Stella originates from Latin and is derived directly from the word "stella," meaning "star" or "esteemed." Although the name has been used as far back as the thirteenth century, it was not popular until the sixteenth century when it was used in Sir Philip Sidney's collection of sonnets Astrophel and Stella. In recent years, the name has become increasingly popular in the United States and has been linked to A Streetcar Named Desire.
Similar Names: Stela, Estelle, Estella
Famous Stella Names: Stella McCartney (fashion designer), Stella Adler (actress)