Gender: Female Origin of Della: Diminutive of Adela Meaning of Adela: German, "noble" Della's Popularity in 2019: #805

Della Origin and Meaning

The name Della is a girl's name .

One of the few ella names that's not on every other new mother's lips -- a definite plus.

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Rank in US: #805

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Famous People Named Della

Pop Culture References for the name Della

Delle, Dellah, Dellia, Dell, Delyah, Delya, Dellya


ceruleanstardust Says:


I think this issue would only arise in an Italian speaking country, and is lessened considering Della is a name in it's own right (ie arguably from Delphina or Adela etc) and not just a pretty word that someone's heard and decided to name their child.

Thank you for letting us know that it is an Italian word though; it's definitely something to take in to account imo.

ceruleanstardust Says:


The popularity of Belle Delphine and the controvercies surrounding her ruined Delphine/Delphina for me, but Della is a stunning alternative!

GenEric Says:


Della is a classy, sweet name. I was looking for a longer form or other names that begin with Del, but none, with the exception of Adela, really appeal to me. Seeing other comments though, it seems fine to use this name on its own.

Carolina Girl Says:


My name is Della. I was named for my great-grandmother and have always loved my name. I've only ever met one other person with my name but she didn't go by Della and have only heard of probably less than 10 people with the same name. It's not a nickname or short for anything, it is my given name. The best thing about it is how uncommon it is. When anyone who knows me hears my name they know the person being spoken of is me because it's so rare that most people who know a Della only know one. My sons are fighting over the name for a future daughter so I guess whomever has a daughter first gets it. As an American name it means bright and as a German name it means Noble. Can't beat bright and noble right?

SaccaraBird Says:


Everyone complaining this is a preposition in Italian...seriously, so what? You can take pretty much any set of syllables and chances are, they will mean something weird in a different language. The English name "Kay", sounds similar to the Spanish word for "what". Doesn't mean we stop using it. And this "Della" is *not* taken from the Italian. It is taken from the name Adele/Adela, which means "noble" in German.

As long as you aren't living in an Italian speaking country, then this is really a non-issue.

Sim flower Says:


Lovely name

katinka Says:


I knew a lovely old lady with this name when I was a child and I've always thought it's beautiful. Very uncommon but not weird, and it's got a soft feminine sound but some real strength to it as well.

And so what if it happens to be a preposition in Italian as well? That's not the origin of it as a name and there are plenty of names which mean something in a foreign language - see the trials and tribulations of Pippa! "From the" is hardly an offensive meaning!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Della is lovely. I personally love it as a nickname for Delphine.

Daiseymae Says:


I love the name Dessa. I had two cousins by that name.

Toronto87 Says:


I want to name a first daughter Delphine and use Della as a nickname.

indiefendi2 Says:


everyone wants to name their kid something "Italian" "French" or "Spanish" because it's "pretty" until they find out they named their child "table" or "eyeglasses" (which by no coincidence are in this database)

Yara Says:


So what? It still makes a pretty name. I don't think that a child named this would have that many problems living in an Anglophonic country.

Eleri Gwenllian Says:


Della puts me in mind of the lovely, strong and efficient Della Street as played by Barbara Hale. It's uncommon and beautiful. It can also be arrived at by pairing something like this Delphine Lavinia or Adele Laura or Dorothy Eleanor

indiefendi2 Says:


This literally means "from" or "about" in Italian. This is a PREPOSITION.

fromtheocean12 Says:


I know a girl with a super common first name (Lauren) and Della is part of her last name so she goes by Della. I think it's a really cute name, but better suited as a nickname.

AngieMif Says:


We call our daughter Adeline "Della" as her NN. This came about because her great grandma has a thick Maltese accent & would call her "Della-line". We thought it was so endearing that the name stuck. I also saw Age of Adaline & noticed Blake Lively's character was called Della, too. So yes, we use it and I think it's a great alternative to the more common "Addie" :)

ChantilleElla Says:


Definitely. In the film Age of Adaline, Blake Lively's character Adaline introduces herself as Della :)

ChantilleElla Says:


Heard this in Age of Adaline and loved it. I'm trying to think of a name I can use to get to this nickname that isn't Adaline or Adele, but then Della is such a perfect name all on it's own!

Ariana157 Says:


I wonder if this could be used as a nickname for Adeline ?

Desaleigh2773 Says:


My name is Dessa, and we named our first daughter Della. I love it, but probably mostly because it's like mine.

SoDallas3 Says:


I really love Della, she feels like a well-dressed Victorian woman on a blustery beach in the sun carrying a parasol. I think I'd only use it as a nickname though.

SimoneKadele Says:


Love this. :D

libbyofMN Says:


I think this is a great (never used) Christmas name. See Gift of the Magi.

Saffron_Rice Says:


Very pretty - light and airy. with a tremendous role model in the fictional Della Street.

Guest Says:


this is an Italian preposition.

KatieElle Says:


Spunky and cool. Would love to meet a little Della! My brother thought it was too reminiscent of Delaware, but we're in Canada. I don't see that as too much of a problem.