Ella Name Meaning

An endearing sister to Emma and Bella, Ella is a delicate name with worldwide appeal. Her use has risen and fallen throughout history, with her resurgence in the Victorian era spreading like wildfire across English-speaking countries where she remains a beloved treasure today. She can also be found in German, coming from the root ali- meaning “other” while in modern Hebrew she means “goddess.” Fitting, seeing that every little girl is a goddess in her own way.

Ella has a gentle sound and pixie size, much like the little ones she’s given to. She has the subtle nickname of Elle or the adorable Ellie but also the option of none at all should you choose. She’s short and breezy with an unspoken it factor – the perfect name for a surfer girl or a Hollywood star. She isn’t frilly and frufru but is undeniably feminine, a chicer version of the grand Arabella and Isabella. She also manages to sound both vintage and new, fitting in well with similar feeling names Amelia and Olivia.

In addition to standing on her own, Ella can be a diminutive of longer El- names like Eleanor and Elizabeth if you’re looking for something with a little more oomph behind it.

Infographic of Ella name meaning, which is Ella comes from the root ali- meaning other in German or goddess in Hebrew and is also a diminutive of Eleanor and variant form of Helen.
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Ella Name Popularity

How popular is the name Ella? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Ella was the 15th most popular girls name, representing 0.5863% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Ella has been the 140th most popular girls name, representing 0.1712% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 62 1,565 0.4445%
1911 63 1,579 0.424%
1912 69 1,910 0.3787%
1913 70 2,052 0.3619%
1914 72 2,289 0.3285%
1915 75 2,948 0.3245%
1916 81 2,962 0.3066%
1917 83 3,040 0.3039%
1918 84 3,279 0.3055%
1919 87 3,148 0.3006%
1920 88 3,220 0.2896%
1921 89 3,229 0.282%
1922 90 3,135 0.2814%
1923 93 2,975 0.2656%
1924 93 3,045 0.2622%
1925 93 2,998 0.2652%
1926 98 2,829 0.2572%
1927 97 2,826 0.2553%
1928 100 2,659 0.2485%
1929 102 2,460 0.2375%
1930 107 2,387 0.2285%
1931 110 2,141 0.2169%
1932 107 2,241 0.2268%
1933 113 2,015 0.2163%
1934 113 2,039 0.2109%
1935 122 1,878 0.1933%
1936 127 1,812 0.1881%
1937 134 1,722 0.1748%
1938 141 1,704 0.1665%
1939 132 1,803 0.1773%
1940 146 1,647 0.155%
1941 141 1,672 0.1486%
1942 152 1,637 0.1296%
1943 155 1,631 0.1249%
1944 158 1,537 0.124%
1945 160 1,439 0.118%
1946 177 1,468 0.0995%
1947 177 1,605 0.0962%
1948 178 1,525 0.0955%
1949 177 1,527 0.0949%
1950 198 1,351 0.0839%
1951 206 1,317 0.0777%
1952 222 1,216 0.0697%
1953 239 1,113 0.0629%
1954 247 1,050 0.0574%
1955 245 1,085 0.059%
1956 277 951 0.0504%
1957 290 934 0.0485%
1958 325 789 0.0417%
1959 314 831 0.0437%
1960 354 705 0.0372%
1961 358 675 0.0358%
1962 374 588 0.032%
1963 393 556 0.031%
1964 411 521 0.0296%
1965 427 434 0.0265%
1966 451 394 0.0252%
1967 481 347 0.0229%
1968 534 275 0.0183%
1969 540 287 0.0186%
1970 564 273 0.0172%
1971 623 221 0.0147%
1972 672 170 0.0125%
1973 662 178 0.0137%
1974 696 158 0.0122%
1975 779 130 0.0101%
1976 803 123 0.0095%
1977 932 97 0.0072%
1978 848 119 0.0089%
1979 858 124 0.0088%
1980 807 145 0.0099%
1981 859 128 0.0087%
1982 849 128 0.0086%
1983 1,056 79 0.0054%
1984 1,048 86 0.0058%
1985 1,033 92 0.0061%
1986 1,216 65 0.0043%
1987 1,228 65 0.0043%
1988 910 137 0.0088%
1989 1,150 94 0.0058%
1990 864 178 0.0107%
1991 903 168 0.0103%
1992 881 179 0.0112%
1993 802 201 0.0129%
1994 685 258 0.0168%
1995 705 249 0.0165%
1996 605 334 0.0223%
1997 498 453 0.0306%
1998 406 635 0.0424%
1999 376 734 0.049%
2000 264 1,201 0.0786%
2001 191 1,702 0.113%
2002 89 3,556 0.2373%
2003 44 5,898 0.3877%
2004 29 8,237 0.5404%
2005 23 9,062 0.5927%
2006 21 9,206 0.5879%
2007 21 9,544 0.6049%
2008 19 9,349 0.6049%
2009 15 9,650 0.6456%
2010 13 9,872 0.685%
2011 12 9,586 0.6728%
2012 12 9,198 0.6455%
2013 15 8,444 0.5931%
2014 17 8,547 0.5866%
2015 18 7,896 0.5427%
2016 17 7,898 0.5478%
2017 16 8,014 0.5742%
2018 15 8,055 0.5863%

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Names Like Ella

If you like Ella, you’ll love these other names like Ella.


