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Gender: M Pronunciation: YOOR-ee or OO-ree Meaning of Uri: "my flame, my light" Origin of Uri: Hebrew

This short but strong name, commonly heard in Israel, has a lot of crossover potential, and is among the most usable on the minuscule menu of U names.

The are two Uris in the Old Testament--the father of Bezalel, an artisan blessed with the skill to create the meeting tent and ark of the covenant for Moses, and the father of Geber, one of the twelve officials who provided nourishment for Solomon. Uri is a symbolic name for boys born on Hanukkah.

Notable bearers: Uri Geller, self-proclaimed paranormalist known for his spoon bending on "The Tonight Show;" and prize-winning children's book writer and illustrator Uri Shulevitz.

Longer related names: Uriah, the archangel, and Uriel.

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Famous People Named Uri

Uri Geller, illusionist
Uri Horowitz, brother of actress Winona Ryder
Franz Uri Boas, German/American Anthropologist

Pop Culture References for the name Uri

Uryan, Uryon, Urie, Uriya, Uriyahu, Uram