Ursula: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ursula

Ursula

Pronunciation: ER-sə-lə (key)

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.

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Comments and insights on the name Ursula: | Edit

I know an Ursula, but she pronounces it 'Urshla'. I think it sounds better.

Personal experiences with the name Ursula: | Edit

Ursula's are charming, complex and elemental. Ursula's are people people, who find maintaining a wide range of social contacts essential to their peace of mind. No matter what obstacles life happens to throw in their way, the quick-witted Ursula's overcome them with style and elegance.

I'm not removing this but it's ridiculous to say 'all people called Ursula are like X' - how many Ursulas do you even know to base this on?! The two I know are nothing like your description, anyway. You also need lessons in apostrophe usage.

I think this name is WEIRD.

"You also need lessons in apostrophe usage"- see, that is the type of comeback I would make. Anyway, 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.

Nicknames for Ursula: | Edit

Urs
Ursy/Ursi
Ursh
Uschi (pronounced OOSH-ey, with the -oo as in "book"; traditional German nickname for Ursula)

Suli/Sulie (pronounced like Julie, as in "Soolie")
Sula

Lula
Lulu

Meanings and history of the name Ursula: | Edit

Meaning: Little bear
Origin: Latin

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.

Ursula in song, story & screen: | Edit

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 ditzy blonde 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

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