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Stella meaning and name origin
Stella \s-tella, st(el)-la\ as a girl's name is pronounced STEL-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Stella is "star". Mostly literary use until the 19th century, when the name became popular. Linked in most minds to the movie "A Streetcar named Desire", where Marlon Brando bellowed "Stella!"Stella has 5 variant forms: Estella, Estelle, Estrella, Stela and Stelle.
For more information, see also related names Starla, Wynstelle and Asta. Baby names that sound like Stella are Sydella and Sadella.
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Popularity of Stella
Stella is a very popular first name for women (#247 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7573 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Stella compared with its variant forms and related girl baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Stella only.