Ulla's Name Day

This year Ulla's Name day is on 26th October 2017

Ulla is derived from the Latin, 'little bear'; Ulla has a name day of 26th October and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Ursula

Saint Ursula, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Women
  • Girls
  • Teachers

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Ursula has the following symbols associated

  • An ermine-lined cloak
  • Two arrows
  • A dove
  • A ship
  • A crown

Historically Famous Ullas

Apparently, Ursula was a British princess who refused to marry a pagan suitor until, playing for time, she had made a pilgrimage to Rome with 11,000 virgins. The required companions were eventually found and Ursula set off with her entourage to Rome, where she met the Pope. She was assured in a dream that she would be martyred on the return journey and would therefore avoid the threat of marriage; she told this to the Pope who, also keen for martyrdom, then joined her. When they reached Cologne on the return journey, they met the pagan suitor who was now converted and alsoanx ious for martyrdom, and there were some Huns who were happy to oblige. Historians believe that some women seem to have been martyred at Cologne before the late fourth century, so maybe this story has a high degree of truth in it. Sadly, Ursula is no longer on the official Roman calendar, but she has given her name to an Order of nuns, as well as many other women, and she and her companions are immortalized as 'the eleven who went up to heaven' in some interpretations of the song, 'Green grow the rushes-O'.

Other Names Day resources

Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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