Stela Name Meaning & Origin
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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The name "Stela" is a name from the Czech Republic and can be found on the Czech "Name Day Calendar." Many European countries have Name Day Calendars which is a calendar of the year, providing a different name for every day of the year, which will serve as the person's "second birthday." Name Days are celebrated just as fervently as actual birthdays and gifts are given, greetings ring out on the radio, and etc. It's nice to have Name Days, because you can never forget a friend's day! Because as long as you remember your friend's name, you will be able to greet that friend on his/her name day! You can find the name "Stela" as an official name on the Czech Republic's Name Day Calendar: http://www.myczechrepublic.com/czech_culture/czech_name_days/dimf.html
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