What does Stella mean?
Stella /stel-la/ [2 sylls.] 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!"
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)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Stella for girls. Stella reached its highest rank of #59 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #66 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent variation forms of Stella (#66 in 2014) are Estella (#955 in 2014), Estelle (#906), Estrella (#839) and Starla. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5386%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.2468%, down 54.2%), 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. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Stella and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)