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What does Ursula mean?

Ursula /ur-su-la/ 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.

Associated with: scandinavian, little, legends (mythology), saint, sea


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.

Affiliated girl names: Clementine and Petula.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Ursuela, Ursuma, ..

(male) Ursulaus, Ursuus, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Ursula for girls. Ursula reached its highest position of #500 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 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 history of Ursula and related names. Prominent variation forms of Ursula appearing in the Top 2000 are Clementine (#943 in 2014) and Sula. Adoption of these relations of Ursula was at its highest in the 1900s (average #649) and has become much diminished since, with the version Ursula falling out of fashion. Clementine is the most contemporarily stylish birth name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ursula, Clementine, Sula 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 and Ersilia. Other recommended names are Addula, Alaula, Arbela, Arela, Arella, Ariela, Arla, Asela, Ashla, Beula, Borsala, Breila, Cordula, Creola, Cushla, Erla, Eula, Gisela, Giula, Hersila (see Ersilia), Isla, Jisela, Kelula, Kordula, Lula, Marsala, Nebula, Nula, Orela, Orella, Orilla, Oriola, Orla, Orrla (see Orla), Oula, Paula, Priela, Primula, Prisila, Raoula, Raula, Romula, Shula, Talula, Tesla, Tessla, Tsila, Tula, Udella, Ula, Urania, Uranya, Urbana, Urena, Uriela, Uriella, Urina, Uriya, Usha and Yula. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ursula.