The name Tula ranked 3923rd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
Some derive this name from a Gaelic original meaning ''fruitful woman.'' However, there are strong arguments for the American derivation, given that the great popularizer of the name, actress Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), was raised in the American South not far from Georgia's Tallulah Falls. Also, the name had been in her family for a while; she was named after her paternal grandmother.