This name is very popular in Bosnia. I wonder if it has a different meaning there and if so what it is. I don't think that this is only a Finnish name but one used in several languages and cultures. [noted -ed]
Also used in Latvia and in Bosnia, but in the Bosnian case, it may be a form of an Arabic name.
The name Ilma iš also popular in Baltic states.
This is really cute, I like it a lot. It fits in with names such as Isla, Mila and Emma.
This doesn't sound like a name to me. But I do like the variant Ilmi, which is also more common.
I think this would be an especially good name for a baby born under the Air Sign.
Hey that's my real name! I have just learned that it means "air" in Finnish. I just know that it means "knowledge" in Arabic.
This is one of my middle names. It was also my grandmother's name. I like it. I always thought it was a form of Wilhelmina, though.
Ilma is also a very much used word in Maltese meaning Water. The Arabic word for water is Mai or Ma and Il is the article as "the" used before the Arabic word, thus becoming Il-Ma and the Maltese adapted it as one word, Ilma.
Now, noun names are not all that uncommon in Finland. Children have been named Pilvi 'cloud', Aamu 'morning', Ilta 'evening', and the likes, and these are perfectly acceptable names, but this one gets a tad too literal and concrete for many Finns' tastes somehow. I guess this name has been quite common, but I have yet to hear of even a very old woman who has died long ago named Ilma. The masculine name Ilmari used to be common, but it doesn't really mean anything, like this one does. Besides, the name sounds like some other hideous grandmother names like Elma and Alma.
I believe that Tolkien (author of the Lord of the Rings) may well have derived his name for one of the three layers of Middle-Earth air, the Ilwe, from this name.
Really great Finnish name in my opinion!
Also means "air" in Finnish.

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