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Quick Facts on Ella

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, German, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 15
Simple meaning:
All; Other, foreign; She/her

Characteristics of Ella

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ella

There are three potential etymologies for the name Ella. The first originated with an Old High German female name, Alia, either from the Germanic element “al” meaning “all” or from the Germanic element “ali” meaning “other, foreign” (or Olde English “elles” meaning “otherwise, else”). Secondly, Ella is often considered a pet form of Eleanor or Elizabeth (or any female name beginning with an “El-“ prefix). Lastly, Ella is a common diminutive word-forming element from the Latin/Spanish “-ella” meaning “she/her”. The name Ella has been used among English speakers since the 12th century. This simple, pretty moniker is currently very fashionable throughout the Western World. It’s a Top 10 favorite baby girl’s name in Sweden and Canada. It’s a Top 20 choice in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Australia, Norway, England and the United States. Ella is also quite popular in Scotland and Denmark. “She” is liked by “all”!

Popularity of the Name Ella

In the United States the “-ella” names are all the rage. And Ella is no exception along with her kindred spirits (Isabella, Bella, Gabriella, Stella, and the like). In the year 1890, Ella was the 23rd most popular name for baby girls, but it slowly lost ground as we turned into the 20th century. During the mid-1980s, the name Ella actually disappeared from America’s Top 1000 list altogether. Her hiatus from usage would be short, however. Returning to the charts in 1990, Ella’s revival was fast and furious. By 2005 she was a Top 25 favorite nationwide and today she’s inching close to the Top 10. Watch out Isabella; you’ve got some competition!
Popularity of the Girl Name Ella
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ella

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ella

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ella

    Ella Wright (Black Boy) Ella Wright was Richard Wright’s mother whom he wrote about in his autobiography, “Black Boy” (1945). Richard Wright is most famous for his novel “Native Son” (1940). Tough on Richard and certainly unafraid to administer a beating when she believes it is appropriate, Ella nevertheless loves her son and is an advocate in his life. Despite falling into ill health and becoming partially paralyzed, she maintains an optimistic outlook on life.

  • Popular Songs on Ella

    Popular Songs on Ella

    Ella Es - a song by Ricky Martin sung in Spanish

    Ella Mae - a song by Greg Brown

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ella

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ella

    All-of-a-Kind Family (Sydney Taylor) - A heart-warming series of stories about Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie, five Jewish girls who live with their parents on the upper east side in New York City at the turn of the century. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Cinderella (Disney) - Did you know that Ella was actually the real name of Cinderella in the classic children's story? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ella (Bill Peet) - Ella the elephant thinks of herself as a famous circus star, but gets a lesson in humility when a mean farmer puts her to work. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella (James Mayhew) - Can the adorable Ella Bella Ballerina help Cinderella get to the Royal Ball? Alone on the stage after class, Ella Bella opens Madame Rosa's magical musical box and is whisked off into the world of the Cinderella ballet. But will Ella Bella be able to help Cinderella meet her perfect Prince Charming? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ella Elephant Scats Like That: Baby Loves Jazz (Andy Blackman Hurwitz) - Hi-de-hi, hi-de-ho! Ella Elephant will teach you how to scat: Ella Elephant sings jazz just like that. And uses her mouth to do something called scat. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine) - How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse? At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa (Andrea Pinkney) - Ella Fitzgerald began her life as a singer on the stage of the Apollo Theater when she was just seventeen years old. Her rich voice and vocal innovations brought her fame and a remarkable career that spanned half a century and won her generations of fans around the world. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair (Lee Fox) - Ella Kazoo would rather do anything than brush her hair, especially when she could be skipping in the rain and dancing in the sunshine instead. As her hair grows from bad to worse, soon it’s out of control! Something must be done to tame her wild locks, and although it’s no easy task, Ella and her mother find a solution that makes them both happy. Riotously demonstrating the daily battle of wills that all parents and daughters are familiar with, this pitch-perfect text captures Ella’s contagious energy and reminds readers that almost every problem has a solution. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Ella Sets Sail (Carmela D'amico) - It's anchors away for Ella the elephant, as her magic red hat takes her on an ocean adventure that shows her what it truly means to be lucky. Ella loves the annual Elephant Island Carnival for its rides, its cotton candy and the fun she always has with her friends. But this year isn't looking promising: Belinda's being a pest, Ella's allowance is all gone, and it looks like a storm's coming. Has Ella's luck finally run out? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ella the Elegant Elephant (Carmela D'Amico) - Ella is counting the days until the first day of school, but not because she’s eager to start! On the contrary, as the littlest elephant on Elephant Island, she’s terribly nervous about the other kids she’ll meet. The she receives a beautiful red hat that belonged to her grandmother - her new lucky charm. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Ella the Rose Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Every flower is bright and blooming, thanks to the Petal Fairies! But when Jack Frost steals their magical petals, there's trouble in Fairyland. Help save Fairyland's flowers! Every flower is bright and blossoming, thanks to the Petal Fairies! But when Jack Frost steals their magical petals, the fairies are in trouble. Flowers everywhere could disappear! Ella the Rose Fairy's petal is the only one still missing. Will Rachel and Kirsty have to face off with Jack Frost to get it? Find the magical petal in each book and keep Fairyland in full bloom! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Ella's Toys (Karen Kilpatrick) - Ella’s toys are beyond compare, but playtime’s more fun when she learns to share! Flaunting her toys but keeping them to herself is not much fun after the other kids lose interest. Left alone, Ella decides to make it up to her friends. Children will learn an important lesson in this endearing ebook about sharing, generosity and friendship. One in a series of e-books for children from the Pumpkinheads focusing on character education. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Ella's Umbrellas (Jennifer Lloyd) - Ella has every umbrella under the rainbow: spotted, striped, aquamarine, even jellybean green — so many that they fill up the entire house. Aunt Stella from Katmandu is coming to visit and Ella’s mom demands Ella get rid of her umbrellas. But Ella wants to keep her precious possessions. Will she realize that opening up one’s heart during a downpour is more important — and more gratifying — than opening up an umbrella? Brought to life through rhythmic text and watercolor illustrations, Ella's Umbrellas is the perfect book to cheer up anyone on a rainy day. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ella, Of Course! (Sarah Weeks) - Ella love-love-loves her brand-new umbrella. It's sky blue with white clouds, and it makes the most satisfying whoosh . . . click sound. Rain or shine, Ella insists on taking it with her everywhere. Unfortunately, a whoosh-clicking umbrella can cause serious trouble . . . especially at a ballet recital. It's a good thing Ella is a problem solver, because she's going to need to be creative to get what she wants. Sarah Weeks and Doug Cushman deliver a hilarious and universal tale about a little girl's trouble letting go of a favorite object. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Ella

    Famous People Named Ella

    Famous People Named Ella - Ella Fitzgerald (jazz singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ella

    Children of Famous People Named Ella

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Ella - Annette Bening (actress); Ben Stiller (actor/director); Christine Taylor (actress); Eric Clapton (musician); Gary Sinise (actor); John Travolta (actor); Kelly Preston (actress); Mark Wahlberg (actor); Warren Beatty (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Ella - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ella Fitzgerald (25 Apr 1917 – 15 Jun 1996) - Known as "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald is arguably the most popular female jazz singer in the United States of all time. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common - they all loved her.

Personality of the Girl Name Ella

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ella

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