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Origin: Anglo Saxon
Meaning: Elfin

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Ella

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Ella in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Ella:

  • Records indicate that 254,304 girls in the United States have been named Ella since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2010, when 9,796 people in the U.S. were given the name Ella. Those people are now 11 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Ella

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      27 Positive Comments

  • "My first name is Ella and my surname is Rose, so my full name is Ella Rose and I get complimented on it quite often, people say "what a beautiful name". I have always liked my name and my nickname El, I have nothing negative to say about my name, I love it :)" Jul. 21, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think that ella is a wonderful name, being on of them of course!" Jan. 28, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ella and I have grown to like it more as I got older, when I was younger I really wanted to called something like Olivia that was more popular. I like having a name that isn?t too popular because otherwise it would be confusing and annoying." Apr. 22, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think that Ella is a really great name. My old dog was named that." Feb. 8, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ella I'm not sure it's possible to mispronounce this name. I'm 31, and growing up, if I heard that name called, it was directed at me. I never came across another Ella as a child. Now it's another story. John Travolta and Ben Stiller named their daughters Ella, and suddenly the whole world has jumped on the "let's name our daughters Ella" band wagon. A friends Mother has a daycare of 12 children. 3 of them are named Ella. So, while it's a great name, it's just way over used today." Feb. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Ella and I have yet to run across anyone else with the name. It is the only name my husband and I ever agreed upon and we absolutely love it." Jan. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Ella and the only other Ella's i find are younger than me so that means the name is getting more popular!" Mar. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "ella is a beautiful name, shame its getting really popular" Oct. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Ella is a wonderful and pretty name just like her! I real girly name too which I love." Aug. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "hm baby cousins name is ella and i think its really beautiful :)" Jul. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love ella it is like in that song umbrella ella ella a a a" Jun. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love ella it is like in that song umbrella ella ella a a a" Jun. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ella is my BEST FRIEND!!! and da name rox!!! just like her!!! But some people teased her saying nutELLA. But i think that they are DUMB" Jun. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is ella and I like it alot as it is not very popular and it is unique.!" Mar. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is our 6 year old daughter's nickname. Her given name is Mardelle (family name) so we had to find something that suited her. Ella is a feminine and beautiful name that everyone seems to love...just like our own dear Ella." Dec. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have this name and i have never had it pronounced wrong nad i love it as it is short and sweet and i am glad that when i was born it was not as popular as it is becoming now !!!" Nov. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ella and I like my name because i have only met two people in my entire life who's names were Ella! I also named my cat Bella so that our names rhyme." Jul. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ella, it is beautiful and strong. I can imagine our first woman President with that name." Jun. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Ella in 2002. Well, technically her name is Elisabeth with the nickname of Ella... but we've always called her Ella. I love it. It does seem to be becoming more popular, but I haven't run into too many yet." Apr. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I found out I was pregnant in 2003, my husband and I had the hardest time deciding on a name for our child. The only name we both loved was Ella. I do see used more frequently, but it is such a simple, elegant name. And I know she will not have a hard time spelling it or pronouncing it. Also, our last name is more complicated and we didn't want to burden her with a difficult first name. Oh and very few nicknames can be made out of Ella." Mar. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just had twin girls and named them Ella and Margaret (Maggie). Ella is becoming more popular, but it is also trendy and cute." Feb. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I used a combination of my two sister's first names to come up with Ella. Thinking we were being original and no one would have this name since we had never heard it before. I now meet someone almost everyday that says they know someone with this name! Months after she was born we were told that there was a Disney movie a couple of years ago with the name Ella in the title! Oh well, it happened with our son's name too. It's hard to be original these days." Feb. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "we named our daughter ella, and though it seems to be a little popular, i haven't noticed it to be overused.....yet" Jan. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ella and LOVE the name. Although, the name has become more popular than I would like." Dec. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter was born in November of last year and my husband and I decided to name her Ella because we love the name and the meaning (and because I'm a school teacher and I have never known anyone with that name except Ella Fitzgerald and we didn't want her to have the same name as everyone in her class!). Since she was born, atleast 6 people have told me they know someone that just named their daughter Ella. Eeeek!" Jul. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always pronounce or spell it wrong. They keep calling me "Ellen" or "Ellie" or "Elise" or "Alla" but I like my name so quit stealing it!" Jul. