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What does Stella mean?

Stella Pronunciation of Stella [stel-la] as a girls' 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 by most to the movie "A Streetcar named Desire", where Marlon Brando bellowed "Stella!"

Associated with: star, literary, 19th century.


Stella has 5 variants: Estella, Estelle, Estrella, Stela and Stelle.

Related girl names: Estee, Starla, Wynstelle and Asta.

Creative forms:
(female) Stelna, Stelya, ..

(male) Stelme, ..

Middle name pairings:
Stella Amia (S.A.), ..

How popular is Stella?

Stella is a very prominent first name for women (#247 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#7642 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Stella reached its highest rank of #51 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Stella name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Stella outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Stella (#51 in recent rankings) are Estella (#874 in recent rankings), Estelle (#823), Estrella (#794) and Starla. These relations of Stella were at the peak of their popularity in the 1900s (usage of 0.5%) and are almost as common today (usage 0.4%, down 16.9%), but with versions such as Estelle becoming less trendy. Stella is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Stella, Estella, Estelle, Estrella, Starla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Stella outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abella, Adella, Arella, Axella, Bella, Chella, Della, Diella, Etelka (see Ethel), Hella, Huella, Idella, Joella, Loella, Luella, Mella, Nella, Noella, Odella, Onella, Orella, Pella, Raella, Rella, Sabella, Sadella, Sadelle, Sadellia, Samella, Seelia, Seila, Sela, Selda, Selia, Sellma, Selma, Seula, Sheela, Sheila, Shela, Shelia, Shell, Shella, Shelle, Shelli, Shelly, Sheyla, Shilla, Sibella, Stefa, Steffa, Stefka, Stefya, Stepa, Stepha, Stesha, Sybella, Sydell, Sydella, Sydelle, Udella and Vitella. These names tend to be less commonly used than Stella.

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