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Gender: F Meaning of Uma: "nation" Origin of Uma: Sanskrit

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Uma is a throaty, exotic name for a Hindu goddess...and a Hollywood one. But as popular as Uma Thurman is, other parents have not yet picked up on her name, making it a rarity.

Uma is one of the more than one thousand appellations for the Hindu goddess Sakti--a fact that surely inspired the father of Ms. Thurman, a Columbia University professor of Eastern religion. Her middle name, Karuna, is equally exotic.

In Hebrew, Uma means "the nation," and is therefore sometimes used for girls born on Israeli Independence Day.

Uma shouldn't be confused with the similarly sounding Una, an ancient Irish name.

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Famous People Named Uma

Uma Anand (1923-2009), Indian journalist, actress & broadcaster
Uma Bharti, Indian politician
Uma Blasini, Puerto Rican beauty queen (went to Miss Universe 2007)
Uma Bose (1921-1942), musical prodigy; died of tuberculosis at 21
Uma Dasgupta, Indian actress
Uma Thurman, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Uma

Uma, Japanese word for 'horse'
Uma Aventura no Casa Assombrada, 2009 Portuguese film
Uma Aventura no Tempo, 2007 Brazilian animated film
Uma baka', Indonesian tribe previously know as the best hunters
Uma Cancao para Ti, live talent show aired in Portugal
Uma District, Ehime, former Japanese district with 19, 000 people
"Uma" Portuguese female variation of "Um", meaning "One".

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