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Gender: F Meaning of Stella: "star" Origin of Stella: Latin Stella's Popularity in 2012: #62

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Following on the heels of Ella, Gabriella, Isabella et al, Stella manages to be both celestial and earthy at the same time. Stella is wildly popular among the Malibu set and its star is sure to rise even higher; Stella is firmly in the Top 100, now at Number 62.

The name Stella was coined by Sir Philip Sidney in 1590, was famously bellowed by Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, and was used for their daughters by Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Molly Shannon, Ellen Pompeo, Gena Lee Nolan, Jennifer Grey and Dave Matthews, among others.

Designer Stella McCartney is a notable bearer, and Stella Adler was an influential acting teacher, with Brando one of her prize pupils.

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Famous People Named Stella

Stella Adler, American actress
Stella Parton, American singer
Stella Hudgens, American actress
Stella Stevens, American actress
Stella Ruby, daughter of Kari Byron from "Mythbusters"
Stella McCartney, fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney
Stella McDermott, daughter of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
Stella Haven Walsh, daughter of actor Dylan Walsh
Stella Damon, daughter of actor Matt Damon
Stella Ritter, daughter of actor John Ritter
Stella Luna Ivery, b. 2009, daughter of actress Ellen Pompeo
Stella Street, daughter of American actress Elisabeth Shue
Stella, daughter of pro skateboarder Andrew Reynolds

Pop Culture References for the Name Stella

Stella Kowalski, character in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Stella Bonasera, character from the TV series "CSI: NY"
Stella Malone, character from the TV series "Jonas"
Stella Yamada, from the Disney movie "Lemonade Mouth"
"Stella Blue," song by the Grateful Dead
"Stella," song by Ida Maria
Stella Zinman, character on "How I Met Your Mother"
Stella, character on "Hey Arnold"
Stella, fairy in "Winx Club"
Stella Artois, a brand of beer
"Stella," song by All Time Low
"Bella Stella," song by Highland
Stellaluna, titular fruit bat in the popular children's picture book "Stellaluna" (1993)
"Stella," pseudonym of Celinda Toobad in Thomas Love Peacock's "Nightmare Abbey" (1818)

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