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Gender: Female Meaning of Stella: "star" Origin of Stella: Latin Stella's Popularity in 2017: #42

The name Stella is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "star". Stella is ranked #42 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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 already near the top of the charts but could rise even higher in coming years.

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. Estella and Estrella are other possibilities.

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Famous People Named Stella

Stella Adler, American actress and acting teacher
Stella Dorothea Gibbons, English actress
Stella Stevens (born Estelle Caro Eggleston), American actress
Stella Nina McCartney, English fashion designer, daughter of musician Paul McCartney
Stella Mae Parton, American singer-songwriter, sister of singer Dolly Parton
Stella Hudgens, American actress, sister of actress Vanessa Hudgens
Stella Huang, (born Stella Ng), Singaporean pop singer
Stella Gonet, Scottish actress
Stella Maessen, Dutch singer
Stella Obasanjo, First Lady of Nigeria
Stella Soleil, American pop singer
Stella Tennant, English model
Stella Vander, French singer
Stella Cornelia, Indonesian singer
Stella Keitel (b. 1985), daughter of actors Harvey Keitel and Lorraine Bracco
Stella Breeze Baker (b. 1993), daughter of actors Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg
Stella del Carmen Banderas (b. 1996), daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas
Stella Ritter (b. 1998), daughter of actors John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck
Stella Irene August Aykroyd (b. 1998), daughter of actors Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon
Stella Busina Matthews (b. 2001), daughter of musician Dave Matthews; twin sister Grace Anne
Stella Street (b. 2001), daughter of actress Elisabeth Shue
Stella Gregg (b. 2001), daughter of actors Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey
Stella Huston (b. 2003), daughter of director Danny Huston; niece of actress Anjelica Huston
Stella Shannon Chesnut (b. 2003), daughter of actress Molly Shannon and artist Fritz Chesnut
Stella Mae Vincent (b. 2004), daughter of actress Peri Gilpin and artist Christian Vincent; twin of sister Ava Pearl Vincent
Stella Klim (b. 2006), daughter of swimmer Michael Klim
Stella Rose Elizabeth Schweain (b. 2007), daughter of singer Kristin Swinford of ZOEGirl and Ryan Schweain
Stella Monroe Hulse (b. 2008), daughter of actress Gena Lee Nolin and ice hockey player Cale Hulse
Stella Doreen McDermott (b. 2009), daughter of actors Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
Stella Ruby Urich (b. 2009), daughter of TV host Kari Byron and Paul Urich
Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery (b. 2009), daughter of actress Ellen Pompeo
Stella Jean Saliman (b. 2010), daughter of actress Bree Turner and Justin Saliman
Stella Zavala Damon (b. 2010), daughter of actor Matt Damon
Stella Haven Walsh (b. 2011), daughter of actor Dylan Walsh
Stella Alzner (b. 2014), daughter of ice hockey player Karl Alzner
Stella June Coleman (b. 2014), daughter of singer Holly Williams and Chris Coleman; granddaughter of singer Hank Williams, Jr.
-Stella Star (b. 2017), daughter of American reality television star Briana DeJesus

Pop Culture References for the name Stella

Stella Abbott on short-lived CW tv show "Life Sentence", staring Lucy Hale
Stella Kowalski, character in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Stella Maynard, character in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, character on TV's "The Fall," played by Gillian Anderson
Stella, the nurse in "Rear Window", played by Thelma Ritter
Stella Bonasera, character on TV's "CSI: NY"
Stella Malone, character on TV's "Jonas"
Stella Yamada, character in Disney Channel movie "Lemonade Mouth"
Stella Zinman, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Stella, character on animated series "Hey Arnold"
Stella, character on animated series "Winx Club"
"Stella," pseudonym of Celinda Toobad in Thomas Love Peacock's "Nightmare Abbey" (1818)
Stella, Naylithian character in video game "Aveyond RPG"
Stella Benicia, character in the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
Stella DuBois, character in the book Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards
Stella, character in "The Darkness" by Justine Avery
Stella Artois, a brand of beer
Stella Doro, brand of packaged cookies
Stella, Pearl's dead mother from the novel 'The Year of The Rat'
Stella Carlin, character on 'Orange Is the New Black'
Stella Nickleby, baby on TV's Mistresses
Stella, lead character in the cartoon "Stella and Sam"
Stella Samuel, the protagonist of the teen novel 'The Heartbreakers' by Ali Novak
Stella, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
"Stellaluna," children's book by Janell Cannon about the titular fruit bat
"Stella and Sam," children's book by Marie Louise Gay and TV series
"Stella," song by All Time Low
"Bella Stella," song by Highland
"Stella Blue," song by the Grateful Dead
"Stella," song by Ida Maria

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