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 is a very popular first name for females (#247 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7573 out of 88799, Top 9%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Stella for girls. Stella reached its highest rank of #59 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Stella and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Stella (#66), Estrella (#839), Estelle (#906), Estella (#955) and Starla. (2014 statistics).