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.