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Gender: F Meaning of Ella: "all, completely; fairy maiden" Origin of Ella: German; English Ella's Popularity in 2015: #18

Following in the path of Emma and Isabella/Bella, Ella shot up the charts since the millennium: it rose from Number 265 in 2000 to a high of Number 15 in 2013 and is at Number 18 this year.

Ella has long been a fave of the glitterati -- including the John Travoltas, the Warren Beattys, Ben Stiller, Eric Clapton, Jeff Gordon, Ioan Gruffudd, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Wahlberg.

Iconic singer Ella Fitzgerald adds a jazzy edge. One other appeal of Ella: It sounds both vintage and modern at the same time. Although it hadn't been used much for a few generation and so sounds fresh, there are an awful lot of little girls named Ella running around -- along with those called Ellie and Bella. So while it has much to recommend it, don't say we didn't warn you about Ella Enchanted's popularity.

And her popularity isn't limited to the US: Ella is Number 4 in Sweden and Number 6 in Australia.

Famous People Named Ella

Ella Jane Fitzgerald, American jazz singer
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author
Ella Josephine Baker, American civil rights leader
Ella Eyre, British singer
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, birth name of New Zealand singer Lorde
Ella Rae Peck, American actress
Ella Purnell, American actress
Ella Grasso, American politician; 83rd governor of Connecticut
Gabriella Michelle "Ella" Henderson, English singer-songwriter
Ella Thomas, Eritrean-American model
Ella Wallace Raines, American actress
Ella Hiller, American actress
Ella Chen, Taiwanese pop singer of group S.H.E.
Ella Koon (Yun-na), Chinese pop singer, actress and model
Ella Jenkins, American folk singer
Ella Selina Osbourne, daughter of English actress Jacqueline Jossa and Daniel Osbourne
Ella Joyce (born Cherron Hoye), American actress
Ella Watts-Gorman, American actress
Ella Corrinne Beatty (2000), daughter of actors Warren Beatty & Annette Bening
Ella Betsi Gruffudd (2009), daughter of actors Alice Evans & Ioan Gruffudd
Ella Sofia Gordon (2007), daughter of driver Jeff Gordon & Ingrid Vandebosch
Ella Kole Moore (2010), daughter of Kate and Justin Moore
Ella Bailey Saucedo (2004), Rebecca Herbst & Michael Saucedo's child
Ella Olivia Stiller (2002), daughter of actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
Ella Bleu Travolta (2000), daughter of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Ella Rae Wahlberg (2003), daughter of actor Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham
Ella Saari, daughter of pro skateboarder Arto Saari
Ella Alexander Rodriguez (2008), Alex Rodriguez & Cynthia Scurtis' daughter
Ella Graves, daughter of Rupert Graves
Ella Hooper, Australian singer
Ella Rose Dobson (b. 2014), daughter of Five singer Ritchie Neville and Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton

Pop Culture References for the name Ella

Ella of Frell, main character in Gail Carson Levine's "Ella Enchanted"
Ella Dunham, character on TV's 'Fringe'
Ella Hart, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Ella the harpy, character in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series
Ella Montgomery, character in the Pretty Little Liars series
Ella, real name of Cinderella in some versions of the fairy tale
Ella the Elephant, animated TV series
Ella, a character in the 'Total Drama' animated series
Ella Daniels, character in the Ella and Micha series by Jessica Sorensen
Ella Martinez, character in the Maximum Ride series
Ella Francis, character in the Virals series by Kathy and Brendon Reichs
Ella, character in 'Ways to Live Forever' by Sally Nicholls
Ella Moss, clothing brand
Ella's Kitchen, baby food company
Ella Quiere Cualto, song by Joswa in Da House
Ella Y Yo, song by Don Omar featuring Romeo
Ella, contraceptive pill
Ella Lorena Kennedy, daughter of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind

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