Origin, Meaning, And History Of Stella
If you are looking for starry qualities while choosing a baby name for your little princess, Stella may be a great choice. Stella is a predominantly female name derived from the Latin word “Stella” meaning “star.” The name Stella bears diverse variations, such as Estella (Spanish), Estelle (Latin), Estrela (Spanish), and Starla (English). In Greek, Stella means “pillar” derived from the word “Stylianos.”
The name Stella often symbolizes the celestial world and has some Biblical significance. Stella Maris was the ancient title given to the Virgin Mary, which meant “Our Lady, Star of the Sea.” Also, Stella was a common name used in everyday speech by sailors and navigators in colloquial America. It was often used to explain about an individual who lived in a place where roads diverged in different directions like a star. Stella was also used as a topographical name to distinguish any house in the form of a star or any other place named after a star.
Stella became a popular name in English-speaking countries after it was used by Philip Sydney in his sonnet named ‘Astrophel and Stella’ in the 1580s. The book is a collection of 108 sonnets that depicts the intense desire of Astrophel, the star-lover for Stella, the star. Stella is a fictional storyteller from the American children’s television series ‘Barney and Friends.’
You may also find Stella Kowalski as one of the main characters in Tennessee Williams’s play A Streetcar Named Desire. In this play, she is the younger sister of the protagonist Blanche DuBois and possesses an aristocratic heritage. The name’s popularity can be understood from the fact that in 2018, a total of 5121 babies were named Stella, with the highest recorded number since 1880.
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Famous People With The Name Stella
- Stella AmblerCanadian politician and former member of the House of Commons
- Stella AdlerAmerican actress and founder of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.
- Stella KretschmannDaughter of the famous German actor, Thomas Kretschmann
- Stella ZakharovaFormer Russian Olympic gymnast who is an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist
- Stella Hackel SimsAmerican attorney, politician, and Director of the United States Mint
Names With Similar Sound As Stella
Do you like the jingle of the name Stella, but want to find a different name with some other meaning? Here are some interesting similar-sounding names.
Names With Similar Meaning As Stella
Are you dubious about whether Stella is the right choice? There are many Latin names with similar meanings as Stella for your consideration.