Stella

First Name
170k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
4k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Stella

User Submitted Origins

English
47%
Latin
29%
Italian
18%
Swedish
6%

User Submitted Meanings

  • According to a user from Finland, the name Stella is of Latin origin and means "Star in both Latin and Italian".
  • A submission from Canada says the name Stella means "Star" and is of Latin origin.
  • A submission from Washington, United States says the name Stella means "Star" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from Oregon, United States, the name Stella is of English origin and means "Star in Italian.".
  • According to a user from Canada, the name Stella is of Italian origin and means "Star".

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  1. United States minimalist painter (born in 1936)
Wiktionary

From Latin stella (“star”). In the sense of a sex tourist, refers to the 1998 romantic comedy film How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

  1. A female given name.
  2. Stella Artois, a brand of beer; or a serving of such.
    I'm going to have a few Stellas tonight
  3. A town in South Africa.
  4. A village in Missouri.
  5. A village in Nebraska.
  6. A town in Wisconsin.
  7. (US, numismatics) A gold coin with a face value of $4.00 proposed for use in the United States in the 19th century.
  8. (Jamaica, slang, derogatory) A black woman who visits Jamaica as a sex tourist.

Stella was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, German, Italian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Stella

Stella was given the name Stella Maynes Maxwell on May 15th, 1990.

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Stella McCartney is a fashion designer and fashion design. Stella was given the name Stella Nina McCartney on September 13th, 1971 in Lambeth.

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Stella Stevens is an actress, director, and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1959. Stella was given the name Estelle Caro Eggleston on October 1st, 1936 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, U.S.

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Stella Maeve is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Stella was given the name Stella Maeve Johnston on November 14th, 1989 in Nyack, New York, USA. Stella is also known as Stella Maeve Johnston.

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Stella Mae Parton is a country music and gospel music singing, songwriter, and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Stella was born Stella Mae Parton on May 4th, 1949.

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Stella Adler was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1919 to 1952. Stella was born on February 10th, 1901 in New York City, New York, U.S. She left this life on December 21st, 1992.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Stella

Frank Stella is an artist in the fields of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture. Frank was given the name Frank Philip Stella on May 12th, 1936 in Malden, Massachusetts.

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Tommy La Stella is a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. Tommy was born on January 31st, 1989 in Westwood, New Jersey.

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Joseph Stella was an artist in the field of painting. Joseph was born on June 13th, 1877 in Muro Lucano. He left this life on November 5th, 1946.

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Martina was born Martina Stella on November 28th, 1984 in Florence.

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Beniamino was born on August 18th, 1941 in Pieve di Soligo.

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Francesco Stella is a soccer player for the Central Coast Mariners FC, A.C. Chievo Verona, South Melbourne FC, S.S. Robur Siena, U.S. Borgo a Buggiano 1920, Rangers F.C., Sisaket F.C., and Avondale FC. Francesco was born on July 25th, 1991 in Melbourne.

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How popular is the baby name Stella in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 414 414 0 #60 girl name
1881 416 416 0 #63 girl name
1882 506 506 0 #61 girl name
1883 529 529 0 #59 girl name
1884 584 584 0 #60 girl name
1885 654 649 5 #57 girl name
1886 702 702 0 #57 girl name
1887 664 664 0 #59 girl name
1888 775 775 0 #64 girl name
1889 891 891 0 #55 girl name
1890 929 924 5 #56 girl name
1891 872 867 5 #59 girl name
1892 972 972 0 #59 girl name
1893 932 926 6 #63 girl name
1894 1,035 1,035 0 #61 girl name
1895 1,026 1,026 0 #60 girl name
1896 1,059 1,054 5 #60 girl name
1897 971 966 5 #64 girl name
1898 1,062 1,062 0 #65 girl name
1899 975 975 0 #62 girl name
1900 1,183 1,177 6 #68 girl name
1901 934 928 6 #65 girl name
1902 1,075 1,075 0 #63 girl name
1903 1,021 1,016 5 #64 girl name
1904 1,031 1,026 5 #68 girl name
1905 1,097 1,097 0 #67 girl name
1906 1,141 1,141 0 #65 girl name
1907 1,156 1,150 6 #70 girl name
1908 1,222 1,216 6 #67 girl name
1909 1,195 1,188 7 #70 girl name
1910 1,319 1,319 0 #72 girl name
1911 1,422 1,422 0 #72 girl name
1912 1,844 1,834 10 #73 girl name
1913 2,214 2,205 9 #69 girl name
1914 2,777 2,771 6 #65 girl name
1915 3,657 3,657 0 #64 girl name
1916 3,829 3,818 11 #63 girl name
1917 3,880 3,872 8 #62 girl name
1918 3,936 3,928 8 #67 girl name
1919 3,708 3,700 8 #70 girl name
1920 3,505 3,492 13 #82 girl name
1921 3,344 3,335 9 #86 girl name
1922 3,174 3,165 9 #88 girl name
1923 2,966 2,957 9 #96 girl name
1924 2,758 2,752 6
1925 2,411 2,402 9
1926 2,206 2,193 13
1927 2,121 2,110 11
1928 1,813 1,805 8
1929 1,698 1,691 7
1930 1,577 1,569 8
1931 1,427 1,418 9
1932 1,351 1,342 9
1933 1,128 1,121 7
1934 1,104 1,094 10
1935 952 943 9
1936 974 967 7
1937 923 916 7
1938 886 877 9
1939 961 954 7
1940 962 962 0
1941 1,023 1,023 0
1942 1,133 1,126 7
1943 1,182 1,182 0
1944 1,017 1,017 0
1945 993 993 0
1946 1,160 1,160 0
1947 1,339 1,334 5
1948 1,352 1,344 8
1949 1,219 1,219 0
1950 1,113 1,113 0
1951 1,060 1,060 0
1952 998 998 0
1953 957 957 0
1954 850 850 0
1955 794 794 0
1956 764 764 0
1957 735 729 6
1958 684 684 0
1959 645 640 5
1960 619 619 0
1961 596 596 0
1962 614 614 0
1963 541 541 0
1964 560 560 0
1965 512 512 0
1966 429 429 0
1967 411 411 0
1968 357 357 0
1969 319 319 0
1970 347 347 0
1971 299 299 0
1972 284 284 0
1973 235 235 0
1974 250 250 0
1975 252 252 0
1976 204 204 0
1977 238 233 5
1978 242 242 0
1979 216 216 0
1980 228 228 0
1981 226 226 0
1982 220 220 0
1983 208 208 0
1984 190 190 0
1985 154 154 0
1986 152 152 0
1987 164 164 0
1988 154 154 0
1989 168 168 0
1990 171 171 0
1991 152 152 0
1992 169 169 0
1993 167 167 0
1994 131 131 0
1995 125 125 0
1996 149 149 0
1997 190 190 0
1998 233 233 0
1999 312 312 0
2000 376 376 0
2001 422 422 0
2002 556 556 0
2003 797 797 0
2004 1,123 1,123 0
2005 1,308 1,308 0
2006 1,411 1,411 0
2007 1,461 1,461 0
2008 1,823 1,823 0
2009 2,558 2,558 0
2010 3,446 3,439 7 #85 girl name
2011 3,699 3,693 6 #73 girl name
2012 4,004 3,997 7 #62 girl name
2013 3,908 3,908 0 #70 girl name
2014 4,200 4,194 6 #66 girl name
2015 4,796 4,789 7 #51 girl name
2016 4,925 4,925 0 #45 girl name
2017 5,038 5,038 0 #42 girl name

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International Interest for Stella

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Stella as a first name

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Popularity of Stella as a last name

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Common last names for Stella

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Baker
  • Harris
  • Phillips

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Stella U.S.
  White 86.92% 64.26%
  African American 1.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.04% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.25% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Stella

People with the last name Stella are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Stella

  • What name lists does Stella rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Stella? Stella is the 423rd most popular name of all time. In 2017 Stella was the 42nd most popular name. As a last name Stella was the 8,178th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Stella have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 169,907 babies born with the first name Stella in the United States. That's more than enough people named Stella to occupy the country of Saint Lucia with an estimated population of 166,526 (as of May 10, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Stella? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 414 new born babies.
  • When was Stella first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Stella is Wednesday, July 4th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Stella born? The highest recorded use of the first name Stella was in 2017 with a total of 5,038 babies. That's a lot of babies named Stella!
  • Random Stella Factoid: According to the 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Stella ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 22 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1937.
  • Weird things about the name Stella: Your name in reverse order is Allets. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tlleas. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Stella? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,053 people with the last name Stella.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Stella? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Stella as their last name.

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  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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