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The first name 

Ella is a female first name. In very rare cases it is also used for boys.

The name Ella is very popular!

The first name Ella is one of the top 100 most popular girls names in the US – currently at #16 in our SmartGenius ranking. Over 1,000 babies each year are named Ella, accounting for approximately 0.50 % of all newborn girls. In the entire USA, approximately 284,218 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Ella. That is 0.08 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Ella mean?

The first name Ella can be the short form of various names such as Helena, Elizabeth or Eleonore. It may also be related to Hellas the Greek name for Greece. In Hebrew there are two meanings of the name. In modern Hebrew, Ella means ‘goddess’.

Interesting facts! The name Ella has been used several times to name hurricanes and tropical storms. For example, Hurricane Ella killed over 35 people in Haiti and Cuba in 1958.

Ella has several famous namesakes

A Successful English Singer

Ella Eyre (*1994)
Ella Eyre is a British singer and songwriter. She is best known for her hit single 'We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off' (2015). She startet her music career allready as a teenager and quickly gained recognition for her powerful and soulful voice. Other popular tracks of the singer are 'Deep Down' (2022), 'Came Here for Love' (2018) or 'Just Got Paid' (2018).

Queen of Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald (19171996)
The American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald is considered the 'First Lady of Song' or 'Queen of Jazz'. She developed the so-called 'scat singing', a technique in which a singer improvises by using nonsensical syllables instead of lyrics. She has also left her mark on pop culture to this day

The First Lady of the Children's Folk Song

Ella Jenkins (*1924)
Ella Jenkins is an American folk singer and songwriter. Some call her 'The First Lady of the Children's Folk Song' because she has been making children's music for over 50 years. She began her career as a performer in the 1940s. Jenkins released over 40 albums of children's music

Physician and Women's Rights Activist

Ella M. S. Marble (1850 - 1929)
Ella M. S. Marble was an American physician, journalist, educator and activist. Among other things, Marble served as president of the District of Columbia Federation Womans' Clubs. Marble worked as a public lecturer on philanthropic and educational subjects. She was a member of the editorial board of the Washington Daily in 1889 and founded the first high school for women and children in Washington, D. C.

A Civil Rights Activist

Ella Baker (1903 - 1986)
Ella Baker was an American civil rights activist and leader. She promoted social and political change and had an important role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She was also a major advocate for the rights of women. She ensured that the Civil Rights Movement was inclusive of the perspectives and experiences of all people, including women and people of color.

An actress

Ella Jay Basco (*2006)
The American actress and singer gained fame for her role of Cassandra Cain in the movie 'Birds of Prey' - in the same year she released the EP 'Middle School' including the song 'The Ballad of Cassandra Cain (Bird of Prey)'.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Ella, you might first think of a woman or a girl. But did you know that there are also places with the name Ella? Are you also called Ella? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

You can watch...

three fountains at Lake Ella in central Tallahassee, Florida. It has an area of 12 acres and is part of the 'Old Spanish Trail' which extends from San Diego to St. Augustine.

At least four...

unincorporated communities in the USA are called Ella. You can find them in the states of Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

A triangular Island...

in the Greenland Sea is called Ella Island. The uninhabited island has an approximate size of 33,000 acres. In 1971 they found a meteorite on Ella Island.

Several tropical storms...

and hurricanes have been named Ella. Very strong hurricanes named Ella occured in 1958 (Haiti and Cuba), 1962 (Bahamas) and 1978 (Maryland, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland).

Ella -
someone you can count on

Ella is the epitome of persistance. Every single year since first names have been registered in the United States, parents have come up with the idea of naming their daughter Ella. This means that several girls and women named Ella have witnessed major events such as the first Nobel Prize ceremony, the moon landing, the release of the first cell phone, or the turn of the millennium. The first name Ella has reached its best rank of 12 several times, most recently in 2012. Moreover, the name has been in the top 100 numerous times. This makes Ella one of the most popular names of all time.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Ella was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Ella in 2022 - still quite popular

Ella will be Ella. Like every other year, there were newborns named Ella in 2022 – in fact 6,243 to be precise, confirming Ella is still a very popular first name. In this most recent year for which US-wide statistics are available, the name ranked #25 among all girls‘ names. Incidentally, the least popular year for Ella was 1987, when only 128 baby girls were named Ella.

Ella -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Mississippi

There are only 537 different women’s names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Ella is one of them. However, Ella is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Mississippi seem to particularly fancy this name – the 7,445 women called Ella who live here are 0,387% of all female residents and push their name up to #47, easily placing it in the top 100 most common female names in Mississippi.

Ella has 4 letters 
and begins with an E

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter E is neither particularly common nor particularly rare as a first letter for girls' names: 3.9% of all common girls' names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of girls' names, by the way, are A, S and M, while U, X and Q are the least common initials of girls' names.

With four letters, the name Ella is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that with 3.9%, E as the first letter in girls' names is almost as common as all 26 letters on average - and of all the girls' names that start with an E, Elizabeth is the most common.

Other names with 
E, l, l and a

If you take all the letters in the name Ella – E, l, l and a – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Alle or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Ella

If your name is Ella and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Ella

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Ella, you can simply say:





This is how the name Ella is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Ella in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Ella

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Ella is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Ella

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Ella sounds like this: