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Girl Name: Stella

Name: Stella
Pronunciation: \s-tella, st(el)-la\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: star
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Starla, Wynstelle, Asta
Sounds Like: Sydella, Sadella
Variant forms: Estella, Estelle, Estrella, Stela, Stelle
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 247
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 7573


Stella \s-tella, st(el)-la\ as a girl's 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 in most minds to the movie "A Streetcar named Desire", where Marlon Brando bellowed "Stella!"

Stella has 5 variant forms: Estella, Estelle, Estrella, Stela and Stelle.

For more information, see also related names Starla, Wynstelle and Asta.

Baby names that sound like Stella are Sydella and Sadella.

View a list of the 7 names that reference Stella.


Stella is a very popular first name for women (#247 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#7573 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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