Meaning and name origin
Donella \d(o)-nella, don(el)-la\ as a girl's name is of Italian origin, and the meaning of Donella is "lady". Donella is a variant of Denelle; modern name: perhaps a simple form of Danielle, or an elaboration of Nell. Also a variant of Donna (Italian): the original meaning is closer to "lady of the home".
Donella is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3657 out of 4276, Top 86%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Donella and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Donna. (2014 statistics).
Donella is also pronounced similarly to Danella, Daniella and Danyella. Other suggested similar baby names are Danell, Danelle, Denell, Dinelle, Doneille, Donelda, Donell, Donelle, Donielle, Donnell, Donnelle, Jonella and Ronella. These names tend to be less commonly used than Donella.