- this week

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

The name Uma is a girl's name of Hebrew, Sanskrit origin meaning "nation". Uma and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".

From the experts:

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.

Find other names based on Uma using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Uma

Uma Karuna Thurman, American actress
Uma Anand, Indian journalist, actress and broadcaster
Uma Bharti, Indian politician
Uma Bose, Indian musical prodigy
Uma Dasgupta, Indian actress
Uma Romaine Goldsmith (b. 2000), daughter of Zac Goldsmith

Pop Culture References for the name Uma

Uma, Japanese word for 'horse'
Uma baka', Indonesian tribe previously know as the best hunters
Uma District, Ehime, former Japanese district
"Uma" Portuguese female variation of "Um", meaning "One".
"Uma Thurman" song by Fall Out Boy
Uma, Ursula's daughter and Villain Kid on Disney's "Descendants 2"
Lady Uma, supporting character in “The Selection” Series by Kiera Cass.
Uma, ugly baby in the Witcher III