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Marcella is a common name in Italian-speaking cultures, and while it was quite popular in the United States for over a century, it's fallen out of favor a bit. However, we can easily see it making a comeback as a “grandma name.” Marcella comes with plenty of cute nicknames, and we like the way it sounds with one-syllable middle names, like Rose, Grace, Sage, and Snow. It also has a strong meaning that new parents may find symbolic for their baby girls.

Meaning of the name Marcella:

Latin: Warlike
Italian: Warlike

Origin of the name Marcella:

Marcella is thought to be a feminine version of Marcellus or Marcello, all of which are derived from the name Mars. Mars was the god of war in Ancient Rome, so Marcella is thought to mean “warlike.”

Symbolism of the name Marcella:

Because of its meaning, many new parents may see Marcella as a name that symbolizes strength and the spirit of a warrior.

Style of the name Marcella:

Traditional

Gender of the name Marcella:

Marcella is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Marcella:

mar-SELL-ah

Number of syllables in the name Marcella:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Marcella:

The baby name Marcelle evokes images of someone who is smart, witty, and a hard worker.

Alternative spellings for the name Marcella:

  • Marcela
  • Marsela
  • Marsella

Nicknames for the name Marcella:

Popularity of the name Marcella:

According to the Social Security Administration, Marcella was a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States up until about 2002. It was most popular in 1922 when it ranked at number 155. It last ranked at number 966 in 2002.

Related names for the name Marcella:

  • Marcia
  • Marcelnia
  • Marcelle
  • Marcy 
  • Marshella

Great middle names for Marcella and their meanings:

  • Rose (flower)
  • Sage (wise)
  • Evie (life)
  • Pearl (smooth round bead)
  • Grace (God's grace)
  • Ruth (compassionate friend)
  • Kate (pure)
  • Fay (fairy)
  • Mae (pearl)

Famous people with the name Marcella:

Marcella in popular culture:

  • Marcella Boyce (character in the book “Marcella” by Ms. Humphry Ward)
  • Marcella Backland (character on the TV show “Marcella”)
  • Marcella Monroe (character in the video game “Sims 3: Moonlight Bay”)