What 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.
60 more related forms via Alice, Eleanor, Elle, Ellen, Elvira, Isabella: Ala, Ali, Alica, Alie, Alika, Alis, Alisa▼, Aliz, Alles, Alli, Allie▲, Allis, Ally, Allys, Alys, Alysa▼, El, Elan, Elen, Elena▲, Elene, Eleni, Elin, Elissa, Elke, Ellan, Elleen, Ellen▼, Ellena, Ellene, Ellin, Ellissa, Ellon, Ellsa, Ellvira, Ellyn, Elna▼, Elnora▼, Elon, Elora▲, Elsa, Elva▼, Elvera▼, Elvie, Elvina, Elvyra, Elwira, Elyn, Elynn, Enora, Ilysa, Lena▼, Lina, Lira, Nelda▼, Nell▼, Nelle▼, Nelli, Nelly and Nora▲.Creative forms:
(female) Elei, Ellaia, ..
(male) Eleu, Elo, .. Middle name pairings:
Ella Yarely (E.Y.), ..
How 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. Demographics)
Ella reached its apex position of #12 in the U.S. in 2012, and is at #18 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Ala, Ali (#1278 from recent data), Alica, Alice (#87), Alisa (#1037), Alla, Alli, Allie (#255), Ally (#869), Alys, Alysa, Aubriella (#969), Ela, Eleanor (#60), Elena (#106), Elene, Eleni (#1595), Elin (#920), Elissa (#1395), Ellamae, Elle (#398), Ellen (#705), Ellena, Ellene, Elli, Ellie (#47), Elly (#1474), Ellyn, Elna, Elnora, Elora (#963), Elsa (#487), Elva, Elvera, Elvie, Elvina, Elvira, Helen (#419), Isabella (#5), Lena (#272), Lina (#857), Luella (#1337), Nelda, Nell, Nelle, Nelly (#1724), Nora (#41) and Rella are the prominent varying forms of Ella (#18 from recent data) appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Nelli, are seldom used. These forms of Ella were at the top of their popularity 115 years ago (adoption of 8.6%) and are now much less common (adoption 3.5%, down 60%), with versions like Nell becoming less fashionable. The most fashionable girl names here are Allie, Aubriella, Elena, Ella, Elle, Ellie, Elora, Isabella and Nora.
Ella▲ is alike in pronunciation to Aila, Aili, Alah, Alaia▲, Alea, Aley, Aliah▲, Aloe, Ayala, Ayla▲, Eilah, Eiley, Elia, Elois, Eula▼, Eulah, Ila▼, Illia, Ola▼, Olia, Olla, Willa▲, Willy, Yula and Yulia. Other recommended names are Arla, Cala, Dola, Eda▼, Edra, Efua, Eilat, Elba, Elda▼, Elga, Elida, Elina, Eliz, Eliza▲, Elka, Ellba, Ellga, Ellke, Ellma, Ellsi, Ellyza, Elma▼, Elssa, Elvia, Elysa, Elza, Ema, Enya, Erla, Erma▼, Esta▼, Etna, Euna, Galla, Hella, Isla▲, Jola, Kyla, Lala, Lalla, Lolla, Nela, Nella, Nila, Nola, Nula, Pella, Rilla▼, Vala and Zilla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ella.See names in meaning and etymology.