The name Ella is a girl's name of German, English origin meaning "all, completely; fairy maiden". Ella is ranked #15 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory 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="https://nameberry.com/search/girls_names/E">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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