Gender: Female Meaning of Stella: "star" Origin of Stella: Latin Stella's Popularity in 2019: #39

Stella Origin and Meaning

The name Stella is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "star".

Stella was derived from stella, the Latin word for “star.” It was coined by Sir Philip Sidney in 1590 for the protagonist of his poem collection Astrophel and Stella. The title literally means “the star lover and his star,” but unlike Stella, Astrophel did not catch on as a given name.

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 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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Rank in US: #39

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Famous People Named Stella

Pop Culture References for the name Stella

Estelle, Estella, Stela, Steile, Estretla, Stelle, Stellina


TechnoKitten Says:


agreed,just an opinion

Sapphire Says:


This name is adorable!! I absolutely adore it this is my duaghters name and I don’t care how popular it is because it’s so CUTE!

janefeb20 Says:


I recently helped at a school event and on the list there was a girl named Stella Mae

Ruanne Says:


Love it. It's a bit too popular, however. Estelle is a good variant.

Ruanne Says:


I'd chill with that lady. Bet she has some stories. :)

It is an old lady name, but like many old lady names it's coming out of retirement.

stellarvra99 Says:


It's my name and I LOVE IT. It's very uncommon in Spain and pretty international... I simply love it.

emilyshurmer Says:


I love the meaning but... sorry to do this.... just makes me think of Stella Artois, the cheap lager :(

bordercollie Says:


Stella is definitely cute, but trendy and not very mature. Estella sounds far more grown up to me. Plus, I think the whole "STELLAAAAAAAAA" thing might get annoying. Still, what a beautiful meaning.

paulapuddephatt Says:


The Stella Artois association is too much for me.

nameexplorer Says:


I absolutely love this name, but I can't break the beer association. Argh...

hermioneameliastyles Says:


So pretty, a character on JONAS or JONAS LA named Stella Malone had this name and it was so fitting for the character.

Val Martin Says:


Actually the only two Stella's I know, live in the UK!! Both are classic beauties!

Val Martin Says:


I have only known two Stella's in my lifetime and both were beauties. The first was a little girl of 7 years old who had the most beautiful, perfect little face and a gentle nature...a real little stunner. The other was a lady in her forties who was extremely elegant and classy. When I see this name I think of them. Beautiful name for beautiful people.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Lol you know when you meet someone that person is all you can think of when you hear their name? Its either a positive or a negative association. To me, its a clunky-ish old lady name, since it is the name of an elderly person I know. I prefer (I'm sorry) Annabella, Estella, Estrella, Isabella and all the other -ella names xD

Niamh98 Says:


I had a imaginary friend when I was a toddler called Stella and she lived in a pink house.

roseofjune Says:


This always sounds trailer-trashy to me. I just picture a dumpy middle-aged woman with blue eyeshadow and a tired beehive hair-do in pink slippers and faded sweatpants smoking a cigarette in a neon blue beach chair in front of her dingy trailer. Is that too harsh of me to say?

Floris Says:


Same.... It just reminds me of beer. I wouldn't want my child to share her name with a beer that's also called wife beater beer. This name may work in the US, but certainly not in the UK or Ireland.

TaylorMRC Says:


I actually used to hate this name. I recently started to look further into this name and now I absolutely love it!

claracooks Says:


I love this name! This is great! So excited!

thenameprincess Says:


I love this name so much but its way too popular for me

lesliemarion Says:


I liked it earlier, but it has gotten stale fast in my opinion.

Jo Jo Says:


This name is downright pretty, and while it's become more popular in recent years, I wouldn't call it trendy.

I have a great-aunt Stella, so the name will always be classic to me.

Zelliew Says:


Don't feel bad because you didn't call a person a name. You gave your subjective opinion of a name.

DCowan Says:


I really don't like this name... to each his own, it just sounds trashy to me.

