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Origin and Meaning of Stela

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  • According to a user from California, United States, the name Stela is of Roman origin and means "Star".
  • A user from Austria says the name Stela is of Unknown origin and means "Star".
  • According to a user from Washington, United States, the name Stela is of Unknown origin and means "Star".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Ste"la
A small column or pillar, used as a monument, milestone, etc.

Etymology: L., from Gr. � a post, an upright stone

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An ancient upright stone slab bearing markings

From Latin stēla, from Ancient Greek στήλη (stḗlē).

  1. (archaeology) an obelisk or upright stone pillar, usually as a primitive commemoration or gravestone

stela was also found in the following language(s): Icelandic, Lojban, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old Frisian, Old Norse, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Stela

Stela Popescu is an actress, humanitarian, celebrity, and humanitarianism. Stela was born on December 21st, 1935 in Bălți, Romania, now in Moldova.


Stela was born on August 7th, 1982 in Coșcodeni.



Stela was born on March 30th, 1971 in Baia Mare.


Stela was born on May 6th, 1934.


Fun Facts about the name Stela

  • How Popular is the name Stela? Stela is the 33,067th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Stela have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 128 babies born with the first name Stela in the United States. That's more than enough people named Stela to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Stela? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2000 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Stela first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Stela is Sunday, November 21st, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Stela born? The highest recorded use of the first name Stela was in 2013 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Stela: Your name in reverse order is Alets. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tlesa. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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