The name is of uncertain origin or derivation, although some theories suggest that it is from the Latin word norma meaning “patterns; rule” or that it is a feminine form of the English surname turned given name, Norman.
It first gained recognition from the 1831 opera by Vincenzo Bellini and Felice Romani.
The name has experienced widespread usage across Europe and the Anglo-phone world since. Between 1931-32, Norma was the 22nd most popular female name, today, she does not appear in the U.S. top 1000.
In pop culture, it was borne by Norma Jeane Mortensen Baker (also known as Marilyn Monroe).
The designated name-day in Latvia is August 2.