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Ella is a girl’s baby name of German and English origin. With a meaning like “fairy maiden”, the name has a magical feel that would be great for any little girl.

Meaning of the name Ella:

German & English: completely, fairy maiden

Origin of the name Ella:

Ella is a Germanic-English baby name meaning “completely” or “fairy maiden”. Ella has been used as a diminutive for names such as Eleanor and Ellen and some names ending in -ella, such as Isabella. The name may also be related to the Hebrew word “alia” meaning “pistachio tree” though this is unconfirmed.

Symbolism of the name Ella:

Fairies are creatures of myth that are mischievous and magical. In England, fairies were treated with great respect so as not to anger them.

Baby name Ella

Style of the name Ella:

traditional

Gender of the name Ella:

Ella is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Ella:

EHL-ə (English), EHL-lah (German)

Number of syllables in the name Ella:

two

Emotion evoked from the name Ella:

Ella evokes feelings of happiness and joy.

Alternative spellings for the name Ella:

Ela, Ellah

Nicknames for the name Ella:

Popularity of the name Ella:

According to the Social Security Administration, Ella has been a top choice for girls since 2002 when it entered the top 100 baby names.

Related names for the name Ella:

Great middle names for the name Ella and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Ella:

  • Ella Jane Fitzgerald (American jazz singer)
  • Ella Josephine Baker (American civil rights leader)
  • Ella Eyre (British singer)
  • Ella Purnell (American actress)
  • Ella Jenkins (American folk singer)

Ellas in popular culture:

  • Ella of Frellmain (literature/film, “Ella Enchanted”)
  • Ella Montgomery (television, “Pretty Little Liars”)
  • Ella the Elephant (television, “Ella the Elephant”)
  • Ella Lorena Kennedy (film, “Gone With the Wind”)
  • Ella Herondale (literature, “Infernal Devices” by Cassandra Clare)