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What does Ela mean?

Ela Pronunciation of Ela [ela] as a girls' name is of Hebrew and Old German origin, and the meaning of the name Ela is "tree; other, foreign". Ela is a variant form of Eila (Hebrew): variation of Ilana. Ela is also a variant of Ella (Old German).

Associated with: tree.


Ela has 9 variants: Alla, Eilah, Elah, Ellee, Elli, Ellia, Ellie, Elly and Ila.

3 more different relations via Eila, Ella: Eilona, Elle and Ellina.

Creative forms:
(female) Eala, Een, ..

(male) Eleu, Elo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ela Stacey (E.S.), ..

How popular is Ela?

Ela is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3440 out of 4276, Top 80%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#53782 out of 150436, Top 36%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ela reached its top position of #1318 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Alla, Ella (#18 in recent rankings), Elle (#398), Elli, Ellie (#47), Elly (#1474) and Ila (#1184) are the prominent variation forms of Ela appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Ela is well-received today (usage of 1.08%). Ella has been the top favorite, though Ellie has become popular as well, while Ila has become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ela, Alla, Ella, Elle, Elli in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellie, Elly, Ila in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ella, Elle, Ellie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ela is alike in pronunciation to Aalya, Aila, Aili, Alaia, Alais, Alaya, Alea, Aleah, Aliya, Allia, Ally, Aloe, Eiley, Eily, Eli, Elia, Elois, Eula, Eulah, Iola, Olia, Olla, Ula, Yula and Yulla. Other recommended names are Eba, Eda, Efa, El, Elan, Elba, Elda, Elga, Elka, Elma, Elna, Els, Elsa, Elva, Elza, Ema, Ena, Erla, Eva and Ewa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ela.

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