronounces it IR-me-la, and her English mother (and all her friends) say ER-me-la.
-- Anneza  3/2/2010
Actually it is pronounced IRR-mah (it might sound almost like Ür-mah). This my grandma's name. We live in Germany.
-- Swiff  6/9/2010
Actually, this is my grandfather's name, though he pronounces it EAR-ma. I am not sure where this comes from. Still, this name in English sounds like it belongs to an old woman.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2010
This is what my friend calls me. It sounds like my real name, Emma.
-- writer371  3/4/2011
The name Irma is on the 2017 storm name list. Starting in 2017, Irma will be used, replacing the name Irene, which was retired after Hurricane Irene in 2011.
-- dwayne1996  8/18/2012
I like it pronounced eer-ma. Ur-ma is kind of ugly.
-- Anonymous User  1/28/2013
Irma is a character from the comedy radio program, My Friend Irma. It was so popular it also became a television program, a comic strip, a comic book and 2 Paramount movies, the first being the film debut of the comedy team Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Marie Wilson portrayed Irma in radio, television and movies.
-- essie  7/3/2014
"Eer-ma" isn't bad, but I just naturally want to say "Ur-ma," which sounds pleasant enough to my ear. :)
-- IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  4/26/2015
Irma is also Georgian in usage...
-- ako  9/13/2015
With the recent popularity of Emma, I'm surprised Irma hasn't made a comeback. I personally like this name.
-- keithdrac  11/24/2015

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