30 Baby Names That Start With the Letter "U"

Learn the meaning and origins of popular baby names that start with "U."

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You can't spell unique without "U," and these "U" names are just that! You may not immediately resort to the letter "U" when searching for a baby name, but if you're looking for one that is a little less common, it's the perfect option.

From celebrity names like Uma and Usher to more unique options such as Ulla or Urbain, the 21st letter of the alphabet has a lot to offer your little boy or girl on the way.

Uaine

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Green color
  • Peak Popularity: Pronounced oo-in-ya, Uaine is sure to help your child stand out since it's never appeared on the top 1,000 baby names list.

Udelia

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Praise God; Song
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Delia
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan released a song called "Delia" in 1993.
  • Peak Popularity: Udelia has yet to make the top 1,000 baby names in the United States for girls.

Ugenio

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Well born
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eugene, Eugenia, Eugenio
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor Eugene Levy is the most well-known person with a variation of the name Ugenio.
  • Peak Popularity: While Eugene has been a top 1,000 baby boy name since 1900, the variation Ugenio is much less common.

Uliana

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Youthful
  • Peak Popularity: Uliana is a pretty, yet uncommon name that has never appeared on the U.S. top 1,000 baby names list.

Ulick

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little William
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Uhlich, Uhlick, Uhlik, Ulig, Ulich,
  • Peak Popularity: Ulick remains outside of the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Ulla

  • Origin: German, Scandanavian
  • Meaning: Will; Determination
  • Famous Namesakes: Swedish photographer and former model Ulla Andersson, who was also married to well-known music producer Quincy Jones.
  • Peak Popularity: Ulla has yet to join the ranks as a top 1,000 baby name in the U.S.

Ulrich

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Inherited property; Fortune
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ullrich, Ulrick, Ulrik, Ullrik, Ullrick
  • Famous Namesakes: Danish actor and filmmaker Ulrich Thomsen is the most notable person with this name.
  • Peak Popularity: Ulrich has never appeared on the top 1,000 baby names list in the U.S.

Ultan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Man from Ulster
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ulton
  • Peak Popularity: Ultan is not widely used and has yet to make the top 1,000 baby names.

Ultima

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Last; Farthest point
  • Peak Popularity: If you're looking for a fairly uncommon name for your last-born child, Ultima is a fitting choice. It's never appeared on the top 1,000 baby names list in the U.S.

Ulysses

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Wrathful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Odysseus
  • Famous Namesakes: The most well-known person with this name was Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States.
  • Peak Popularity: The most popular year for Ulysses was 1907, and it remained in the top 1,000 baby boy names until dropping off the list in 2005.

Uma

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Splendor; Tranquility
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Uma Thurman is the most well-known person with this name.
  • Peak Popularity: Uma remains fairly uncommon, and hasn't made an appearance on the top 1,000 baby names list.

Umar

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Thriving; Prospering
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Omar
  • Peak Popularity: Umar is typically used for baby boys but has yet to reach the most popular 1,000 names. On the other hand, the variation Omar is more widely used, reaching peak popularity in 2007.

Umber

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Shade; A rich brown hue
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Amber
  • Peak Popularity: Umber is still unique for boys, but its feminine variation, Amber, remains moderately popular, sitting at No. 534 in 2021.

Umberto

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Renowned warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Humbert
  • Famous Namesakes: Italian philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco
  • Peak Popularity: Umberto remains a unique option for baby boys, and has never cracked the top 1,000 names list.

Umeko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Plum-blossom child
  • Famous Namesakes: Female Japanese singer Umeko Ando is the most notable person with this name.
  • Peak Popularity: You won't find many people with the name Umeko, as it's relatively rare in the U.S. and hasn't popped up on the top 1,000 names list.

Umina

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Sea; Emerald
  • Peak Popularity: Umina still flies below the radar when it comes to popular baby names. It's never made it to the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Una

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Lamb
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oona, Oonagh
  • Famous Namesakes: Oona King, a former Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
  • Peak Popularity: You won't meet many people with the name Una, as it remains relatively uncommon in the U.S. and hasn't made it into the top 1,000.

Undine

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Wave
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ondine
  • Famous Namesakes: In mythology, Undine is the spirit of the waters.
  • Peak Popularity: If you're looking for an uncommon name for your future beach baby, Undine is a solid option. It's never appeared on the top 1,000 baby names list in the U.S.

Unica

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Unique; Only
  • Peak Popularity: It's fitting that Unica means "unique," since you will not meet many with the name! It's never made an appearance on the top 1,000 baby names list in the U.S.

Unity

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Oneness
  • Famous Namesakes: " The Sandman" comic book series by Neil Gaiman includes a character named Unity Kincaid.
  • Peak Popularity: Unity remains a unique option for baby girls, as it's never reached the top 1,000.

Upton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Upper town; Upper enclosure
  • Famous Namesakes: The most notable person with this name was American writer and political activist, Upton Sinclair.
  • Peak Popularity: Upton is typically used for baby boys, but has never cracked the top 1,000.

Urbain

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: From the city
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Urban
  • Famous Namesakes: French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier and Frech chemist Georges Urbain
  • Peak Popularity: Urbain is a unique option for baby boys, but the variation Urban was in the top 1,000 names until 1931.

Uriah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my light
  • Famous Namesakes: English rock band Uriah Heep, Jamaican-American professional mixed martial artist Uriah Hall, and American actor Uriah Shelton
  • Peak Popularity: Uriah joined the ranks in 1974 and reached peak popularity in 2014 at No. 506 for baby boys.

Uriel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Angel of light
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Auriel, Eurielle, Urielle
  • Famous Namesakes: Mexican professional soccer player Carlos Uriel Antuna is a well-known namesake and, historically, Archangel Uriel is known as the angel of wisdom.
  • Peak Popularity: Uriel started gaining popularity in 1985 and remains in the top 1,000 names for baby boys. Its most popular year was 2008.

Ursula

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Bear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Urszula
  • Famous Namesakes: Ursula is the popular villain in Disney's film "The Little Mermaid," and Romano-British Saint Ursula was known to be the patron saint of students.
  • Peak Popularity: The most popular year for Ursula was 1901, and in 1983, it dropped out of the top 1,000 baby girl names.

Urvi

  • Origin: Indian, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Earth; Wide
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Urve
  • Peak Popularity: Urvi has yet to make the top 1,000 baby girl names.

Usher

  • Origin: Latin, English
  • Meaning: River mouth; Gatekeeper
  • Famous Namesakes: American R&B singer Usher is the most well-known person with this name.
  • Peak Popularity: Although singer Usher has reached celebrity status, his name is still fairly uncommon for baby boys. It's never made it onto the top 1,000 baby names list.

Uta

  • Origin: Japanese, German
  • Meaning: In Japanese, Uta means "song," and in German, it means "prosperity,"
  • Peak Popularity: Uta is not on the top 1,000 baby names list in the U.S.

Utah

  • Origin: Native American
  • Meaning: People of the mountains
  • Peak Popularity: Utah is considered a gender-neutral option and remains relatively uncommon, never breaking into the top 1,000 list.

Uziel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Power; Strength
  • Famous Namesakes: Uziel Gal, the inventor of the Uzi submachine gun, is the most notable person with this name.
  • Peak Popularity: Uziel remains outside the top 1,000 names for baby boys.
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