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What does Della mean?

Della Pronunciation of Della [del-la] as a girls' name is pronounced DEL-ah. It is of German origin, and the meaning of Della is "noble". Short form of Adela, Adeline, and Adelaide. Used as an independent name since the 1870s. Singer Della Reese.

Associated with: noble.


Della has 4 variants: Dell, Delle, Dellene and Delline.

Affiliated girl names: Alida, Cordelia and Delicia.

17 more different relations via Adela, Adelaide, Adeline: Adela, Adelia, Adell, Adella, Adellah, Adelle, Ahdella, Dalina, Dallina, Del, Delina, Deline, Delli, Dellina, Delly, Delyne and Edelle.

Creative forms:
(female) Delo, Tala, ..

(male) Delda, Dellav, ..

Middle name pairings:
Della Salome (D.S.), ..

How popular is Della?

Della is a very prominent first name for females (#376 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#43955 out of 150436, Top 29%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Della reached its peak rank of #68 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #1178. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Della name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Della outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Adela (#1123 the previous year), Adelaide (#273), Adelia, Adeline (#135), Adell, Adella, Adelle, Alida, Cordelia (#948), Delicia, Delina and Dell are the prominent variation forms of Della (#1178 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Del, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Della was more pronounced among parents in the 1880s (median #682) and is somewhat lower today (#1512, 44%). Adeline has historically been the top pick of parents, although Adelaide appears to be gaining favor too, while forms such as Alida used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Della, Adela, Adelaide, Adelia, Adeline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adell, Adella, Adelle, Alida, Cordelia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Delicia, Delina, Dell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Della and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Della is alike in pronunciation to Dahlia, Daleia, Dalia, Daliah, Daliya, Dalla, Daly, Dalya, Dalyah, Dayla, Deelia, Dela, Delia, Delie, Delya, Diella, Dila, Dilla, Dilli, Dola, Dollee, Dolley, Dolli, Dollie and Dolly. Other recommended names are Bella, Billa, Calla, Ceila, Cilla, Dallas, Deana, Decka, Deka, Delfa, Delila, Delis, Delisa, Dellis, Dellta (see Delta), Delma, Delpha, Delta, Dena, Denna, Dervla, Detta, Devra, Dielle, Doll, Donella, Dyllan, Galla, Geila, Gelila, Hella, Keala, Keela, Lalla, Leola, Leyla, Lilla, Lolla, Mella, Milla, Neila, Nella, Pella, Raella, Rella, Sela, Shella, Tekla, Verla and Zilla. These names tend to be less frequently used than Della.

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