Sanskrit, Hebrew
"light, peace, nation"

Uma Origin and Meaning

The name Uma is girl's name of Hebrew, Sanskrit origin meaning "light, peace, nation".
Uma is a sweet, strong 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 unknown outside the Indian subcontinent.

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 ThurmanAmerican actress
  • Uma AnandIndian journalist, actress and broadcaster
  • Uma BhartiIndian politician
  • Uma BoseIndian musical prodigy
  • Uma DasguptaIndian actress
  • Uma Romaine Goldsmith (b. 2000)daughter of Zac Goldsmith

Uma in Pop Culture

  • UmaJapanese word for 'horse'
  • Uma baka'Indonesian tribe previously know as the best hunters
  • Uma DistrictEhime, former Japanese district
  • "Uma" Portuguese female variation of "Um"meaning "One".
  • "Uma Thurman" song by Fall Out Boy
  • UmaUrsula's daughter and main character in Disney's "Descendants 2" and "Descendants 3"
  • Lady Umasupporting character in “The Selection” Series by Kiera Cass.
  • Umaugly baby in the Witcher III