Zella Name Meaning & Origin

Zella

Pronunciation: ZEHL-ə (key)

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Popular name at the end of the 19th early 20th century, during the peak of Slavic migration to the U.S.

1888 was the height of it's U.S. popularity, ranking #220 with 111 people (0.06% of the population). The greatest number of people were given this name in 1917, when 298 people in the U.S. were given the name Zella. This ranked it #365 (0.03% of the population.)
By 1950, it was represented in less than .01% of the population. 2013 it was ranked #2743 and in 2015 #1991

Zella is an oasis in southwest Libya, and is the site of an ancient Berber castle.
The Battle of Zela was a battle fought in 47 BC between Julius Caesar and Pharnaces II of The Kingdom of Pontus.
Zella, Texas was named for Zella Bland, the daughter of Col. Howard Bland, one of the town's developers, in 1912. It turned into a ghost town after the drought in 1917.

In Jamaica, "Zella" is another name for nine-night, which is the celebration that takes place on the nineth night after a person's death. It may be a derivative of 'zeli', the word for drum in Ewe, one of the Kwa languages of Ghana. Dinki-minki, Garreh, and Zella are traditional types of wake with long histories which involves a folk song and dance.

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I had an uncle (born in the 1920s) named Zella. My mother's name, Zella's younger sister, is Myzelle. I'm not sure why two of the seven children had "zell" in their names.
Zella was my great-great grandmothers first name. It was also my great granmothers middle name and is my great aunts and my middle name.
I love the name and think its beautiful.
Zella was my great grandmother's name and also is my name. I certainly think that my name is creative, fun, lovely, and all sorts of good things.
-BabyZella

Nicknames for Zella: | Edit

Z, Zee, Zella Bella, Bella Zella, Zell Bell, Zell, Ella, Ellie, Elle

Meanings and history of the name Zella: | Edit

Diminutive of the name Zala (archaic versions of Slavic languages) means "beautiful girl".

African-Bobangi roots, its meaning is "lacking nothing, one who knows the path."

Diminutive of Xela (Quiche, a Mayan Language of Guatemala) meaning "My mountain home."
Diminutive of Zilla (Arabic) meaning Dark or Shadow
Diminutive of Griselda (Germanic) meaning "grey battle."
Diminutive of Marcella (Latin) meaning "warlike, martial, and strong."
Feminine form of Selig (Yiddish) meaning "Blessed" or "Happy."

Famous real-life people named Zella: | Edit

Zella Day: Singer, songwriter
Zella Jackson-Price: American Gospel Singer and entertainer. Separated from her daughter at birth, having been told the infant had died. Reunited 49 years later in 2015. After hearing her story, dozens of women have come forward with similar stories, all having given birth at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis. There is suspicion that the infants were being sold illegally.

Zella in song, story & screen: | Edit

Zella Lehr, an American singer and entertainer
Zella Russell, a well known vaudevillian star from about 1912 to the late 1940s on the Columbia circuit.
SGT. Zella Irene (Stade) Clark 1920 - 2014 served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in wartime Britain, teacher and mother of 6

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