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What does Petula mean?

Petula Pronunciation of Petula [petu-la] as a girls' name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Petula is "pertness". This name was first heard of in the 20th century due to the perpetually pert Petula Clark's stage and screen career. It could derive from the term of endearment "pet", with a suffix from Ursula. The Latin term "petulare" meaning "to ask" is another possible source. Also possibly from the flower name Petunia.

Associated with: 20th century (modern), flower.


Petula has 1 variant: Petulah.

2 more different relations via Ursula: Seula and Sula.

Creative forms:
(female) Pentula, Petupa, ..

(male) Petuke, ..

Middle name pairings:
Petula Harmoni (P.H.), ..

How popular is Petula?

Petula is an uncommon given name for females. Petula is an equally rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Sula and Ursula are the prominent variation forms of Petula (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Petula was more pronounced 115 years ago, but now, the version Ursula has become less in vogue. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sula, Ursula in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Petula and related baby names outside U.S.