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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Ella

The name Ella is of Germanic origin and means ‘Beautiful Light’, ‘all’, or ‘other.’ In modern Hebrew, the word ‘Ella’ signifies ‘goddess’ or ‘a tree in the pistachio family.’

Ella can be seen as feminine because, in Spanish, it is equivalent to ‘she’ or ‘her.’ In Gothic, the name Ella translates to ‘truly lively,’ whereas, in French, it means ‘little cinders.’ Ella is believed to have sprung from the Greek name Elfin, which means ‘a beautiful fairy woman’. In Greek Mythology, Ella was the child of Athamas and Nephele. The name may also relate to Hellas, the area surrounding Dodona.

It is a short form or pet version of several names that start with El, such as Eleanor or Ellen. Additionally, it may be a short form of a name with the suffix “-ella,” such as Isabella or Gabriella. The Ella popularity index steadily ascended the rankings after 1992, according to Social Security Administration data, and during the following ten years, it reached the top 100. The baby name Ella rose from its lowest position of 264 in 2000 to the top 50 in 2003 and the top 20 in 2008. In the US, Ella achieved its highest popularity in 2011 and 2012, ranking as the 12th most popular girl’s name, and in 2020, it peaked at number 15.

This short and pleasant name is universally recognizable, and is popular in nations, including Germany, Belgium, the UK, Australia, and Switzerland.

The popularity of the name is also attributed to singer Ella Fitzgerald and the film Ella Enchanted. Disney’s Cinderella is among the well-known fictional characters with the name Ella. Ella the Elephant is a children’s cartoon. Despite being short, Ella is a name that is perfect for numerous cute nicknames like Elly, El, Ella Bella, Elsa, and Elsie.


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Beautiful light; Goddess
Greek, Germanic
1 word, 4 letters, 2 vowels, 2 consonants
Short and easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Ella?

Pronounced as eh-luh

The way you pronounce a name can make all the difference.

Listen to the sound of the name Ella in English.

Listen to the sound of the name Ella in German.

Famous People With The Name Ella

  • Ella AndersonAmerican child actress
  • Ella FitzgeraldAmerican jazz singer
  • Ella T. GrassoAmerican politician and the first woman elected governor of Connecticut
  • Ella HandersonBritish singer
  • Ella EronenFinnish actress
  • Ella B. Ensor WilsonAmerican social reformer and writer
  • Ella Yelich-O’ConnorKiwi musician known by her stage name “Lorde”
  • Ella Wheeler WilcoxAmerican poet and author
  • Ella GifftAmerican businesswoman and suffragist
  • Ella HavelkaBallet dancer and first Indigenous person to join the Australian Ballet

Ella On The Popularity Chart

Below are the findings of the Social Security Administration ( the agency which compiles a list based on the most famous names parents opted to give their children, born the previous year, since 1997) for the baby name Ella.

Popularity Over Time

After 1992, there was a steady rise in the popularity of Ella, and saw its peak in 2010 with more than 9500 people giving this name to their children. Here is the graphic representation of its popularity over the years.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

In 2000, the name Ella was ranked 264, and it rose to the top 20 by 2008. Ella’s popularity peaked between 2011 and 2012 when it was ranked as the 12th most popular girl’s name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Ella

Take a look at these intriguing names that sound like Ella but have different meanings.

Popular Sibling Names For Ella

If you are looking for some matching sibling names that resonate with Ella, check our suggestions here.

Boy Sibling Names For Ella

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Girl Sibling Names For Ella

Looking for some suitable sister names for Ella? Check out our collection of beautiful and unique names.

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Other Popular Names Beginning With E

Looking for more baby names starting with the letter E to resonate with your family’s naming tradition or to rhyme with the sibling names? Find a range of alternative names starting with this letter.

Names With Same Meaning As Ella

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Name Numerology For Ella

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the girl names that match Ella?

Some girl names that match the sound and style of Ella are Bella, Stella, Emma, Ava, Elle, Ellen, and Aelia.

2. Is Ella a vintage name?

Ella was a popular name in the 19th and 20th centuries. Therefore, it can be considered a vintage name as it has a classic charm and evergreen appeal.

3. Does Ella mean a gift from God?

Ella does not mean the gift of God directly. However, the variations of the name have different meanings, such as God is my light, goddess, and God in my strength.

4. What is the masculine form of Ella?

Ella is a feminine name and doesn’t have any masculine versions. Having said that, some of the boys’ names that match the sound and feel of Ella are Elvin, Ellis, and Elliot.

5.What is the full form of Ella?

Ella is a given name on its own. It is a common English and German name that is commonly used independently rather than as an abbreviated version of another name. However, it can be used as a nickname for Eleanor and Ellen.

6. Which Princess is Ella?

Ella is the princess from the fairy tale ‘Cinderella.’ In many variations of the original story, she is known as Ella, a compassionate and resilient young woman called Cinderella by her stepfamily as she was often seen in cinders.

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