German; English
"all, completely; fairy maiden"

Ella Origin and Meaning

The name Ella is a girl's name of German, English origin meaning "all, completely; fairy maiden".

Ella is a sweet, simple name that owes much of its current popularity to the popularity of other names, from Emma to Bella to Emily to Ellie.

Ella is one of those names that just misses ranking among the US Top 1000 for its entire history, falling off the list for a handful of years in the 1980s before shooting straight back toward the top. Like many names from Liam to Finn to Emma that's easy to spell and pronounce, Ella is an international favorite, making the Top 100 throughout the Anglophone world as well as in a range of French and German-speaking, Scandinavian, and Eastern European countries.

Which makes sense for a name with parallel derivations in several different languages and cultures. Ella is the Norman variation of the Germanic Alia—itself a nickname for names containing the element ali. In English speaking countries and Scandinavia, Ella developed as a diminutive for names beginning with El-, such as Eleanor and Elizabeth. Ella is also a Hebrew name, referring to a tree in the pistachio family or in modern Hebrew, "goddess."

Ella can also be a short form of names that begin with El, such as Eleanor and Elizabeth, as well as those that end with -ella, from Gabriella to Luella to Rafaella. And it can be one of the many routes to the super-popular nickname Ellie.

Ella has long been a favorite celebrity baby name, chosen by several stars for their now-mostly-grown daughters by John Travolta, Warren Beatty, Ben Stiller, Eric Clapton, Jeff Gordon, Ioan Gruffudd, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Wahlberg.

Iconic singer Ella Fitzgerald adds a jazzy edge. And Ella Enchanted gave the name some princess-y pop.

# 32 in the US

Ella Rank in US Top 1000

# 78 on Nameberry

Ella Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ella Popularity

Famous People Named Ella

  • Ella Jane FitzgeraldAmerican jazz singer
  • Ella Wheeler WilcoxAmerican author
  • Ella Josephine BakerAmerican civil rights leader
  • Ella EyreBritish singer
  • Ella Marija Lani YelichO'Connor, birth name of Lorde, New Zealand singer
  • Ella Rae PeckAmerican actress
  • Ella PurnellAmerican actress
  • Ella GrassoAmerican politician; 83rd governor of Connecticut
  • Gabriella Michelle "Ella" HendersonEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Ella ThomasEritrean,American model
  • Ella Wallace RainesAmerican actress
  • Ella AstvatsatrynaArmenian rhythmic gymnast
  • Ella HillerAmerican actress
  • Ella Dane MorganAmerican actress
  • Ella ChenTaiwanese pop singer of group S.H.E.
  • Ella Koon (Yunna), Chinese pop singer, actress and model
  • Ella JenkinsAmerican folk singer
  • Ella PolischeckAmerican model & actress
  • Ella Grayce ResnickAmerican actress
  • Ella Joyce (born Cherron Hoye)American actress
  • Ella WattsGorman, American actress
  • Ella HooperAustralian singer
  • Ella Copple Masar McLeodAmerican,Canadian soccer player
  • Ella Craig (b. 1993)daughter of actor Daniel Craig
  • Ella Corrinne Beatty (2000)daughter of actors Warren Beatty & Annette Bening
  • Ella Bleu Travolta (2000)daughter of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston
  • Ella Hewitt (b. 2001)daughter of actress Moira Kelly and Steve Hewitt
  • Ella Olivia Stiller (2002)daughter of actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
  • Ella May Clapton (b. 2003)daughter of musician Eric Clapton
  • Ella Rae Wahlberg (2003)daughter of actor Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham
  • Ella Bailey Saucedo (2004)daughter of actors Rebecca Herbst & Michael Saucedo
  • EllaBlu Jeffery (b. 2004), daughter of actors Aaron Jeffery and Zoe Naylor
  • Ella Willis (b. 2004)daughter of TV personality Steve "Commando" Willis
  • Ella Graves (b. 2005)daughter of actor Rupert Graves
  • Ella Dixon (b. 2005)daughter of actress Jennifer Beals and Ken Dixon
  • Ella Rose Gaines (b. 2006)daughter of reality stars Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Ella Sofia Gordon (2007)daughter of driver Jeff Gordon & Ingrid Vandebosch
  • Ella Alexander Rodriguez (2008)daughter of baseball player Alex Rodriguez
  • Ella Fair (b. 2008)daughter of singer Stefanie Ridel and Ron Fair
  • Ella Betsi Gruffudd (2009)daughter of actors Alice Evans & Ioan Gruffudd
  • Ella Kole Moore (2010)daughter of singer Justin Moore
  • Ella Bisbal Tablada (b.2010)daughter of singer David Bisbal
  • Ella Saari (b. 2011) daughter of pro skateboarder Arto Saari
  • Ella Rose Dobson (b. 2014)daughter of singers Ritchie Neville and Natasha Hamilton
  • Ella Selina Osbourne (b. 2015) daughter of actress Jacqueline Jossa and Daniel Osbourne
  • EllaLoren James (b. 2016), daughter of actors Tika Sumpter and Nick James
  • Ella Grace Hartwell (b. 2017)daughter of actress Keshia Knight,Pulliam and NFL player Edgerton Hartwell
  • Ella Rose Brown (b. 2017)daughter of American singer and actress Laura Benanti
  • Ella Clooney (b. 2017)daughter of actor George and Amal Clooney; twin of brother Alexander
  • Ella Jack Silverman (b. 2017)daughter of Jonathan Silverman and Jennifer Finnigan.

Ella in Pop Culture

  • Ella of Frellmain character in Gail Carson Levine's "Ella Enchanted"
  • Ella Minnow Peamain character in Mark Dunn’s “Ella Minnow Pea”
  • Ella Dunhamcharacter on TV's 'Fringe'
  • Ella Hartcharacter on British soap "Emmerdale"
  • Ella the harpycharacter in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series
  • Ella Montgomerycharacter in the Pretty Little Liars series
  • Ellareal name of Cinderella in some versions of the fairy tale
  • Ella the Elephantanimated TV series
  • Ellaa character in the 'Total Drama' animated series
  • Ella Danielscharacter in the Ella and Micha series by Jessica Sorensen
  • Ella Martinezcharacter in the Maximum Ride series
  • Ella Francischaracter in the Virals series by Kathy and Brendon Reichs
  • Ellacharacter in 'Ways to Live Forever' by Sally Nicholls
  • Ella Mossclothing brand
  • Ella's Kitchenbaby food company
  • Ella Quiere Cualtosong by Joswa in Da House
  • Ella Y Yosong by Don Omar featuring Romeo
  • Ellacontraceptive pill
  • Ella Lorena Kennedydaughter of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind
  • Ella Lopezcharacter on the TV series "Lucifer"
  • Ella Malikovacharacter in the "Illuminae Trilogy" by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Ella HerondaleWill Herondale's sister in the "Infernal Devices" by Cassandra Clare

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