What names are diminutives of Ella?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Ella sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Ella, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Elle

She

French

#363 (0.057%)  
Ellee

Other, foreign; sun ray, shining light

Greek

#2,484 (0.0011%)  
Elli

Noble, exalted; sun ray, shining light; other, foreign

Greek

#2,277 (0.0015%)  
Ellie

Shortened form of El- names

English

#37 (0.3778%)  
Elly

Sun ray, shining light; other, foreign

Greek

#1,539 (0.0046%)  

What names are variants of Ella?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Ella.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ela

Tree; other, foreign

Hebrew

#1,241 (0.0077%)  
Elladine

Sun ray, shining light; other, foreign

Greek

Ellesse

Other, foreign

German

Elletta

Footloose; other, foreign

Greek

Ellette

Footloose; other, foreign; sun ray, shining light

Greek

Ellia

Other, foreign

German

#1,596 (0.0043%)  
Ellina

Other, foreign

German

#3,466 (0.0004%)  

What names sound like Ella?

If you like how Ella sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Ella.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bella

Beautiful one

Italian

#48 (0.3282%)  
Eila

Tree

Hebrew

#1,959 (0.0023%)  
Elia

God has answered

Hebrew

#1,018 (0.012%)  
Etta

A diminutive form of Henrietta, “mistress of the home.”

Italian

#897 (0.0159%)  
Eula

Well-spoken; wealthy; gem of the sea; sacred red

Scandinavian

Illa

Tree

Hebrew

Luella

A variant form of Louella.

English

#898 (0.0159%)  
Olla

Ancestor's relic

Scandinavian

Rella

German

Stella

Celestial star

Latin

#38 (0.3727%)  
Ulla

Will, determination

Scandinavian


What names are similar to Ella?

Find a name that’s like Ella, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abby

Father of exaltation

Hebrew

#453 (0.0455%)  
Ava

To live

Latin

#3 (1.0863%)  
Claire

Clear and bright

French

#49 (0.3187%)  
Daisy

Daisy flower

English

#168 (0.1218%)  
Emma

Whole or universal

German

#1 (1.3602%)  
Harper

Harp Player

English

#9 (0.7702%)  
Jessa

He sees

Hebrew

#1,017 (0.0121%)  
Leah

Weary one

Hebrew

#41 (0.3629%)  
Luna

The moon

Latin

#23 (0.502%)  
Olivia

Olive tree

Latin

#2 (1.3044%)  

Lists With Ella

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Siblings of Ella

Mamas with kids named Ella also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lumen

Measure of Light

Latin

10 Comments

  1. We chose Ella because one of its meaning is light and we consider our baby to be a light as we start our family. Also, I have Ella my name as well so that connects me to our baby.

  2. I like that when I named my Daughter Ella it was so far down on the most popular list (605). Her name has been passed down my Grandmother was named after her Grandmother Ella. It always feels like this is a name for a dainty proper ladylike girl. I have to say all 3 of these Ella’s are known to be fierce strong (stubborn) minded
    loving women.

  3. My boyfriend and I were trying to pick a name and I threw out 2 names before we chose on the third, perfect name… Ella, and her dad said and her middle name is Love.. Ella Love, and that was that. ??

  4. Simple elegant name that is suitable for all ages as she grows

  5. Traditional, yet unique!

  6. It was my husband’s great grandmother’s name

  7. I’m named after my grandmother

  8. We chose the name because Ella is my boyfriends grandmothers name.
    I like that it’s simple yet not really common. What I don’t like about this name is that it’s starting to become common.

  9. Ella is a family name. We usually call her Ella June (June is my husband’s favorite name.) Ella means “beautiful” and June means “complete.” When I was pregnant with her my husband and I were seeing significant improvement in our marriage after a lot of hard work. I thought of the verse from Ecclesiastes “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” She was the perfect gift to us, beauty after a season of struggle.

  10. I’ve always loved the name Ella. We call her El? I love that how it’s very feminine (we paired it with Michael as her middle name,which is my fathers name) it was my grandmothers grandmothers first name which is special in our family.


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