Uliana


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Russian from Greek

Meaning: “Downy-bearded.”

Pronunciation: (oo-lee-AH-nuh)

Nicknames: Uli, Ula, Una, Iana

Russian form of Julius, possibly derived from Greek ιουλος (ioulos) “downy-bearded”.

Ursula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Little bear.”

Pronunciation: (UR-suh-lah)

Nicknames: Ursa, Sula, Ulla

Deatail: Saint Ursula is a Chistian saint.

In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula is a waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Leonato’s daughter, Hero.

In the Harry Potter series, Ursula Black is the wife of Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Headmaster of Hogwarts.

Ondine


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Wave; water spirit.”

Pronunciation: (OHN-deen)

Nicknames: Onni, Ondi, Odie

Detail: Ondine was a water nymph in German mythology. Ondines or undines are also elementals, enumerated as the water elementals in works of alchemy by Paracelsus.

Variations:

  • Undine [un-DEEN]

Did anyone else enjoy the movie Ondine? It is about the story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid.

Uzume


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: “Whirling.”

Pronunciation: (oo-ZOO-mey)

Nicknames: Zume, Zumi, Uma, Uzu

Detail: A goddess of laughter & merriment.

Uzume is the name of a Japanese Shinto goddess and means “whirling”. The story of Uzume tells of her strange dance that lured the sun goddess, Amaterasu, out of the cave where she had hidden herself.

Unnur


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Frothing Wave.”

Pronunciation: (OON-nur)

Nicknames: Unn

Detail: One of the nine wave daughters of Ægir (eh-geer) and Ran (rawn), a giant and goddess who both represent the sea in Norse mythology. Each of their names are poetic terms for different characteristics of ocean waves.

The Nine Wave Daughters:

Blodughadda

Bylgja

Dröfn

Duva

Hevring

Himinglava

Hronn

Kolga

Unnur

Daughters of Ægir


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Detail: The Daughters of Ægir (ee-geer or eh-geer) are the nine daughters of Ægir and Rán (rawn), a giant and goddess who both represent the sea in Norse mythology. Each of their names are poetic terms for different characteristics of ocean waves.

The Nine Wave Daughters:

Blodughadda – Bloody Hair (a reference to red sea foam)

Bylgja – Billow

Dröfn (or Bara) – Foam Fleck

Duva (Dúfa) – Pitching Wave

Hefring (Hevring) – Rising Wave

Himinglæva (Himinglava) – Heaven-Gleaming

Hronn – Welling Wave

Kolga – Cool Wave

Unnur (Unnr or Unn or Uðr ) – Frothing Wave