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What does Ursula mean?

Ursula \u-rsu-la, ur-sula\ 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.


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

For more information, see also related girl names Clementine and Petula.


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. during 1900-1909, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ursula name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ursula outside U.S.

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%, down 95.5%), with the versions Sula, Ursula and Clementine becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Ursula is alike in pronunciation to Ersila. This name tends to be less commonly used than Ursula.