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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 "ALPHABET Drop 2 Add 1 - Girls".

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.

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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



Miriam2468 Says:


It's nice, but I feel like it's sorta odd

abirami Says:


The u is the same sound as in the words "book" or "put."

Yomichi Says:


I suggest to be careful with the name Uma, seeing as it means "Horse" in Japanese.

Sanchali Desarkar Says:


Uma is my music teachers name i just luv her and ofcourse the name uma.uma is such a beautiful name it means durga and it actually suits those who are loving,beautiful,attractive,gorgeous,caring,etc i cant elaborate.i think no one would tease anyone whose name is uma if they understant the inner meaning of uma.i just luv the name uma

funnymonkey Says:


Love the name Uma! It's my best friend's name. I plan on using it as a middle, or Rose.

FableJuno2222 Says:


it sounds like a princess's name, but it wouldn't fit in the UK though cute name

bopeep Says:


A truly ugly sounding name.

Zuzana Says:


I also prefer Una or Oona

otheralix Says:


It's a lovely name! I can't imagine anyone teasing her for her name alone.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I prefer Una. (cb789, I don't think your daughter will be teased, it's a nice name.)

cb789 Says:


I like the way this name sounds, but I'm afraid my daughter might be made fun of if she's named Uma. What do you think?