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Meaning and name origin
Ella \e(l)-la\ as a girl's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#210 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ella for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ella and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Alice, Eleanor, Ella, Ellamae, Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Elly, Elvira, Helen, Isabella, Luella and Rella. (2015 statistics).
Ella is also pronounced similarly to Aila, Ala, Alea, Alia, Alli, Allia, Ally, 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 suggested similar baby names are El, Elba, Elga, Elka, Ellan, Ellba, Ellga, Ellma, Ellsa, Elma, Elna, Elsa, Elva, Elza and Erla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ella.
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