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pinWhat does Ella mean?

Ella /el-la/ as a girls' name is pronounced EL-ah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Ella is "other, foreign".

Originally a short form of names containing ali (compare Eleanor). Also pet form of Alice, Ellen, Elvira and Isabella. It can also derive from the German name Alja meaning "entire". In Hebrew Ella means "goddess". The name was introduced to Britain by the Normans. Elle is a variant made familiar by supermodel Elle MacPherson. Singer Ella Fitzgerald.


Ella has 13 variants: Alla, Ela, Elladine, Elle, Ellee, Ellesse, Elletta, Ellette, Elli, Ellia, Ellie, Ellina and Elly.

Related girl names: Aubriella, Ellamae, Floella, Fredella, Luella, Marell, Myrella, Rella, Cinderella and Helen.

Ella has 22 more related forms via Alice, Eleanor, Elle, Ellen, Elvira, Isabella: Ala, Alli, Ally, El, Elan, Elen, Elena, Elin, Elke, Ellan, Ellen, Ellena, Ellin, Ellon, Ellsa, Ellyn, Elna, Elon, Elora, Elsa, Elva and Elyn.

Kreatif forms: Elei, Ellaei. [more]

pinHow popular is Ella?

Ella is a very popular first name for females (#210 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#74398 out of 150436, Top 49%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Ella for girls. Ella reached its apex position of #12 in the U.S. in 2012, and is at #17 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ella name in U.S.

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

Alice (#97 2 years ago), Ally (#736), Aubriella (#920), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elin (#733), Ellamae, Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Elna, Elsa (#286), Elva, Elvira, Helen (#404), Isabella (#4), Luella and Rella are the prominent varying forms of Ella (#17 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Ellin, are seldom used. These forms of Ella were at the top of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.5262%) and are almost as common today (usage 0.4473%, down 15%), but with versions like Elna, Elva, Elvira, Helen and Luella falling out of fashion. Alice is a perennial favorite, though Isabella is now the more favored form. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Ella and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ella, Alice, Ally, Aubriella, Eleanor in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elena, Elin, Ellamae, Elle, Ellen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ellie, Elna, Elsa, Elva, Elvira in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Helen, Isabella, Luella, Rella in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ella, Alice, Eleanor, Elin, Elle outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellen, Ellie, Elsa, Elvira, Isabella outside U.S.

pinSimilar Names

Ella is alike in pronunciation to Aila, Alea, Alia, Allia, Alya, Ayla, Eila, Eilah, Eily, Elah, Eli, Elia, Eula, Eulah, Eulia, Ila, Illa, Illia, Iola, Ola, Olia, Olla, Oula, Ula, Ulla, Ulli, Willa, Yola, Yula and Yulla. Other recommended similar baby names are Elba, Elda, Elga, Elka, Ellba, Ellga, Ellma, Elma, Elza and Erla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ella.