Ula

Ula is a diminutive of Urszula, the Polish form of Ursula meaning “little bear”, itself a diminutive of ursa meaning “she-bear”. It could also be a short form of Ulalume, the name of a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe which seems to have been based on Latin ululare meaning “to wail” or lumen meaning “light”. An ula is also a poetic device used in Tamil poetry, as well as the name of an ancient Tongan dance. Ula is also a Hindi word meaning “tour”. Ula could also be a variant spelling of Eula, a short form of Eulalia, a Greek name meaning “sweetly speaking” or “well spoken”. It could be pronounced either oo-la or yoo-la.

Origin: Latin, Tamil, Tongan, Greek

Variants:

  • Ursa (Latin)
  • Ursula (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Norwegian, German, Dutch)

 

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Umberto

Umberto is the Italian form of Humbert, a Germanic name meaning “bright warrior” or “bright bear cub” from Germanic elements hun (warrior, bear cub) and beraht (bright). I’ve also seen the first element of the name hun as being connected to the Huns, a nomadic tribe who came from somewhere between the Caucasus and Central Asia. Humbert is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Humbert (German, French, English)
  • Hunberct (Ancient Germanic)
  • Humberto (Spanish, Portuguese)

 

Female forms:

  • Umberta (Italian)