Girl Names baby name Ella

What does the name Ella mean?

The different meanings of the name Ella are:
  • American meaning: Foreign
  • French meaning: Foreign
  • Greek meaning: Illumination
  • Spanish meaning: A woman
  • English meaning: Beautiful fairy woman
  • Teutonic meaning: Of all
The meaning of the name “Ella” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: The name is taken from Greek mythology, which refers to Ella as the daughter of Athamas and Nephele.  The name was familiarized to England during the Norman Conquest and was used until about the 14th century as a short form of any of the various names containing the Germanic element ali (foreign, other). The name started to be used more frequently in the 19th century.


The name may be connected with the word Hellas (Greek: Ἑλλάς), which is the Greek name for Greece, which was originally the name of the region round Dodona. Ella means "goddess" in Hebrew. Another source proposes it as a short form of Eleanor and Ellen, which means "light." It can also mean "beautiful fairy woman" in English. The name is now taken as a variant of Ellen, and also a possible nickname to other names with a strong el-sound in them.

Some fantastic musicians and authors around with the name are Ella Fitzgerald the musician, Ella Bloor a published author, Ella Bobrow a writer and Ella Cummins, another published author.

Ella featured in the top 20 names in England and Wales from 2001-2006. Ella became popular again in the Victorian era in English-speaking countries and has been revived in the last decade, becoming a trending name for baby girls born in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As per the U.S. statistics in 2002, the name Ella entered into the top 100 names, it was the 21st most popular name for girls in 2006 and by 2008 it was in the top 20. In 2011, Ella became the most popular of all times at rank 12. For 2014, the number of births with name Ella represented 0.438 percent of total births in U.S. In the UK in 2007, Ella held the 9th spot. It is a very popular name in Australia, where it held the top spot in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia in 2006.

Ella also appears in a Philippines based urban legend ‘The Dame’. Another legend goes for ‘Tobey Rimes – World’s Richest Dog’ owned by Ella Wendel, the last surviving heir to a vast Manhattan real estate fortune built up over two centuries alongside the Astors.

The unique spellings for the name are Ella , Elar, Ellarh, Eella, Ela, Ellea. People who like Ella also like some related names like Ellamae, Floella, Fredella, Luella, Marell, Myrella, Rella, Cinderella and Helen. Elle, El, and Ellie are all common nicknames for the name Ella.

The name has its counterparts as: EliisabetHelenaJelenaLeenaLiisaLiisu in Dutch, EleonóraErzsébetHelénaIzabella in Irish, ElenaEleonoraElisabettaIleana in Italian, and HelēnaJelena  in Spanish.