What does Ursula mean?
Ursula /ur-su-la/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced UR-soo-lah. It is of Scandinavian and Latin origin, and the meaning of Ursula is "little she-bear".
Many legends have risen about Saint Ursula (possibly the fourth century) and her maiden companions. Name of the overweight octopus sea-witch in Disney's "The Little Mermaid". Author Ursula K. Le Guin; actress Ursula Andress.
How popular is Ursula?
Ursula is a very prominent first name for women (#630 out of 4276, Top 15%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Ursula for girls. Ursula reached its highest position of #469 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Ursula and related names. Prominent variation forms of Ursula appearing in the Top 1000 are Clementine (#943 in 2014) and Sula. Adoption of these girl names was at its highest during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4257%) and has become much less since (usage 0.019%, 95.5% less), with the versions Sula, Ursula and Clementine becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Ursula▼ is alike in pronunciation to Ersila. This name tends to be less commonly used than Ursula.