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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... [noted -ed]
-- 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
The name Irma was given to 67 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Irma is also used in Russia.
-- heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/10/2016
Irma is the waitress and owner of "Irma's Diner", a diner occasionally visited by Jon and Garfield. Irma is a model waitress, when she isn't abusing her customers or shaving her legs at the counter. But then the food isn't much either. Irma is often shown to be behaving oddly, for instance, her idea of a "Chicken Surprise" is putting on a chicken mask and yelling "SURPRISE!" Irma is not particularly intelligent either, for instance, in one strip, Jon is deciding what to eat and decides to have the same thing the man next to him is eating, "I'll have what he's having", Irma replies by sliding the man's meal directly in front of Jon. Another example is Jon tells Irma that his potato is bad and she begins "Spanking" it. In another strip, Jon asked Irma why there was a hair in his soup. Irma replies by asking him how he knows that it is not one of his. Jon pulls out the rest of the hair and it turns out that there is a red roller stuck to the hair. He says to Irma that he uses smaller rollers. Jim Davis revealed in Garfield at 25 that he borrowed Irma's name, but not her personality, from his aunt.
-- cutenose  3/1/2017

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