Baby Names: Names Starting with U

Baby Names Starting with U

ULA: Old German for "inherited estate." Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Ulalume" is the story of a lost love. The name alone is poetry.

ULRIC: Old German for "wolf ruler." Relatives: Ulrica, Ulrick, Ulrich, Udolf, Ulger, Ulferd, Ull, Ulu. Namesake: Ulu Grossbard.

ULYSSES: From the Greek for "anger." Ulysses is the Roman version of Odysseus, the ultimate traveler who wandered the earth looking for adventure in Homer's Odyssey. Relatives: Ulises, Uillioc. Namesakes: Ulysses S. Grant, "Ulysses" (by James Joyce).

UNA: From the Latin for"wholeness" or "unity." Una appears in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene symbolizing truth. It is thought Spenser was paying homage to Queen Elizabeth with this character. Relative: Oona. Namesake: Oona O'Neill.

UNDINE: Form the Latin for "wave." Friedrich von Fouque's Undine is the ill-fated romance between a water nymph and a knight. The story inspired a musical interpretation and a play (Ondine) by Jean Giraudoux. Relatives: Unda, Onde, Ondine.

UPTON: Old English for "upper town." In ancient times, well-protected cities prospered. The "upper towns" were hilltop fortresses built to watch over the "lower towns" in the valleys. Relative: Upshaw. Namesake: Upton Sincliar.

URANIA: From the Greek for "heavenly." A proper choice for parents who believe in star-gazing. John Milton evokes her name in Paradise Lost. Namesake: Greek Muse of astronomy.

URBAN: From the Latin for "from the city." Relatives: Urbano, Urbanus, Urbaine, Urbane, Urbana. Namesake: Urbana (Ill.).


URIEL: From the Hebrew for"flame of God" or "angel of light." Uriel was one of the seven archangels in Jewish religious texts. Relatives: Urie, Uri. Namesake: Uri Geller.

URSULA: From the Latin for "bear." Relatives: Ursola, Ursule, Orsola, Ursa, Ursie, Orsa. Namesakes: Saint Ursula, Ursula Le Guin, Ursula Andress, constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

UTA: Diminutive of Ottilie. Namesake: Uta Hagen.

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