Eulalia Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: yoo-LAY-lee-ə (key)

Related Names:

Eula, Eulalie

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Eulalia \e(u)-la-lia\ as a girl's name is pronounced yoo-LAY-lee-AH. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Eulalia is "well-spoken". Name of a celebrated fourth-century Spanish saint.

Languages: This girl's name is used in English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Non-English Forms: Eulalja and Evlaliya

Popularity: The name Eulalia ranked 1446th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.

Its source is eu lalein, a Greek name meaning "Articulate."

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Even though name Eulalia is not in the Top 100 baby names, the name Eulalia is very beautiful and will make your baby stand out from the crowd.

My great aunt was named Eulalah (yoo-LAY-la), a variation of Eulalia. She was born in 1915 and graduated college in 1937 with a fine arts degree -- she was artsy and a dramatic in a fun way for her entire life. Eulalah is the perfect name for someone with great style and a flair for living.

Nicknames for Eulalia: | Edit

Eula, Eulala, Eulalee, Eulalya, Eulaylie, Eulia, Euli, Euly, Lallie, Lally, LaLa, Layla, Leila, Ulalia

Eulalia's International Variations:

Forms of the name include the English and French Eulalie, the Polish Eulalja, the Catalan Eulàlia, the Portuguese Eulália, the Russian Evlaliya, and the Spanish Olalla. The short forms Eula (English), Eulia (English, Italian, and Spanish), and Lalia (English, Italian, and Spanish), and the pet forms Eulah (English), Laia (Catalan), and Ula (Spanish) are other variants of Eulalia. See also the related form, the English and German Euphemia.

Baby names that sound like Eulalia include the Catalan Eulàlia, the Portuguese Eulália, the English and French Eulalie, the Polish Eulalja, the Russian Yuliya, the English Eula, the English Eulah, the English, Italian, and Spanish Eulia, the Spanish, Hawaiian, German, and Scandinavian Ula, the name Yaala, the name Yeela, the Hebrew Yoela, the English, German, and Spanish Yola, the Spanish Yoli, the name Yolie, the Russian Yulya, and the English and Hebrew Yael.

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A borrowing from the Greek, Eulalia is composed from the elements eu (well, good, fair) and lalein (to talk), hence "well-spoken". The name was borne by a twelve-year-old Spanish martyr (d. 304?) who burned to death because she refused to renounce her faith.

Saint Eulalia was virgin martyred by the Romans. She is now a patron saint of Barcelona.

The name was borne by Saint Eulàlia of Barcelona (-304), a 13-year-old Roman Christian virgin who was martyred under Diocletian for trying to stop the persecution of Christians. Her cult spread to Anglo-Saxon England, giving rise to various accounts and legends about her life. She was for a time the most celebrated virgin martyr in Spain, and she is also a patron saint of Barcelona. Another Spanish saint who bore the name was Eulalia of Mérida (-364), although the two saints have sometimes been identified as the same person. Due to the fame of the saints, the name was popular among English speakers in the Middle Ages.

Born ca. AD 290
Barcelona, Hispania (Spain)
Died ca. AD 303
Barcelona, Hispania
Venerated in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy
Canonized 633
Major shrine Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, Barcelona
Feast February 12 (August 22 in the Orthodox Church)
Attributes X-shaped cross, stake, and dove
Patronage Barcelona, Spain; sailors; against drought 1

Saint Eulàlia (Aulaire, Aulazia, Ollala, Eulària) (ca. 290-12 February 303), co-patron saint of Barcelona, was a thirteen-year-old Roman Christian virgin who suffered martyrdom in Barcelona during the persecution of Christians in the reign of emperor Diocletian. There is some dispute as to whether she is the same person as Saint Eulalia of Mérida, whose story is similar. For refusing to recant her Christianity, the Romans subjected her to thirteen tortures; including:

* Putting her into a barrel with knives (or glass) stuck into it and rolling it down a street (according to tradition, the one now called Baixada de Santa Eulalia "Saint Eulalia's descent").
* Cutting off her breasts
* Crucifixion on an X-shaped cross. She is depicted with this cross, the instrument of her martyrdom.
* Finally, decapitation.

A dove flew from her neck after decapitation. This is one point of similarity with the story of Eulalia of Mérida, in which a dove flew from the girl's mouth at the moment of her death. In addition, Eulalia of Mérida's tortures are sometimes enumerated among the Barcelona martyrs, and the two were similar in age and year of death.

Eulalia is commemorated with statues and street names throughout Barcelona.2 Her body was originally interred in the church of Santa Maria de les Arenes (St. Mary of the Sands; now Santa Maria del Mar, St. Mary of the Sea). It was hidden in 713 during the Moorish invasion, and only recovered in 878. In 1339, it was relocated to an alabaster sarcophagus in the crypt of the newly-built Cathedral of Santa Eulalia.3 The festival of Saint Eulalia is held in Barcelona for a week around her feast day on February 12.4

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Melodious name with a southern lilt, used by Marcia Gay Harden for her daughter, Eulala Grace Scheel

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* Saint Eulalia, several people, and places named after them
* 495 Eulalia, an asteroid
* Eulalia (genus), a genus within the subtribe of the Andropogonodae tribe of the Panicoideae grasses
* Eulalia grass, the common name for the cultivated Miscanthus sinensis
* Eulalia Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania
* Eulalia!, name of the 19th novel in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques
* Eulalia Bon, a character in Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
* A principal character in The Amours of Sainfroid and Eulalia
* A character played by Mary Walsh in the "Miss Enid & Eulalia" sketches of This Hour Has 22 Minutes
* Song "Eulalia" by In:Aviate

"Eulalia!" is the war-cry of the Salamandastron fighters in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, which includes a novel of that name.

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