Zelliew Says:


I don't think we should have to be so politically correct that we must pretend to have a positive reaction to every name on Nameberry. After all, they have presented Banana as a name. Has anyone ever really used Banana as a name ? - I strongly doubt it. Let me say, loud and clear that I find Banana a ridiculous name ( as the majority probably would ) To appease everyone, should I say I like the colour yellow or that bananas are my favourite fruit. ( because I'm not keen on yellow & I like pears more than bananas )

Zelliew Says:


I'm agree with you there. We all have different reactions to certain names. You may love, hate, cringe or be bored by a name. So what ! If I comment negatively about a name it is simply the way I feel. I'm not saying anyone with the name is inferior in any way. I am giving my personal opinion of the name. Some people are over the top in reacting to a negative comment when they would probably never use it anyway. I'm not going to pretend to like names that don't appeal to me but some posters seem to want this.

ashbee Says:


Gillian Anderson in The Fall plays a detective named Stella and I think it suits her well.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Oh wow. Someone had to didn't they?

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I love this name, I picture a sweet little blonde girl with blue eyes. I also LOVE the meaning. So pretty, yet simple.

Guest Says:


I don't think there's any need for an apology. Speak your mind! :)

Guest Says:


The last time I checked "in the real world" we are allowed to express our opinions, good or bad. This comment is laughable. I personally am in love with the name Stella, but if I wasn't I would like to believe I could express my opinion freely.

TaliaCat Says:


Let me just apologize to everyone or anyone whom I might have offended with my comment on this name, or any other name on here where I might have made negative comments. I have made more positive comments than negative ones on names here, but I guess I misunderstood the purpose of commenting on names. I thought we were meant to give our opinions, bad or good, but I now realize that---by making negative comments---I've come across as snarky and I've been offensive (below). That is the last thing I would ever want to be, and I do know that's not how it works in the real world. I sincerely apologize to Stump Girl and anyone else I might have offended. I know everyone has different opinions on names, and not everyone likes the same name, and it's a good thing, or we'd all be named the same thing! ;)
For some reason, I'm odd in that I have images that come to mind with certain names, and Stella is one of them... Anyway, again I'm sorry to Stump Girl and anyone else I might have upset on here.

TaliaCat Says:


So sorry, I didn't see that I had already commented on this name. Thanks for pointing it out. I deleted it :)

TaliaCat Says:


I thought the point of commenting was to give our opinions on names, both good and bad. I'm not sure where I was snarky. But I think I have more positive opinions here than negative ones. So very, very sorry to have offended you!! :)

trottietrue Says:


I really don't like this name personally. Obviously I understand others do and it's a matter of taste but for me it sounds quite brash. It seems to be quite popular amongst celebrities and online but I just think there are much nicer names out there.

Stump Girl Says:


Yes, you said that already.

TaliaCat Says:


This will always be a fat old lady name to me.

headintheclouds Says:


Pretty name, vintage yet modern and a fresher alternative to Isabella/other -ella names. It's super super popular within my circle of friends and family. I know so many girls named Stella who are my age, and two little Stellas born in this recent year.

Leah3456 Says:


I like the way the name sounds. This name is delicate with a touch of vintage charm.

amberdaydream Says:


Nobody's done it yet? My time to shine. *clears throat* STELLLAAAAHHHH!!!!

Anyway, I'm glad this name is in the top 100. I think it deserves to be, it's lovely.

jordalini Says:


I really saying this name, my only issue with it is i think this is a name that would not fit on an adult.

Nicole4383 Says:


One of my grandmother's names was Stella and I never really thought much of it until recently. It's really starting to grow on my now, however, I think it may be getting a little too popular to consider using it.

mabespark Says:


This name sounds fresh compared to Bella, Isabella, etc... I'm really starting to like it.

emsky Says:


I think Stella is a gorgeous name. If I didn't already use it on my cat, she'd be at the top of my list!

Mia42 Says:


Stella is very pretty and I am starting to like this name the more I say it!

AnonymousPerson Says:


I don't like this name at all. Estrella is much prettier, as is Luna.

Guest Says:


This comment is a tad uncalled for.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Stella has really grown on me. I used to hate it, but now I'm in love! I syill don't get all the hype about Luna, though.

strawberrygirl21 Says:


I'm in love with this name! I think its short, sweet, and cute!