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Meaning and name origin

Ursula \u-rsu-la, ur-sula\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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 popular first name for females (#630 out of 4276, Top 15%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ursula for girls. Ursula reached its highest rank of #469 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ursula and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Clementine (#943), Ursula and Sula. (2014 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 also pronounced similarly to Ersila. This name tends to be less commonly used than Ursula.