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What does Ursula mean?

Ursula Pronunciation of Ursula 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


VARIANTS Orsa, Orsala, Orsola, Orsolla, Seula, Sula, Ulla, Ursa, Ursala, Urselina, Ursella, Ursie, Ursley, Ursola, Ursule, Ursulette, Ursulina, Ursuline, Ursy, Urszula, Urszuli

SEE ALSO Clementine, Petula



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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)

Ursula reached its highest position of #500 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not found in the list currently. (2018 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.

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Ursula appearing in the Top 2000 are Clementine (#685 IN 2018) and Sula. Adoption of these relations of Ursula was at its highest in the 1900s (AVERAGE #649) and is somewhat less today, 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 sound-alike 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.

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