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since 1880
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Origin and Meaning of Uma

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     Indian (Sanskrit)

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  • A submission from Israel says the name Uma means "Nation" and is of Hebrew origin.
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  1. Fringe-toed lizard
  2. A benevolent aspect of Devi; `splendor'
  1. (Hinduism) One of the names of Hindu goddess Parvati.
  2. A female given name mainly used in India.

Notable Persons Named Uma

Uma Thurman is an actress, model, and singer. She was most active from 1985 to present. Uma was given the name Uma Karuna Thurman by her parents Nena von Schlebr├╝gge and Robert Thurman on April 29th, 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.


Kamini Kaushal is an actress and producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1946 to present. Kamini was given the name Uma Kashyap on February 24th, 1927 in Lahore.


Uma Riyaz Khan is an actress, dancer, and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Uma was given the name Uma Kamesh in Chennai. Uma is also known as Uma Riyaz.


Uma Bharti is a Minister of Water Resources, River Development, Ganga Rejuvenation, Member of Parliament, 16th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Ministry of Water Resources (India), and List of members of the 16th Lok Sabha. Uma was born on May 3rd, 1959 in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India.


She was most active from 1946 to 1990. Tun was given the name Uma Devi on July 11th, 1923 in Uttar Pradesh, India. She died on November 24th, 2003.


Uma Shankari is an actor and film actress. She was most prominent from 2000 to 2007. Uma was given the name Uma Shankari Rajendra Babu by her parents D. Rajendra Babu and Sumithra (actress) in Chennai. Uma is also known as Umashankari and Uma Shankari Rajendra Babu.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Uma

He breathed his last breath in 500.


Tula Uma is a ZP Chairperson of Karimnagar. She was most prominent from 2014 to present. Tula was born on December 25th, 1970 in Mothkuraopet, Telangana.


How popular is the baby name Uma in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1961 5 5 0
1966 8 8 0
1970 6 6 0
1972 8 8 0
1976 6 6 0
1978 7 7 0
1979 7 7 0
1980 7 7 0
1981 7 7 0
1982 7 7 0
1983 5 5 0
1986 7 7 0
1988 8 8 0
1990 5 5 0
1991 7 7 0
1992 9 9 0
1993 5 5 0
1994 10 10 0
1995 18 18 0
1996 25 25 0
1997 30 30 0
1998 33 33 0
1999 28 28 0
2000 55 55 0
2001 38 38 0
2002 35 35 0
2003 48 48 0
2004 57 57 0
2005 65 65 0
2006 81 81 0
2007 70 70 0
2008 50 50 0
2009 60 60 0
2010 60 60 0
2011 61 61 0
2012 77 77 0
2013 56 56 0
2014 78 78 0
2015 66 66 0
2016 69 69 0
2017 73 73 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Uma

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Uma as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Uma

  • How Popular is the name Uma? Uma is the 8,705th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Uma have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,357 babies born with the first name Uma in the United States. That's more than enough people named Uma to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Uma? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1961 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Uma first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Uma is Monday, July 2nd, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Uma born? The highest recorded use of the first name Uma was in 2006 with a total of 81 babies.
  • Random Uma Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Uma is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Uma: Your name in reverse order is Amu. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uma. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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