What does Stella mean?
Stella \s-tella, st(el)-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 in most minds to the movie "A Streetcar named Desire", where Marlon Brando bellowed "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 (#7573 out of 88799, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Stella for girls. Stella reached its highest rank of #59 in the U.S. then, and is at #66 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Stella and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Stella (#66 in 2014) ranked in the Top 1000 are Estella (#955 in 2014), Estelle (#906), Estrella (#839) and Starla. This girl name was at the peak of its popularity during 1880-1889 and has become much less popular since, with the versions Estella, Estelle and Estrella becoming less trendy. Stella (#66) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this list, with this name undergoing a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)