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The Name Ella


Updated January 31, 2013

History and Meaning of Ella:

Ella is one of those names with a very long history, but it hasn't had an increased popularity until recently. The name was introduced to England during the Norman Conquest and was used until about the 14th century. The name started to be used more frequently in the 19th century.

The name is adapted from the Germanic name Alia which refers to "other." Ella can also be used as a nick name for Eleanor and Ellen.

Popularity of:

Ella is one of those names that has sort of gone up and down in popularity over the course of the past 130+ years. Toward the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, Ella remained in the Top 50 Names, but began falling in popularity. From 1984-1987, the name was no longer making the list of top 1000 baby names. At that point, the name skyrocketed in usage. In 2002, the name Ella cracked into the top 100 names, by 2008 it was in the top 20. In 2011, Ella reached her highest point in popularity at rank 12.

Globally, Ella has several countries where she is similarly popular: England/Wales, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, and Scotland.

Because Ella has fluctuated greatly in popularity, it does not appear on the Top 100 Names of the Past Century


Ella is a two syllable name with emphasis on the first syllable: EL-ə.

Middle Names for:

For detailed information on things you might consider when selecting a middle name, see Best Middle Names. You might also consider one of these suggestions:

  • Ella Alexandra
  • Ella Andrea
  • Ella Antionette
  • Ella Aurelie
  • Ella Bethany
  • Ella Caitlin
  • Ella Cecile
  • Ella Celeste
  • Ella Charlotte
  • Ella Chloe
  • Ella Claire
  • Ella Dior
  • Ella Frances
  • Ella Grace
  • Ella Harriet
  • Ella Hope
  • Ella Jade
  • Ella Josephine
  • Ella Joy
  • Ella Juliet
  • Ella Justine
  • Ella Kate
  • Ella Katherine
  • Ella Lillian
  • Ella Louise
  • Ella Love
  • Ella Lucille
  • Ella Madeleine
  • Ella Marie
  • Ella Matilda
  • Ella Monique
  • Ella Nadine
  • Ella Nicole
  • Ella Olivia
  • Ella Rose
  • Ella Ruby
  • Ella Sabine
  • Ella Scarlett
  • Ella Serene
  • Ella Sophie
  • Ella Stephanie
  • Ella Tess
  • Ella Victoria
  • Ella Violet
  • Ella Zoe

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Elle, El, and Ellie are all common nicknames for the name Ella.

Sibling Name Suggestions:

Need help picking out a sibling name for Ella? You might consider the suggestions below or read Choosing the Best Sibling Name.

  • For girls: Anna, Audrey, Ava, Chloe, Emma, Evelyn, Grace, Mia, Lucy, Olivia, Sophie
  • For boys: Benjamin, Cole, Henry, Luke, Max, Noah, Owen, Rhys

Famous Women Named Ella:

  • Ella Fitzgerald, Musician
  • Ella Bloor, Published Author
  • Ella Bobrow, Writer
  • Ella Cummins, Published Author
  • Ella D'arcy, Writer
  • Ella Deloria, Published Author
  • Ella Gahnt, Jazz Artist
  • Ella Gardner, Writer
  • Ella T. Grasso, Politician
  • Ella Guru, Artist (Painter)
  • Ella Hooper, Musician
  • Ella Pell, Romantic American Painter
  • Ella Pratt, Published Author
  • Ella Raines, Actor
  • Ella Ruddy, Published Author
  • Ella Simon, Writer
  • Ella Sykes, Published Author
  • Ella Wilcox, Poet
  • Ella Wood, American Modernism Artist
  • Ella Young, Writer

Celebrity Babies Named:

  • Ella Sofia Gordon (2010), daughter of Jeff Gordon
  • Ella Kole Moore (2010), daughter of Justin Cole Moore
  • Ella Betsi Evans Gruffudd (2009), daughter of Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffudd
  • Ella Alexander Rodriguez (2008), daughter of Alex Rodriguez
  • Ella Bailey Saucedo (2004), daughter of Rebecca Herbst and Michael Saucedo
  • Ella Rose Winter (2004), daughter of Sophie Raworth
  • Ella Mae Clapton (2003), daughter of Eric Clapton
  • Ella Rae Walberg (2003), daughter of Mark Wahlberg
  • Ella Olivia Stiller (2002), daughter of Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
  • Ella Corinne Beatty (2000), daughter of Annette Bening and Warren Beatty
  • Ella Bleu Travolta (2000), daughter of John Travolta and Kelly Preston
  • Ella Jane Sinise (1992), daughter of Gary Sinise
  • Ella, daughter of Warren Beatty
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