Most Filipinos prefer Spanish and English names for their children. Tagalog names are considered old-fashioned.
Urduja is a lovely name from before the Spanish colonial period.
Urduja (ca. 1350–1400 AD) is a legendary warrior princess who is recognized as a heroine either of Pangasinan in the Philippines or of Champa, today located in Southern Vietnam.
The name Urduja appears to be Sanskrit in origin, and a variation of the name “Udaya”, meaning “arise” or “rising sun”, or the name “Urja”, meaning “breath”.
A historical reference to Urduja can be found in the travel account of Ibn Battuta (1304 – possibly 1368 or 1377 AD), a Muslim traveler from Morocco.
In the province of Pangasinan, the governor’s residence in Lingayen is named “Urduja House.”
A statue of Princess Urduja stands at the Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan.