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What does Stella mean?

Stella Pronunciation of Stella 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!" Also form of Asta.


ASSOCIATED WITH star, literary, 19th century


VARIANTS Estella, Estelle, Estrella, Stela, Stelle

SEE ALSO Estee, Starla, Wynstelle



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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 #38 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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?

Prominent variation forms of Stella (#38 IN RECENT RANKINGS) are Estella (#747), Estelle (#836), Estrella (#875) and Starla. These relations of Stella were at the peak of their popularity in the 1880s (USAGE OF 0.8%) and have become much less common since (USAGE 0.4%, DOWN 53.8%), with versions such as Estelle becoming less trendy.

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 sound-alike 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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