Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic سليم
Meaning: “safe.”

The name is derived from the Arabic word, salima (to be safe). Its Turkish form of Selîm was a very popular choice among the Ottomanian Sultans, being borne by at least three.

The name also seems to have been occasionally used in 18th and 19th-century Britain and America. It was borne by Selim E. Woodworth (1815-1871) a commander of the United States Navy, and British born American pioneer Selim Franklin (1814-1884). It was also borne by Finnish composer Selim Gustav Adolf Palmgren (1878-1951) and one of the most famous Kurdish poets, known simply as Salîm (1800-1866).

Currently, Selîm is the 373rd most popular male name in Germany, (2011) while Salim stands as the 495th most popular male name in France, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Selim (Egyptian/Sudanese/Tunisian)
  • Saleem (Indian/Urdu/Pakistani)
  • Salîm (Kurdish)
  • Selîm (Turkish)
Feminine forms include Salima, Salma and Selima.