Meaning and Name Origin
Ella \e(l)-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 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.
Ella is a very popular first name for females (#210 out of 4276, Top 5%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (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)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Ella and related names. Alice (#97 last year), Ally (#736), 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 last year) appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and are somewhat less popular today, with versions like Elna, Elva, Elvira, Helen and Luella falling out of fashion. The most fashionable girl names here are Alice (#97), Eleanor (#78), Elin (#733), Ellie (#55) and Elsa (#286), with Alice, Eleanor, Ellie and Elsa going through a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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▼, Elga, Elka, Ellba, Ellga, Ellma, Elma▼, Elza and Erla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ella.