Stella Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: STEH-lə (key)

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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Estela, Estelle

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Comments and insights on the name Stella

Popular usage: English
Stella is a very common girls name in Greece and I think it s quite common in Italy as well.

Personal experiences with the name Stella

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.

Friend has a little girl called Stella Mae and her twin is called Luna Rae.

My name is Stella, my Mothers name is Silvie wich also Comes from Latin: Silva: wood. Even though I always wanted to be names Sterre because ster is star in Dutch I love my name now and if I look back at baby photo’s en say my name so many times until it sounds like a name that is not mine but belongs to that little baby girl in the picture I find it a really cute name! There is a girl named Luna in my class and I just relised it’d be really cool if I was a triplet: Stella, Luna and Sol because than you have: Star, Moon and Sun. Also my mother used to call me Stellie and my cousin called me when I was younger Stella-Bella...

Stella is a character in so annoying cartoon Winx which is about fairies. She is a cool and selfish girl.

Nicknames for Stella

Stell, Stells
Ella, Elle, Ellie
Stella Moon/ Stella-Luna (story about a bat)
Stelly, Stellie, Stelli
Stella-Bella, Stella-Bell
Esty (ST)
Stellina (little stella or little star) Italian Lullaby Stella Stellina

Meanings and history of the name Stella

One Latin term for the Virgin Mary is "Stella Maris" meaning "star of the sea." The Spanish Estella, and thus the English and French Estelle, also derive from "stella" which is Latin for "star."

This name was used 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.

Famous real-life people named Stella

Stella Adler - American actress
Stella Parton - American singer; sister of Dolly Parton
Stella Hudgens - American actress; sister of Vanessa Hudgens
Stella Stevens - American actress
Stella McCartney - British fashion designer and daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney
Stella Doreen McDermott (b. 2008), daughter of American actress, television personality, socialite, and author Tori Spelling and Canadian-American actor Dean McDermott
Stella Monroe Hulse (b. 2008), daughter of American actress and model Gena Lee Nolin
Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery (b. 2009), daughter of American actress, director, and producer Ellen Pompeo
Stella Zavala Damon (b. 2010), daughter of American actor, film producer, philanthropist, and screenwriter Matt Damon
Stella Jean Saliman (b. 2010), daughter of American dancer and actress Bree Turner

Stella in song, story & screen

Stella Luna is the name of a Childrens Story.

Stella Kidd is the name of a firefighter on the NBC show “Chicago Fire.”

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 is the title of a poem by Victor Hugo.

"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"

Stella Dallas, character in the 1939 film "Stella Dallas", played by Barbara Stanwyk

Stella Gibson is a NSY Detective Superintendent in the BBC crime drama "The Fall" portrayed by Gillian Anderson

Stella is one of the fairies in cartoon Winx Club

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