Gender: Female Meaning of Ursa: "little female bear" Origin of Ursa: Short form of Ursula, Latin

Ursa Origin and Meaning

The name Ursa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "little female bear".

Ursa might be a good choice if you're looking for a bear name for your daughter but want to avoid the She Witch curse placed on Ursula by Disney's The Little Mermaid. Too bad, because Ursula is a classic and lovely name, but Ursa has less baggage.

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Pop Culture References for the name Ursa

Ursie, Ursi, Ursy, Ursey


flaed Says:


Surely the description is wrong. This is latin in origin not Greek

91flaviaj Says:


Seriously Nameberry? What superficial analysis...
I like the name Ursula, but I think Ursa is perfectly usable and capable of sustaining itself. Ursa has an interesting association, the celestial constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. So it would be an interesting name for astronomy lovers as well.
Ursie can be a cute nickname for Ursa.

Mhill46 Says:


I like this much more than Ursula for some reason.

silkypumpkin Says:


I personally would use this for a girl, but I love what you've done with it.

Skittlewiddles Says:


I truly want to love this name. I like the meaning and the pleasant -sa ending. However, it still reminds me too much of the sea witch and Pheobe's twin.

Pesos Minos Says:


Ursa works well as a boys name. My name is Major- meaning great,big, large. So of course my son, who was born in 2000, we named him Ursa Major. Ursa- meaning Bear. Thus we have Great Bear.
To us Ursa has a masculine feel, strong almost primal, beautifully simple and unique. As well as a clever play on my given name, which was passed down to me , so i wanted to pass it on while establishing for him his own idenity outside of me. Choosing this name for him has been a positive experience for our family.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I kinda like this name. I prefer it to Ursula. Not because of the sea witch thing, but because I just can personally picture Ursa on a person better than I can Ursula.