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Ursula is really an elegant name! It reminds me of a tall, delicate, blonde or dark-haired woman and Ursula K. Le Guin the arthor!
duskdawn  6/28/2005
Ursula is a nice enough name in and of itself, but I can't hear it without thinking of the villainess in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"; that's where I first heard it.
Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
Ursula is a pretty name, but reminds my of the sea witch on The Little Mermaid. :(
mum2bubba  10/31/2005
I've got a friend Ursula, but we just call her Ursh because it's difficult to pronounce. I think it's a cool name. Urshie?
― Anonymous User  11/27/2005
Famous bearer: Ursula Andress.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2005
Ursula is the name of Phoebe's twin sister on the sitcom Friends, both characters are played by Lisa Kudrow.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Ursula Flint married Hogwarts headmaster Phineus Nigellus Black they had five children.
Jeana Bradbury  2/20/2006
My name is Urša. It's another version of the name. It's average where I come from.
Amarillana  4/6/2006
Interesting what Amarillana wrote about the Slovenian name Ursa (can't write it correctly on my keyboard.) Yrsa is a very uncommon name in Sweden, thanks to that comment I've managed to find out it is related to Ursula.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2007
Ursula Stanhope is the main female character in the Disney movie "George of the Jungle."
Iremray  4/16/2006
Wasn't Ursula the name of the evil woman in the Little Mermaid? If my memory serves me correct, I think it was.
Cassidy  5/24/2006
I'm one of many who have not been able to hear this name without thinking of the sea witch from the film "The Little Mermaid". As I have grown older, I have grown to like it more, but for a long time this name scared me.
gaelruadh19  7/16/2006
Another famous bearer is Ursula LeGuin, the great science fiction writer. Two of her novels wone both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards.
nomenphile  7/25/2006
Nothing of elegance, grace or sophistication can enter my mind at the sound of Ursula, entirely because of the Little Mermaid.
― Anonymous User  8/5/2006
Though the popular association with this name is the villan in the Little Mermaid, it always reminds me of the poor little girl, Ursula Sunshine Assaid, who's tragic death was covered in the media back in the early 80's. So every time I hear it I always think of the image of a sweet little girl.
childdoll  9/12/2006
Can also be pronounced URS-la, urs like the other pronunciations, not like yours.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2006
My mum's name is Ursula, and she can't stand people pronouncing it 'URSH-ula', she pronounces it 'URS-ula'. Also she hates to be called 'Ursh' or 'Urshie'.
Surreal  10/15/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Ursula here:
_satu_  11/11/2006
I like the name. I think it is strong and beautiful.
― Anonymous User  12/2/2006
Ursula is a model for the gameshow Deal or No Deal.
Taydbug112  12/15/2006
It is a very special name, but unfortunately people don't name their children like this anymore. It has something noble and so strangely feminine.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2006
Nope, can't say I like it very much. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
Tango  1/15/2007
Sounds like a witch's name. Of course, I might be heavily influenced by the Little Mermaid lol, but it just doesn't sound like a good name, especially through childhood. Poor kid would get teased to beat the band. Honestly, can you imagine a mother cooing at her toddler and being like "Peekaboo, Ursula!"
gracielou16  3/17/2007
I can very easily picture that.

Ursula is a fine name, gorgeous but not in the obvious way.
Kerules  12/27/2009
For some reason I've always liked this name. I can't figure out why!
Jasmine  3/24/2007
I only saw The Little Mermaid a few times as a child (it was one of the few Disney movies I didn't own), and I barely remember the witch, so I associate it instead with the beautiful Ursula Andress. I rather like the name, and in response to another comment, I really CAN hear someone cooing to their little Ursula. I think it's a nice, normal Latinate sort name without cartoon associations, and while it's not one of my favorites, I like it.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2007
There is the artist Ursula Vernon, a very nice, witty, and talented lady who paints surreal fruit and animals and clockwork.
Yubi Shines  6/8/2007
Ursula is a character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
C_R_Trulssri  10/6/2007
I adore the name Ursula. It's at the very top of our list along with Wilhelmina - both very rarely used in Australia! I tire of the Little Mermaid comments - with sons called Felix and Theodore, it's obvious popular culture doesn't affect my love of certain names. :) Then again that movie came along after my childhood. Associations are very powerful, but if I were to have a daughter Ursula, the tots of 2010 would not be aware of it. Their parents may.
miss  1/12/2008
The English pronunciation of this name is horrible. The name should be pronounced ''OOR-syu-lah'' in English, then it would sound pretty. This is a pretty cool name despite the negative associations to the Little Mermaid, but I wouldn't use a saint name. Not if I can avoid it. Either way, this name sounds nicely unusual, but not totally weird.
slight night shiver  5/11/2008
In England the pronunciation is "Ursyuhla", with a definite 'y' glide after the 's'.

