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Gender: Female Meaning of Ella: "all, completely; fairy maiden" Origin of Ella: German; English Ella's Popularity in 2017: #16

The name Ella is a girl's name of German, English origin meaning "all, completely; fairy maiden". Ella is ranked #16 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplet Game-GIRLS".

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Following in the path of Emma and Isabella/Bella, Ella shot up the charts in the new millennium: it rose from Number 265 in 2000 to a high of Number 15 in 2013 and has stayed just outside the US Top 10, making it one of the most popular a href="">girl names starting with E, which includes Number 1 Emma, longtime favorites Emily and Elizabeth, and trendy short forms Ellie and Evie.

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.

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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 Lorde, New Zealand singer
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 Astvatsatryna, Armenian rhythmic gymnast
Ella Hiller, American actress
Ella Dane Morgan, 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 Polischeck, American model & actress
Ella Grayce Resnick, American actress
Ella Joyce (born Cherron Hoye), American actress
Ella Watts-Gorman, American actress
Ella Hooper, Australian singer
Ella Copple Masar McLeod, American-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
Ella-Blu 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
Ella-Loren 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.

Pop Culture References for the name Ella

Ella of Frell, main character in Gail Carson Levine's "Ella Enchanted"
Ella Minnow Pea, main character in Mark Dunn’s “Ella Minnow Pea”
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
Ella Lopez, character on the TV series "Lucifer"
Ella Malikova, character in the "Illuminae Trilogy" by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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indiefendi2 Says:


Nothing wrong with this name... it’s just awkward when speaking Spanish and you have to say “she” (ella) about a person named Ella.

Ella Says:


My name is Ella and my middle name is Joy.

Ella Says:


When I was born this was 413 and now it's 17.Thats the only thing I don't like about it.

Liz Kent Says:


Love this name, suits both sweet and boisterous personalities!

perdireinz Says:


When hearing this name I automatically think of the word "ela" which means "she" in Portuguese.

Myanover Says:


Love the name a lot if I had six girls I would name them Mara, Paige, Felicity, Joy, Ella,Ria very pretty name!!!😁

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name, so sweet

Introverted Says:


My name is Ella and I love it, but I don't like the popularity of it. When I was born it wasn't popular at all, and now it is, and I really wish it weren't.

shannonkay Says:


I've always loved this name because it is Cinderella's real name.

Kazuto Kirigaya Says:


That's wonderful, I also have the three short names combined with Ella

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I love Ella, it's so classy!

HDFK Says:


Definitely one of my favorites at the moment. Grew up loving it, and somehow still do! (My taste often changes..) Love Emma too, but not its popularity. So Ella may just be a winner.

HDFK Says:


I'm with ya!

vintageisfave Says:


Simple, plain, and pretty, like Jane. Unfortunately, 4 out of the 5 Ella's I know are not as nice as their name.

georgiaO Says:


It sounds so graceful and soft! My little niece's name is Eleanor Rose but we call her Ella, and her baby sister's name is Lily Grace. Too cute!

athenamay24 Says:


This is my all time favorite name! My great grandmother's name was Agnes Luella, but everyone called her Ella. I think it would make a great beginning for a double name too, or as a nickname.

MegE Says:


Love this name!It sounds elegant & beautiful.❤

kpearl8 Says:


Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books, so I have a soft spot for this one :)

flora_kate Says:


I love how Ella sounds sweet, simple, smart and strong all at the same time! Definitely not popular in my area; I would use it in a heartbeat!

Caroline Says:


I have a niece named Ella, very cute!

jojobabyberry Says:


I hate the way it sounds for some reason.

eveyalecia Says:


I really like this name, but always thought it sounded incomplete on its own. I always liked it better as a nickname for Eleanor of Daniella or something like that.

But, recently I paired it with a double middle name and fell in love! Ella Glory Lynn has moved to the top of my list! I love the three short names in a row. <3

onlythingbetterthanhairspray Says:


I was never aware that this was a popular name. I've only ever known one person named Ella, and the name suits her beautifully

unicornluvgirl Says:


I used to really like this name, then it kind of faded. But recently, I've started to start liking it a lot again. Maybe because of Lorde!

senseandsensibility Says:


Lovely name, tho sounds (just a bit!) plain to me. Short, sweet and easy to pronounce.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I swear I hear this so much more than a name ranked at #15 should be heard. Is it just me, or does this sound incomplete to anyone else? My mom says it might be because I grew up with a little sister named Eliana...

raevynstar Says:


Good if you want a popular name that's not overly trendy (like Kayleigh or something).