UDANE f Basque
Derived from Basque uda
UʻILANI f & m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly beauty"
or "royal beauty"
from Hawaiian uʻi
"youth, beauty" and lani
"heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
U-JIN m Korean
From Sino-Korean 宇 (u)
meaning "house, eaves, universe" or 佑 (u)
meaning "help, protect, bless" combined with 眞 (jin)
meaning "real, genuine" or 鎭 (jin)
meaning "town, market place". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
ÜLO m Estonian
From the Livonian name Ilo
, a name appearing in the 13th-century Livonian Chronicle of Henry
. It is now associated with the Estonian word ülev
ULRIC m English (Rare)
Middle English form of the Old English name Wulfric
meaning "wolf ruler"
. When it is used in modern times, it is usually as a variant of ULRICH
ULRICH m German, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Odalric
meaning "prosperity and power"
, from the element odal
"heritage" combined with ric
"ruler, mighty". It has long been confused with the Germanic name Hulderic
. This was the name of two German saints. Another famous bearer was Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531), also known as Huldrych, the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland.
ULTÁN m Irish
Means "of Ulster"
in Gaelic. Ulster is a region in the north of Ireland. This name was borne by two 7th-century Irish saints.
ULYSSES m Roman Mythology, English
Latin form of ODYSSEUS
. It was borne by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War, who went on to become an American president. Irish author James Joyce used it as the title of his book Ulysses
(1920), which loosely parallels Homer
's epic the Odyssey
UMA f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi
in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati
. In Hindu texts it is said to derive from the Sanskrit exclamation उ मा (u ma)
meaning "O (child), do not (practice austerities)!", which was addressed to Parvati by her mother.
UMAR m Arabic, Urdu
Means "populous, flourishing"
, derived from Arabic عمر ('umr)
meaning "life". Umar was a companion and strong supporter of the Prophet Muhammad
who became the second caliph of the Muslims. He is considered to be one of the great founders of the Muslim state. The name was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Persia, Umar Khayyam.
UME f Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume)
meaning "Japanese apricot, plum" (refers specifically to the species Prunus mume). In Japan the ume blossom is regarded as a symbol of spring and a ward against evil. Different kanji or kanji combinations can also form this name.
UMEKO f Japanese
From Japanese 梅 (ume)
meaning "apricot, plum" (referring to the species Prunus mume) and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
UMID m Uzbek
in Uzbek, ultimately from Persian امید (omid)
ÜMİT m Turkish
in Turkish, ultimately from Persian امید (omid)
UMUT m & f Turkish
Variant of ÜMİT
. The Turkish words umut
are etymologically related synonyms.
ÚNA f Irish
Possibly derived from Irish uan
UNATHI m & f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "he or she is with us"
in Xhosa, from the prefix u-
meaning "he, she" and nathi
meaning "with us".
UNDINE f Literature
Derived from Latin unda
. The word undine
was created by the medieval author Paracelsus, who used it for female water spirits.
UNITY f English (Rare)
From the English word unity
, which is ultimately derived from Latin unitas
UNNI f Norwegian
Possibly a modern coinage based on the Old Norse elements unnr
"to wave, to billow" or unna
"to love" combined with nýr
UPTON m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "upper town"
in Old English. A famous bearer of this name was the American novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968).
URAL m Bashkir, Turkish
From the name of the Ural Mountains, of uncertain meaning, possibly from Turkic aral
meaning "island, boundary". This is the name of the title character in the Bashkir epic Ural-batyr
URANUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Οὐρανός (Ouranos)
, the name of the husband of Gaia
and the father of the Titans in Greek mythology. His name is derived from οὐρανός (ouranos)
meaning "the heavens"
. This is also the name of the seventh planet in the solar system.
URD f Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse Urðr
. In Norse mythology Urd was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny. She was responsible for the past.
URIA m & f Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of URIAH
, also used as a feminine name.
URIAH m Biblical
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיָה ('Uriyah)
meaning "YAHWEH is my light"
, from the roots אוּר ('ur)
meaning "light, flame" and יָה (yah)
referring to the Hebrew God. In the Old Testament this is the name of a Hittite warrior in King David
's army, the first husband of Bathsheba
. David desired Bathsheba so he placed Uriah in the forefront of battle so he would be killed.
URIEL m Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name אוּרִיאֵל ('Uri'el)
meaning "God is my light"
, from אוּר ('ur)
meaning "light, flame" and אֵל ('el)
meaning "God". Uriel is an archangel in Hebrew tradition. He is mentioned only in the Apocrypha, for example in the Book of Enoch where he warns Noah
of the coming flood.
URIJAH m Biblical
Form of URIAH
used in some English versions of the Old Testament (for a character in the Book of Jeremiah).
URMAS m Estonian
Possibly from the dialectal Estonian word urm
UROŠ m Serbian, Slovene
Serbian form of an old Hungarian name, possibly from úr
meaning "man, lord"
combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of five Serbian kings.
URS m German
German form of the Latin name Ursus
, which meant "bear"
. Saint Ursus was a 3rd-century soldier in the Theban Legion who was martyred with Saint Victor. He is the patron saint of Solothurn in Switzerland.
URSA f Late Roman
Feminine form of URSUS
. This is the name of two constellations in the northern sky: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
URSULA f English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Finnish, Late Roman
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.
USAGI f Popular Culture
in Japanese. This name was used on the Japanese television show Sailor Moon
, which first aired in the 1990s.
USHAS f Hinduism
in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of the dawn, considered the daughter of heaven.
UTHER m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Uthyr
, derived from Welsh uthr
. In Arthurian legend Uther was the father of King Arthur
. He appears in some early Welsh texts, but is chiefly known from the 12th-century chronicles of Geoffrey of Monmouth.
UTHMAN m Arabic
Means "baby bustard"
in Arabic (a bustard is a type of large bird). Uthman was a companion of the Prophet Muhammad
who married two of his daughters. He was the third caliph of the Muslims.
UTTARA m & f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi
in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form उत्तर
(also written Uttar
) and the feminine form उत्तरा
(also written Uttarā
), both of which occur in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
belonging to the son and daughter of King Virata.
UXUE f Basque
From the Basque name of the Spanish town of Ujué where there is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary
. Its name is derived from Basque usoa
UZZIAH m Biblical
Means "my power is YAHWEH"
in Hebrew, from the roots עֹז ('oz)
meaning "strength, power" and יָה (yah)
referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of several Old Testament characters including a king of Judah.
UZZIEL m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my power is God"
in Hebrew, from the roots עֹז ('oz)
meaning "strength, power" and אֵל ('el)
meaning "God". This is the name of several minor characters in the Old Testament.