I prefer this pronunciation to the American one. It's an alright name, I associate it more with Ursula Andress than The Little Mermaid.
aquamarina  6/8/2008
I like this name, considering it's one of the few girls' names starting with U that's well-known. But why isn't it more popular? Guess the Little Mermaid was too much for this beautiful name! I guess people don't want to use names like this on their daughters and instead want to use crap like Madison (barf) or Kendall (gag).
bananarama  7/9/2008
I think Ursula is a really elegant, lovely name. I still do associate with with the sea witch, but I can separate it I guess. I love Ursulie, the cute French version even more, and am surprised there's no listing for it. Ursuline is also rather nice.
ponine  8/24/2008
I really don't like this name. It looks and sounds ugly.
Emerson  9/20/2008
No matter how this name was pronounced, it'd still be ugly.
GunsnRoses8794  11/24/2008
I first heard this name from the sea witch in The Little Mermaid; although I like this name and it's quite pretty and you don't see too many names that start with a "U", I can't stop thinking of the evil woman from the movie. Sorry if I offended anyone.
_0TophasNails_1  11/24/2008
Eew. I hate this name. There's something about the the two u's that makes this name sound simply ugly. Not to mention the famous seawitch impressions.
Kazuya  1/10/2009
I first encountered this name at an impressionable age when I first watched The Little Mermaid. This became my favorite Disney princess movie, so this name is now, unfortunately, synonymous with the sea witch. If I try really, really hard, I can get some elegance out of it, but I just don't get it. No offense to the real Ursulas out there; it's just what happens with first impressions!
― Anonymous User  1/18/2009
My great-grandmother's name! Not really my favourite name, but it's rare and kind of neat. Ursula. Well, I don't know, I think I just don't like the letter "U". Still not my favourite, but it could be cute on the right person!
teensyalmond  6/3/2009
It's not a bad SOUNDING name, but apparently it means She-Bear? That paired with Ursula the sea witch makes it difficult to picture anyone under 200 pounds with this name.
Ranee  7/1/2009
I love my middle name so much I used to go by it, and still usually sign my name with my middle name included. For a long time I even wanted to name my first daughter Urszula (using the Polish spelling to tell us apart). I like that it's pretty much a universal name, with equivalents in a lot of other languages and cultures.

I don't see why some inconsequential cartoon movie from 20 years ago should suddenly matter more to some people than thousands of years of positive history and associations. (I have the same issue with why a lot of people hate the name Damien.) My parents chose my middle name in honor of one of the characters in the D. H. Lawrence novel The Rainbow.
Anyechka  7/10/2009
Ursula is also the name of a vampire in one of the new vampire chronicles by Anne Rice.
Antique_Cherub  11/4/2009
Weird, but I'd rather meet someone with this than McKenzie and Caylee.
Aureliano  2/26/2010
I have never liked this name, but it still reminds me of a very classy lady.
― Anonymous User  4/4/2010
I really like this name; I don't know it's just different, and plus there aren't many U names that sound intelligible. I think it's just a really lovely name, and definitely usable on any age. :)
walesgal92  5/16/2010
I think Ursula is quite beautiful. It DOES remind me of that devious, octopus witch from the Little Mermaid, but not entirely. As others have said, I believe it's sophisticated and original. Plus it would age well, from childhood to adulthood.
Hannah_E  6/2/2010
Even with "The Little Mermaid" as one of my favorite Disney Movies growing up, I still loved the sound of the sea witch's name, Ursula. In fact, I remember thinking as a child, "Why does the sea witch have a prettier name than the mermaid?" (Not to say that I don't like Ariel--it's a very nice name! But I actually prefer Ariella.) Then again, I was a weird child, and for some reason I liked the Disney villains' names: Ursula; and from Maleficent in "Sleeping Beauty," I briefly had a fascination with the name Millicent; and in Cinderella, her two stepsisters were Anastasia and Drizella (which at the time I thought was Drusilla) so I named the two plants in our living room Anastasia and Drusilla. I know, I was a weird kid--although I also loved Anastasia because of the Russian princess--but still.
Long story short (too late), I've loved the name Ursula for most of my life.
erb816  7/7/2010
This name is pronounced in British English as "UR-syə-lə", which the webmaster should add to the main page sometime. [noted -ed]
JJSkeete  7/29/2010
Ursula Stephens (b 1954) is an Australian politician. She is a senator with the Australian Labor Party. She was born in Ireland.
keepitreal  1/8/2011
I think this name sounds very exotic and rather kinky.
keepitreal  1/8/2011
Weird and ugly. Put this name at the bottom of the list of names in the world.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/1/2011
This name is not particularly nice sounding for me, mainly because of the harsh 'urs' sound in the beginning. Love the meaning though, 'little bear'.
Lanthansparrow  7/20/2011
Spanish pronunciation is wrongly stated. It's OOR-soo-lah (emphasis on the 1st syllable). [noted -ed]
Askris  1/18/2012
I'm sorry but this has got to be the worst name ever! I think it is the ugliest girls name and please do not torture your child calling them this disgustingness!
― Anonymous User  2/6/2012
Ursula of Austria (1541-1543), ninth daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. She died young.
CarolinW  2/26/2012
I always thought the name Ursula was a little hard done by, I don't mind it at all.
Ottilie  4/2/2012
Ursula Nordstrom, author of the book "The Secret Language," bore this name.
Martha Gold  4/16/2012
I used to think this name was really really ugly. Now I realize that's probably because of The Little Mermaid. I don't know if I would like it or not if The Littler Mermaid association wasn't there. I guess the sound is kind of nice, but I just can get the evil octopus picture out of my head...
― Anonymous User  6/8/2012
Ethereal and elegant name - with a lot of history. Better than Mackenzie and Madison any day!
― Anonymous User  11/10/2012
Ursula is a really regal and classy name. Also, I love the history and really do plan on naming my daughter this, but don't think people are going to forget the Little Mermaid. First off, Disney movies live forever. For example, Sleeping Beauty was made in the 1950's and people still watch it. So yeah, there always going to be this childhood stigma to it, but what name doesn't? But it has this cool, elegant, witchy feel to it that makes it worth while and it's less likely that this name is going to be popular. If you do have a daughter with this name then read the original version of the story before showing the movie so she can understand.
555jazzy  2/27/2013
Ursula is a very nice name in itself, but I cant help but find it really ugly, most likely due to the sea witch Ursula in the little mermaid, which is where I first heard it.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2013
Ursula von der Layen, member of the German government (currently minister of defence).
elbowin  6/27/2014
Besides Ursel and Uschi, Ulla is a popular short form of Ursula in German. [noted -ed]
elbowin  6/27/2014
Once my friends and I were making a video and I asked my one friend what she wanted her character's name to be. Her answer was, "It doesn't matter, as long as it isn't Ursula or something."
― Anonymous User  7/15/2014
Imagine the bullying your child would get from having this name. I'm sorry, but even if you think it's a beautiful name it's still the name of a horrible (ugly) Disney villain, which every child would know about. It would be very selfish to name a child this name purely because you think it's beautiful, knowing they'll be bullied.

