The name is of uncertain origin and meaning. A few possibilities is that it could be from the Arabic, al-Mina meaning, “the port.” It appears as a place name throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Spain.
Another possibility is that it is a Bosnian elaborate form of Alma, which is either from the Turkish meaning, “apple” or from the Spanish meaning, “soul.”
It may also very well be a contraction of Wilhelmina, and appears in the Netherlands in the form of Elmina, though now the name is rather rare.
A most notable bearer was Almina, Countess of Carnarvon (1876-1969), she is most famous for being present at the excavation and opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt.
Currently, Almina is the 82nd most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).
The name seems to have had some usage in 19th-century America, as it was the 817th most popular female name in 1883.