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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Lalia

Lalia is a short form of Eulalia, a Greek female name meaning “well-spoken” or “sweetly speaking” from Greek elements eu (good) and laleo (to talk).

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Eulalia (Ancient Greek, Spanish, Italian, English)
  • Eulalie (French)
  • Eulàlia (Catalan)
  • Eulália (Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovak)
  • Olalla (Spanish)
  • Eula (English)
  • Ulalia (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Eulalius (Ancient Greek)