128 Baby Names That Start With U (With Meanings and Popularity)

128 Baby Names That Start With U (With Meanings and Popularity)

Baby names that start with U are an elite group, with only three U names making the US Top 1000. The most popular name with the U initial is Uriel, a Hebrew name featured in the Old Testament. Ironically, the most common girl name beginning with U is Unique.

Along with Uriel, other boy names starting with U in the US Top 1000 include Uriah and Ulises. Ulises is the Spanish variation of Ulysses, often associated with President Grant. There are no girl names beginning with U in the US Top 1000, but the mini-name Una is a top name in Iceland and well-used in the UK.

U is the least-used initial for baby names in the US, making almost any U name a unique choice. International options are especially appealing when it comes to rare U names. For girls, the Japanese Umeko, Italian Umbria, and Sanskrit Urvi and Uma are among the best choices. For boys, the Sudanese Ulan, Hebrew Uzzaiah, and Italian Ugo would be worthy considerations.

Here, our full selection of names that start with U, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. Una
    • Origin:

      Latin, Irish, or Old Norse
    • Meaning:

      "one; lamb; happy"
  2. Ulysses
    • Origin:

      Latin variation of the Greek Odysseus
  3. Uma
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "light, peace, nation"
  4. Ursula
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "little female bear"
  5. Uri
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "my flame, my light"
  6. Uriah
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "God is my light"
  7. Uriel
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "God is my light"
  8. Urban
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of the city"
  9. Uzi
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "Jehovah is my strength"
  10. Ulises
    • Origin:

      Spanish variation of Ulysses
    • Meaning:

      "wrathful"
  11. Ursa
    • Origin:

      Short form of Ursula, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "little female bear"
  12. Ula
    • Origin:

      Celtic
    • Meaning:

      "gem of the sea"
  13. Uhtred
    • Origin:

      Old English
    • Meaning:

      "advice"
  14. Ulla
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian
    • Meaning:

      "will, determination"
  15. Umeko
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "plum-blossom child, patient"
  16. Ulric
    • Origin:

      English variation of Ulrich and Wulfric, German
    • Meaning:

      "rich and noble heritage; wolf power"
  17. Ulrich
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "rich and noble heritage"
  18. Undine
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "little wave"
  19. Umberto
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Humbert
    • Meaning:

      "renowned warrior"
  20. Umbrielle
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "one in the shadow"