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 first thing you should know if you are considering Ella for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Ella is a girl name.
The name Ella is of Greek origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Norwegian speaking countries, Swedish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Ella we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Ella Name Meaning
The meaning of Ella has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. 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
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Ella and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Ella and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Ella is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
Hey! How’s your love life going lately? Get a free love reading & personal horoscope
with the most truthful answers. Start to grab every chance for success in your life! Did I mention it’s FREE?
(Sponsored Link; 18+ only)
Name Ella Categories
The name Ella is in the following categories: American Names, Ancient Greek Names, Australian Names, Classic Names, English Names, French Names, Germanic Names, Greek Mythological Names, New Zealand Names, Nicknames or Pet Names, Norwegian Names, Spanish Names, Swedish Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Ella. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Ella, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Ella
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Ella displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Ella Boy Name Popularity Chart
Ella Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
If you’re not sure yet, see our wide selection of both boy names and girl names all over the world to find the ideal name for your new born baby. We offer a comprehensive and meaningful list of popular names and cool names along with the name's origin, meaning, pronunciation, popularity and additional information.
Do your research and choose a name wisely, kindly and selflessly.
Our research is continuous so that we can deliver a high quality service; our lists are reviewed by our name experts regularly but if you think the information on this page is incorrect or incomplete, please let us know. Use our contact form to submit your suggestions, or leave your comment below.
Didn't find what you were looking for?
Affiliate Links - Advertising Disclosure
If you purchase a product or service linked from this site, we may receive an "affiliate commission". We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising" and also in accordance to amazon associates programme operating agreement.
The owner of this website is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.