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What does Hella mean?

Hella Pronunciation of Hella [hel-la] as a girls' name is of Greek derivation, and the name Hella means "sun ray; prosperous, successful; holy". Hella is a version of Helen (Greek): linked to Greek hÍlios "sun". Hella is also a form of Helga (Scandinavian, Old Norse).

Associated with: greek, sun, prosperous (wealthy).


Hella has 2 variants: Helia and Hellia.

27 more alternative forms via Helen, Helga: Ella, Elle, Elly, Halina, Hege, Helaina, Helana, Heleen, Heleena, Helena, Helene, Helenna, Helje, Helle, Hellen, Hellena, Hellene, Ilka, Jelena, Leana, Lena, Leora, Nelda, Nell, Nellie, Nelly and Yelena.

Creative forms:
(female) Helly, Helta, ..

(male) Helda, Helley, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hella Makena (H.M.), ..

How popular is Hella?

Hella is an uncommonly occurring first name for women but a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#85996 out of 150436, Top 57%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Hella (not ranked) are Ella (#18 in 2015), Lena (#272), Elle (#398), Helen (#419), Helena (#534), Nellie (#1247), Elly (#1474), Nelly (#1724), Nelda, Nell, Hellen, Helene, Helga, Leana and Leora. These relations of Hella were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 6.3%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.8%, 87%). Helen is the clear favorite, although Elle appears to be becoming a favorite too, while versions like Nellie are now somewhat dated. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ella, Elle, Elly, Helen, Helena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helene, Helga, Hellen, Leana, Lena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leora, Nelda, Nell, Nellie, Nelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Hella is pronounced similarly to Gila, Haeley, Haelie, Haely, Hailea, Haily, Hala, Halah, Halea, Hali, Halia, Halie, Halley, Halli, Hallie, Hally, Haylea, Hellee, Hillie, Hilly, Hollee, Holley, Hollie, Holly and Hollye. Other suggested similar names are Adella, Arella, Axella, Bella, Beyla, Chella, Dela, Della, Diella, Dilla, Galla, Geila, Halle, Halma, Hedda, Hedlea (see Hadley), Hedya, Heida, Helisa, Helma, Helsa, Hena, Henia, Henka, Hill, Hille, Hilma, Holle, Huela, Huella, Keala, Kelila, Keyla, Leila, Loella, Mela, Mella, Merla, Neila, Neilla, Nella, Orella, Pella, Rella, Shella, Stella, Tesla, Tulla, Verla and Yulla. These names tend to be more commonly used than Hella.

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