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What does Stella mean?

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.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Stellana, Stelna, ..

(male) Stelley, Stelme, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name statistics of Stella for girls. Stella reached its highest rank of #59 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #66 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent variation forms of Stella (#66 in recent rankings) are Estella (#955 in recent rankings), Estelle (#906), Estrella (#839) and Starla. These relations of Stella were at the peak of their popularity in the 1900s (usage of 0.5%) and are somewhat less common today (usage 0.4%, down 27%), 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.