Maybe it's because she shares that winning 'elle' sound with Isabel and Bella but Estelle is no longer seen as a muumuu-wearing canasta player of a certain age (think George Costanza's mother on Seinfeld), but has become one of the fastest-rising names on Nameberry. Could be in part thanks to the young Royal Couple of Sweden, who chose it for their firstborn daughter, or the single-named British R&B singer.
Latin version Estella, introduced in Great Expectations, also has energy and charm, while Estrella is another stylish member of this star-related club. Ali Landry has a daughter named Estela. Este and Estee are also in the wind.
After a half-century absence, Estelle has just reappeared on the U.S. Top 1000.