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PronouncedPron.UR-sə-lə English
UR-syə-lə English
UWR-zoo-la German
OOR-soo-lah Finnish

Meaning & History

Means "little bear", derived from a diminutive form of the Latin word ursa "she-bear". Saint Ursula was a legendary virgin princess of the 4th century who was martyred by the Huns while returning from a pilgrimage. In England the saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and the name came into general use at that time.
VariantUrsella English
DiminutivesUlla, Ursel, Uschi German
Other Languages & CulturesOrsolya Hungarian Orsola Italian Urszula, Ula Polish Úrsula Portuguese Uršula, Urška Slovene Úrsula Spanish
Same SpellingÚrsula, Uršula
User SubmissionsÚrsúla, Uršuľa


The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula by Hans Memling (1489)The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula by Hans Memling (1489)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute