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noun Bul"la
  1. [Med] A bleb; a vesicle, or an elevation of the cuticle, containing a transparent watery fluid.
  2. [Anat] The ovoid prominence below the opening of the ear in the skulls of many animals; as, the tympanic or auditory bulla .
  3. A leaden seal for a document; esp. the round leaden seal attached to the papal bulls, which has on one side a representation of St. Peter and St. Paul, and on the other the name of the pope who uses it.
  4. [Zoöl] A genus of marine shells. See Bubble shell.

Etymology: L. bulla bubble. See Bull an edict

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  1. The round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull
  2. (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid

Borrowing from Latin bulla (“bubble”).

  1. (medicine) A blister, vesicle, or other thin-walled cavity or lesion.
  2. (archaeology) A clay envelope or hollow ball, typically with seal impressions or writing on its outside indicating its contents.
  3. (historical) In ancient Rome, a kind of amulet or boss.
  4. Later, a handwritten document from the papal chancellery.

    bulla was also found in the following language(s): Darkinjung, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Irish, Latin, Polish, and Spanish

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bulla

    Karl was born in 1853 in Głubczyce. He left this life in 1929.


    Clyde was born on January 9th, 1914. He passed away on May 23rd, 2007.


    Johnny was born on June 2nd, 1914. Johnny is also known as Bulla and John Guthrie. He breathed his last breath on December 7th, 2003.


    Victor Karlovich Bulla was a photographer. He was most prominent from 1899 to 1938. Victor was given the name Виктор Карлович Булла by his parent Karl Bulla on August 1st, 1883 in St. Petersburg. He died on October 1st, 1938.



    Max was born on September 26th, 1905 in Vienna. He left this life on March 1st, 1990.


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    Ethnicity Bulla U.S.
      White 83.46% 64.26%
      African American 5.40% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.03% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.03% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 8.40% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Bulla are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Bulla

    • How Popular is the name Bulla? As a last name Bulla was the 22,144th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Bulla first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bulla is Wednesday, July 3rd, 1895.
    • How unique is the name Bulla? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bulla. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Bulla: Your name in reverse order is Allub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bulal. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bulla? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,167 people with the last name Bulla.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bulla? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bulla as their last name since less than 1 person in 250k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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