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it sounds so pretty goes with grace, belle, maye" Jul. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "When my parents named me Ella, they didn't know that name existed (1993)..they heard the name when they were in spain just after they found out they were having me..I know so many Ella's now it's unreal!" Mar. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Every 2nd girl I know is Ella .... the poor things are always known by their last manes as they are always one of at least 2-3 Ellas in their class. One friend of mine told me she really regrets calling her daughter this because of the number of Ellas." Aug. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Honestly in my small suburb alone there are 4 Ellas within 3 years of each other...2 Ella's in my daughters class at preschool...and EVERY mother of an Ella I know when asked how they picked it says...well it was my moters/grandmothers name or whatever followed by...I had NO IDEA how popular it was. One even honestly said she wishes she could re-name her daughter as she constantly gets called by her last name. Don't do it...even if you like it." Jun. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't think it is nice when people take advantage of your name being in a movie. For example, after Ella Enchanted came out, everyone kept saying things like "FREEZE" and "BUY ME LUNCH" and it really got on my nerves." Jul. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      21 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is not Ella, but all of my friends names are. my church class consists of 4 girls. Ella, Ella, Elle, and me, Carrie-Anne. there are other girls at church that are not in my class there names are another Ella, elsie, Ellie, and Elizabeth. one of the Ella's my age say they can't go one day without someone singing the umbrella song in their face. So, yeah, i feel a little excluded sometimes, but it's all cool. I guess." Apr. 30, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names ella and I find it an awesome name. It?s not popular or uncommon and I only know one Ella and I?ve met her like once. The kids when I was in school called me Ellah and pronounced the h just because. It does get annoying because somehow when people say Hello, it sounds like Ella. Or Zella, Stella, Bella, of the umberella song is the worst. It?s kinda funny actually." Sep. 17, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ella.Im now 11 years old and when I was really little the name ella wasn't popular at all!!! Now my moms friend at work named his daughter ella! And my moms friends, friend named her daughter ella! I honestly don't want my name to be really popular." Apr. 9, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ella and I love it! TBH I couldn't think of any other names that I would want to be called! I have heard of 1 or 2 other ellas and my cousins cousin is called ella but I love that when someone says ella they are nearly always calling me bc there isn't much other girls called ella. But it is getting a lot more popular but I would suggest to call ur daughter ella bc it's sort of a name u can't really not like younger and older!!" Jan. 23, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wonderful mother-in-law is named Ella she was born in 1924 still going strong Ella power" Mar. 28, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ella. Im 7 years old.I donot know why my perints gave me this name. But I like it because its beutafol." Apr. 25, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ella and I was born in 2002 if your name is Ella and you were born in 2002 DM me. My Instagram is ElarIsAwesome." Jul. 19, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ella's a very nice name, reading this it becomes very obvious how different it is in the US to the UK. I live in the UK and know only one Ella, it's pretty unique here." Jun. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is ella. When i was little i hardly knew anyone else with my name but now it's becoming waaaay to popular. There are too many little kids called ella. I also get the whole "umbrella ella ella eh eh eh"" Nov. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is ella. When i was little i hardly knew anyone else with my name but now it's becoming waaaay to popular. There are too many little kids called ella. I also get the whole "umbrella ella ella eh eh eh"" Nov. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I wouldn't name my child this, but it suits some people very well, like Ella Fitzgerald. My African dwarf frog is named Ella. :)" Jun. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i wanna name my daughter ella...but the meaning is elfin...what the heck is elfin!!?" Apr. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is not that creative, but very pretty and feminine." Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mortgage broker has a daughter named ella. Its ok." Nov. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am over 30 and yes it is rare to find someone my age named everyone wants to have that name!" Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ella and I was named after my grandmother. Not very common to see it used in the hispanic culture though...however I do love my name. I agree with people mispronouncing it! Take the time and ask if you aren't sure!" Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ella and i love it! I know a few Ella's but that doesn't put me off, most people call me el for short, which is quiet unusual, but i like it!" Aug. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it. You don't hear it that often. My teachers daughters name is ella and it fits her perfectly!" Jan. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ella, pronounced "L Ah", is my name for 65 years and I did not appreciate my name the first 40 years of my life because I thought I wanted a common name. Now I love it. I was named after my great grandmother." Jan. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lovely name but we now know 8 Ellas under the age of 10!" Jan. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "we named our daughter ella in 2002 thinking it would be an original name that she would not have to share with a lot of peers. but since then it seems to have become a little trendy. now we are trying to choose a name for our second child and trying to avoid the trends again. we'll see!" Oct. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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