Ancient Near East, Language, Book of Mormon Names
The name Alma appears more frequently in the Book of Mormon than any other name besides Nephi. The name has a logical derivation from a Hebrew root that means “youth” or “lad.”
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hoskisson, Paul Y.
"What's in a Name? Alma as a Hebrew Name,"
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Vol. 7
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol7/iss1/10