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Gender: F Meaning of Eulalia: "sweet-speaking" Origin of Eulalia: Greek

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Eulalia is a melodious name with a southern drawl, thanks to those lilting double 'l's.

A teenage martyr, Saint Eulalia was born in Spain and is a patron saint of Barcelona, where there is a cathedral in her name. One legend associated with Eulalia is that a dove flew out of her neck when she was killed, thus the association with both sweet speech and peace.

Eulalia is a character in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom; Marcia Gay Harden has a daughter named the related Eulala Grace.

Eula is the traditional short form, but Lalia or Lally would make more appealing and modern-sounding nicknames. The French version is Eulalie (subject of a Poe poem), in Spanish it's Olalla.

Famous People Named Eulalia

Saint Eulalia of Mérida (c. 292-304), Spanish martyr
Saint Eulalia of Barcelona (c. 290-303), Spanish martyr

Pop Culture References for the Name Eulalia

Eulalia Hurstpierpont, wealthy old flagellant in Valmouth (1919) by Ronald Firbank

Eula, Eulala, Eulalee, Eulalya, Eulaylie, Eulia, Lallie, Lally, Ulalia

Eulalia's International Variations

Eulalie (French) Eulaylia, Olalla (Spanish)