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What does Petula mean?

Petula \p(e)-tu-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.


Petula has 1 variant: Petulah.

Petula has 21 more different forms via Ursula: Orsa, Orsala, Orsola, Orsolla, Seula, Sula, Ulla, Ursa, Ursala, Urselina, Ursella, Ursie, Ursley, Ursola, Ursule, Ursulette, Ursulina, Ursuline, Ursy, Urszula and Urszuli.


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

Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Petula and affiliated names. Sula and Ursula are the prominent variation forms of Petula (#unlisted) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.369%) and is now much less, with the versions Sula and Ursula becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sula, Ursula in U.S.

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