Origin of the name URSUS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name URSUS.
name meaning "bear."
... The bear was not in any remarkable favour at Rome; but the semi-Romans adopted
Ursus as a favourite among their names. Ursus and Ursinus
were early Gallic bishops. (History of Christian Names, Yonge,
St. Ursus brings a fountain
of water from a rock (sixth century). St. Ursus was a
native of Ireland, but quitted his native land and was made archdeacon
of Aosta. One hot summer he heard the rustics of Busseia
complaining of thirst, and lamenting the want of water in the
neighbourhood. He called to mind the text that "all things
are possible to him who believeth," and forthwith struck with his
staff the rock on which he was standing. Immediately there flowed
from it a spring of delicious water, which runs in a liquid stream even
to the present day, and is called "St. Bear's Fountain."
Mention is made of it in the archives of the chapter under the title of
1290, where it is stated that "one Jacquemet gave to St. Bear's
church a parcel of land situate in the locality of St. Ursus'
Fountain." (A Dictionary of Miracles, Brewer, 1901)