Ursula: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ursula
Origin of the name Ursula:
A borrowing from Middle Latin, Ursula is a diminutive of the Latin ursa (she-bear). The name was borne by a legendary 4th-century saint, a Christian British princess said to have been martyred along with eleven thousand virgins by the Huns at Cologne. The story was very popular in the Middle Ages, which helped establish the name throughout England and Europe. Var: Ursala.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Personally (as my name is Ursula) I really hate when people pronounce it "Ur-sh-la" or "Ur-s-la", please pronounce it the way it is spelt; two 'u's no 'h'
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I think this name is WEIRD.
When I first heard Ursula, I didn't like it, but it's growing on me. It makes me think of a little girl with a teddy.
Ursula could be a pretty name--but I don't think I will ever be able to get past the ugly, tentacled sea witch from The Little Mermaid. The name itself is okay but the negative associations prove too strong for a lot of people.
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Uschi (pronounced OOSH-ey, with the -oo as in "book"; traditional German nickname for Ursula)
Suli/Sulie (pronounced like Julie, as in "Soolie")
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Meaning: Little bear (or She bear)
Origin: Latin (French/Celtic)
- Famous real-life people named Ursula: | Edit
St. Ursula, patron saint of Cologne, Germany and of female students
St. Ursula Ledóchowska, abbess
Ursula Le Guin, science fiction writer, has received several the Nebula Award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States.
Ursula Andress, Swiss actress and "Bond girl"
Úrsula Corberó, Spanish actress
Ursula Askham Fanthorpe, English poet
Ursula Plassnik, Austrian diplomat and politician.
Ursula Rucker, American spoken word recording artist.
Ursula Howells, English actress.
Ursula Parker, American Actress.
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Ursula, heroine of Honore de Balzac's book Ursula (Ursule Mirouët)
Ursula Buffay, fictional character from TV's Friends and Mad About You
Ursula, the love interest from George of the Jungle
Ursula Iguaran, character in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Ursula was the wisest one in the family.
Ursula, character in Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare
Ursula, character from Sheila Lavelle's books. Ursula is a girl that can transform herself into a bear and have some cute adventures.
Ursula, the sea witch in the animated film The Little Mermaid. (In Hans Christian Andersen's original version of The Little Mermaid, the sea witch and other characters had no name and the witch was a neutral enabler.)
Ursula, Beowulf's mistress when he is an old king (Beowulf, the movie 2007)
Ursula Flint-Black, character in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
Ursula, Teenage heroine from N.M Browne's The Warriors Trilogy