Stella: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Stella
Origin of the name Stella:
A borrowing from the Latin, Stella is derived directly from stella (star). There is evidence that the name was used in England as far back as 1374, but it wasn't until the 16th century when Sir Philip Sidney used the name in his sonnets "Astrophel to Stella," that the name became commonly known. Stella is also used as a short form of Estelle.
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Popular usage: English
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My 4-year-old twin daughters are named Stella and Luna (meaning star and moon). I love both of their names! Like the story Stella Luna.
My friends named their little girl Stella (she's 6 months). It seemed old lady-ish at first (it hasn't really picked up in Australia yet), but now her beautiful, smiley face is what I think of when I hear the name.
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Ella, Elle, Ellie
Stella Moon/ Stella-Luna (story about a bat)
Stelly, Stellie, Stelli
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The name Stella derives from the Latin title of the Virgin Mary, "stella maris" meaning "star of the sea." The Spanish Estella, and thus the English and French Estelle, also derives from the Latin "stella" meaning "star."
This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'. It was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century.
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Stella Adler - American actress
Stella Parton - American singer; sister of Dolly Parton
Stella Hudgens - American actress; sister of Vanessa Hudgens
Stella Stevens - American actress
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Stella Luna is the name of a Childrens Story.
Stella Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947). There is an iconic line in which Stanley screams, "Stella!"
Titular character of the Elvis Costello song "Stella Hurt," based off of 30s jazz and blues singer Teddy Grace, real name Stella
"Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down" is a song by Interpol.
"Stella Blue" is a song by the famous band The Grateful Dead.
Stella is an ex-girlfriend (played by Sarah Chalke) of Ted on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."
"Stella" is a song off of All Time Low's album, Nothing Personal.
Stella is Joe's girlfriend in the tv show, Jonas.
Stella Guitar is a famous style Blues guitar
"Stella by Starlight" is a jazz standard written by Victor Young and featured in The Uninvited, a 1944 film released by Paramount Pictures. Originally played in the film as an instrumental theme song without lyrics, it was turned over to Ned Washington, who wrote the lyrics for it in 1946.
Stella Purdy, character in the 1963 film "The Nutty Professor"
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