The rare name Jarma has appeared in the U.S. baby name data just twice so far:
- 1957: unlisted
- 1956: 5 baby girls named Jarma
- 1955: 7 baby girls named Jarma [debut]
- 1954: unlisted
The influence? Movie and television actress Jarma Lewis, who was at the height of her relatively short career in the mid-’50s. One of her more memorable films was The Tender Trap (1955) starring Frank Sinatra.
She was born in Alabama in 1931, and her full name at birth was Jarma Toy Lewis. According to a 1955 newspaper article, she had “a first name of Czech origin and a middle name of Chinese derivation” despite being “of Irish-English descent.”
(I don’t think “Jarma” is a traditional Czech name, but it may have been based on a traditional Czech name such as Jaromír/Jaromíra or Jarmil/Jarmila.)
Do you like the name Jarma? Would you use it?
- “Jarma Goes From Dentists Office To Hollywood Studio.” Arizona Republic 20 Mar. 1955: 55.
- Jarma Lewis – IMDb