Personally, I find it very Russian. I hear it a expect to see some russian spy with a cat and blonde hair.
sazzlesarah  9/11/2014
What a cute name! The meaning is adorbs! (#⌒∇⌒#)ゞ.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2014
My name is Ursula and honestly I hated my name as a kid. Not that anyone ever made fun of it (although I have met people that can't seem to be able to pronounce it) but because it was so unique I felt like I stood out in the crowd which I didn't like. As I got older I learned my name is as unique as I am and I love it. I am Russian, I am blonde, I have 2 cats but I only weigh 130 lbs, sorry! As far as the Little Mermaid movie goes, my nickname has been the sea witch since it came out and I think it's hilarious! The only negative reactions I've ever had to my name were from my daughter's friends when they first learned my name as small children... They were afraid and wide eyed which I also found pretty funny! My parents had 4 children, my mom named 3, Victoria (Vikki), Richard (Richie), Micheal (Mikey) and my dad named me Ursula (Ursie or my friends call me Urs), he chose my name because he thought Ursula Andress was beautiful. I don't mind being the oddball name anymore- I embrace it and wouldn't change it for the world!
Ursula the sea witch  2/12/2015
I've never been a big fan of this name. I don't find it rolls off the tongue that well and I associate it with bad people. I first heard it when I started watching "One Life to Live" when I was little. A crazy character named Ursula tried to ruin Tina and Cord's wedding by planting a bomb in their wedding cake. That and the sea witch from "The Little Mermaid" have just painted a bad picture with this name.
wbbuff  4/17/2015
I used to hate this name. All I could think of was the fat octopus lady from "The Little Mermaid." Now I love it!
SimoneKadele  4/19/2015
Good to see some Ursula's on here. I too have the name Ursula and my father loved Ursula Andress. To me, I don't think it's kosher to name your kid after a woman you think is hot but anyways... I am okay with my name but I could have thought of others that are just as unique and pretty. Disney did damage the name. I was very disappointed when I learned about the Sea Witch. I knew my name would never be the same. You would think that Disney would have really creative people who could come up with new names for their villains instead of stigmatizing existing names. Shame on them. I would like everyone who thinks of the Sea Witch to remember that there are a lot of common names that are used for villains as well. The only difference is that my name is unique and with that being said the person behind the name is too so try not to put us in that corner because it can be done to anyone. We are not all villains and we are all not saints like a Saint Ursula.

