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Gender: F Meaning of Ursula: "little female bear" Origin of Ursula: Latin

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A saint's name with a noteworthy literary background, including uses by Shakespeare in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Much Ado About Nothing, Ben Johnson, Walter Scott, Longfellow, D. H. Lawrence and Neil Gaiman. In real life, her two most well known representatives are writer Ursula Le Guin and actress Ursula Andress.

Caveat: Today's kids might associate this name with the campy, corpulent octopus in Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Ursula ranked in the Top 1000 through 1983. Time for a comeback?

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Famous People Named Ursula

Ursula Goodenough, American biologist and writer
Ursula Mayes, American model
Usula Parker, American child actress
Saint Ursula, patron saint of female students

Pop Culture References for the Name Ursula

Ursula Buffay, TV character, 'Mad About You'/'Friends', played by Lisa Kudrow
Ursula Brangwen, book character, 'The Rainbow' (by D.H. Lawrence)
Ursula March, book character, 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (by Dinah Craik)
Ursula, film character, 'George of the Jungle', played by Leslie Mann
Ursula, film character, 'The Little Mermaid' (animated)
Ursula, stage character, 'Bye Bye Birdie'
Ursula, the name Marius assumes is Cosette's name in Les Misérables

Irsala, Irsaline, Orsa, Orsala, Orsel, Orsola, Ursa, Ursala, Ursela, Ursella, Ursely, Ursie, Ursilla, Ursillane, Ursley, Ursola, Ursulette, Ursuline, Ursy

Ursula's International Variations

Vorsila (Czech) Sula, Ulli, Urmi (Estonian) Ulla, Urse (German) Urzula (Latvian) Ursule (Romanian) Ursulina (Spanish)