America was named after the Italian merchant, Amerigo Vespucci, who traveled with Christopher Columbus. It was during their excursion to India, when they got lost, and discovered the new world.
Selma was a name used by James MacPherson, for a castle, in his 18th century poetry. It had a profound effect on many during a time of revolution and is believed to have inspired the name of the Alabama town. This area named Selma, having a tremendous impact on a nation.