Signed, Ursula (With two '"U"s because we are doubly Unique!) Thank U.
Earth2Urs  4/30/2015
The meaning of the name- little bear- is so cute! But I can't hear the name with out thinking of The Little Mermaid's antagonist, Ursula.
jay_982  6/16/2015
As Anyechka said, one of the main characters of D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow and the sequel Women in Love is called Ursula Brangwen.
circelana  8/30/2015
My name is Ursula, it's a family name after my Grossmutti though I've grown up in Michigan, USA. I was born in '94 right around the time the Little Mermaid came out (1989) so I've been asked if I was named after the sea witch. The worst comment I got was someone telling me in a surprised voice that I'm not ugly like the sea witch... In response to people likening my name to that movie, I would tell them, "no, like the Bond girl". I've been doing this since I was four or five when my dad showed me Dr. No to prove one of the most beautiful women shared my name.

I've never been teased for my name and I've never felt that in particular separates me from a crowd, rather I blame that on my height (6'0) and very German appearance. I've only ever gotten compliments about it and no one has had to ask me twice for my name. I love it, I've always loved it. I think it's a beautiful name. If you're looking to name your kid Ursula, I'd definitely go for it. We make strong, intelligent, beautiful women.

I only get annoyed when people I know spell my name wrong, like my boyfriend spelled it "Ursala" the first month we dated and I only found out when I saw my contact in his phone. And when other people try to come up with their own 'unique' nicknames for me. My family calls me Uschi, my brother calls me Ursi, my oldest friends call me Urs, and almost everyone else just uses Ursula. But every now and again, someone always comes up with something horrible like 'Slaw' or 'Urshi'... but that's about it.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2015
Ursula Dronke, noted medievalist (1920-2012).
circelana  12/15/2015
I like this name, and I think that the meaning is adorable! People called Ursula might get teased because of TLM, though. I would have called my child Ursula. My teacher called her daughter that!
Jghazt333  12/21/2015
I really like this name. I think it's very sweet. I don't think it is that unusual, as I know two Ursula's. One is spelt Urszula though. The one whose name is spelt the regular way is a very unattractive woman, but I think her name is pretty.
I think it might be a character name in Kindergarten Cop?
― Anonymous User  1/23/2016
My name is Ursula. Often people hear my name and think of the Little Mermaid. This is very funny to me but at the same time I wish some people would open up to the many other people named Ursula out there in the world. I've always loved my name because I was always the only one. I never had to put my last initial at the end of my name to identify myself. One other thing I love about my name, I'm generally hard to forget! I'm the only Ursula in a lot of people's lives. How awesome is that? Think about how many Michaels you know, lol.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2016
I am an Ursula. I never really got my name when I was young, I think I had to grow into it. Now as an adult I love my name. I like being different and people still comment on it. I get called Urs, Ursie, Ursula, but when I was at school, young ones couldn't pronounce my name, so I was Ushala...A. LOT. I am Scottish, and like it with my accent, it has a lilt to it, making it softer, but when speaking to someone from England on the phone for example and they ask your name, I usually have to pronounce it differently for them to get it.
notaseawitch  4/23/2016
The name Ursula was given to 40 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Ursula is such a weird and arrogant name.
Luvbug86  1/26/2017
Ursula is a wonderful name. People have an unfounded prejudice with that name just because of an animated movie 30 years ago. But what people do not understand is that they just imagine a bad and ugly witch why they never met a lovely and sweet child by that name. If they knew, I'm sure they would change their mind about the name Ursula. There is an exotic beauty behind Ursula. It is a unique female name, with initial U (the rarest of all), with a beautiful meaning. It is the name of an actress and also of a saint. The girl with the name Ursula will never find anyone else with her name. Ursula is a unique and special name for a unique and special girl. There are thousands of Annas, Sarahs, Sophias and Olivias, but Ursula is for a few and whoever has that name will surely be proud. I also love the variation Ursulina, which is a bit sweeter.
flaviacardozodejesus  3/3/2017
Ursula is one of the worst names ever! It reminds me of that obese, ugly sea witch in Little Mermaid (and the ugly name Ursula really fits her)!
Katesnames15  4/20/2017
Ursula Andress is a Swiss film and television actress, former model and sex symbol, who has appeared in American, British and Italian films. She is best known for her breakthrough role as Bond girl Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, Dr. No. She later starred as Vesper Lynd in the Bond-parody Casino Royale. Her other films include Fun in Acapulco, She, The Blue Max, Perfect Friday, The Sensuous Nurse, Slave of the Cannibal God, The Fifth Musketeer and Clash of the Titans.
lilolaf  7/10/2017
I'm honestly surprised to know the meaning of the name is 'little bear' after The Little Mermaid. Personally, forgetting about that, I think it's very sophisticated.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2018

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