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Quick Facts on Stella

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 70
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Stella

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Stella

The name Stella comes from the Latin word “stella” meaning “star” ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European root *stēr- meaning the same (Pok. 1028). A star is, of course, an astronomical object seen as a bright point of light against the night sky. The most notable of all stars is the sun, from which the earth receives most of its energy (it is also the closest star to earth). As a female given name, Stella was most likely popularized by the English poet Sir Philip Sidney in his 16th century sonnet sequence, “Astrophel and Stella” (translation: Star Lover and His Star). In part, the poem reads: “His paper, pale despair, and pain his pen doth move. / I can speak what I feel, and feel as much as they, / But think that all the map of my state I display, / When trembling voice brings forth that I do Stella love.” Usage of Stella may have also been influenced by “Stella Maris” (Star of the Sea), which is an epithet of the Virgin Mary. Today the name Stella is coming back into vogue all over the Western World. She ranks high in Sweden, Canada, Australia, the United States, Norway and France.

Popularity of the Name Stella

Stella! Stella! (think: Marlon Brando in “A Street Car Named Desire”). Stella was a popular name in America at the turn of the 20th century. A hundred years ago, the name was squarely a Top 100 favorite for at least three decades. However, starting in the 1920s, the name experienced a serious decline until it completely fell off the popularity charts in the 1990s. Not to worry. The name came screaming back into the American psyches starting in 1998 and increased over (gasp) 900 spots on the list in 13 short years. Talk about a come-back. This is the Rocky Balboa of girl names. Stella is clearly here to stay, and is a product of the now-trendy resurgence of early 20th century names. In 2010, Stella landed a spot on America’s Top 100 list of most-favored baby girl names for the first time since 1923. And she’s not showing any signs of waning. In fact, her performance is downright “stellar”!
Popularity of the Girl Name Stella
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Stella

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Stella

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Stella

    Stella DuBois Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire) Stella is the sister of Blanche DuBois, the main character in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Raised as genteel Southern belles in a time long gone, the sisters have made their separate ways in life. Stella has adapted to the course realities of the modern world, while Blanche drifts farther and farther away into denial and madness. Stella has hitched her wagon to the strutting, uber-masculine World War II hero, Stanley Kowalski, and knowingly, willingly lives with him in circumstances that appear brutish and reduced to her sister. The payoff, for Stella, is an earthy relationship that produces a son and that provides her with sensual satisfaction, in contrast to the ever increasing flights of fancy to which Blanche succumbs in her quest to regain and maintain a foothold in a society and moral purview that is gone with the wind. Stella is the survivor, and she will protect that choice at any cost.

  • Popular Songs on Stella

    Popular Songs on Stella

    O Stella - a song by PJ Harvey

    Stella - a song by The Tubes

    Stella Blue - a song by the Grateful Dead

    Stella by Starlight - a song by Ray Charles

    Stella by Starlight - a song by Frank Sinatra

    Stella by Starlight - a song by Ella Fitzgerald

    Stella by Starlight - a jazz instrumental by Miles Davis

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Stella

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Stella

    Bella and Stella Come Home (Anika Denise) - Bella, a young girl, explores her new home with her stuffed toy elephant Stella. There is much to absorb with so many differences between the old house and the new. Both Bella and Stella provide and receive reassurance from one another, and after spending the night at their new home, unpacking some items, and visiting with new neighbors, the two best friends settle in. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Stella is a Star (Bernadette Peters) - Bernadette Peters and Liz Murphy the terrific team behind the New York Times best-selling Broadway Barks are back with a story about Stella, a pup who would rather be a graceful pig ballerina than what she really is: a dog no one seems to like. Bernadette Peters' lovable Stella learns the lessons of self-acceptance, following her heart's desires and, most important, that it's okay just to be herself. The book includes a CD with an original song written and performed by Bernadette Peters. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Stella the Star Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Stella the Star Fairy's magical Christmas ornaments are missing --- and Jack Frost's mischievous goblins are to blame! Without the ornaments, Christmas will lose its special sparkle. If Rachel and Kirsty don't act fast, the holidays won't be very merry or bright! Can the girls help? Or will Jack Frost and his goblins find the ornaments first…and ruin Christmas for everyone? Find the ornaments in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition, and help save the holiday sparkle! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Stella, Star of the Sea (Marie-Louise Gay) - In Stella, Star of the Sea (which won a Governor General's Award for illustration), the gifted picture-book artist introduces the irresistible duo of Sam and his spirited older sister, Stella. "Stella and Sam were spending a day at the sea shore," Gay begins this playful celebration of summer, adding, "It was Sam's very first time." Stella is an adventurer, eager to dive to the ocean floor, tame sea horses, and dig a hole to China, but her little brother, Sam, is made of more cautious stuff. When Stella, looking out at the sea from the top of a delightfully round sand dune, exclaims, "Isn't it beautiful, Sam?" he observes with a characteristic deadpan, "It's very big... and noisy." This book is part of a series of more Stella books. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Stella

    Famous People Named Stella

    Famous People Named Stella - Stella McCartney (fashion designer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Stella

    Children of Famous People Named Stella

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Stella - Antonio Banderas (actor); Dan Aykroyd (actor/comic); Dylan Walsh (actor); Elisabeth Shue (actress); Ellen Pompeo (actress); Harvey Keitel (actor); Jennifer Grey (actress); John Ritter (actor); Lorraine Bracco (actress); Melanie Griffith (actress); Molly Shannon (actress/comic); Paul McCartney (musician); Peri Gilpin (actress); Tori Spelling (actress/author); Dean McDermott (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Stella - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Stella - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Stella.

Personality of the Girl Name Stella

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Stella

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