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Estella was the name of the main female character in "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.
-- Wordsmith14  10/12/2005
Estella comes from the word "stella" which means "star".
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2006
Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor is the youngest child and daughter of Lady Helen (née Windsor) Taylor and Timothy Taylor and granddaughter to the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
-- MariaNikolaievnaRoma  12/25/2006
Daughter of Aldo Leopold, and an ecologist at the University of Washington.
-- Anonymous User  1/17/2007
Estella is derived from the Spanish word Estrella, meaning "star".
-- Miracle1980Olympics  1/15/2008
This is quite a pretty name, and it sounds a tad better than Stella and Estelle. The name is not too cutesy or youthful either. The 'e' at the beginning softens the pronunciation, which is nice.
-- slight night shiver  4/22/2008
Okay, it doesn't soften the pronunciation, but the word has a nicely soft and elegant sound to it anyway, and it sounds a bit more elegant than Stella. I love the name!
-- slight night shiver  5/23/2008
Estella is a beautiful name. Stella is a great name on its own, but Estella is much prettier to write and say.
-- Monarch15  8/30/2008
Estella is a very beautiful name - so lyrical and intelligent. If I was to use it, it would probably be because of Estella Havisham, a character in my favourite Charles Dickens book, "Great Expectations".
-- Sophannagh  11/6/2008
Estella is also used in Spanish-speaking cultures, where it's pronounced est-ay-a.
-- LadyManetsu  12/31/2008
Perhaps it is because I hate Dickens, or because I hate 'Great Expectations' specifically, but I can't help but dislike 'Estella'. She was a foul character.
-- LakeGirl  8/10/2009
I don't really like this name. For some reason, Estella has never appealed to me. I prefer Estelle.
-- bananarama  9/7/2009
Estella itself is a gorgeous name, but the associations with Charles Dickens' character are really a turn-off for me. Estella Havisham was HORRID. It takes a lot for me to hate a character in a book, but I absolutely despise her!
-- Anonymous User  11/13/2009
Really quite a nice name; much better than Estelle or Stella. :)
-- walesgal92  8/29/2010
Anyone who has the name Estella is literally a star. It's so pretty and unique.
-- Anonymous User  9/8/2010
This is my aunt's name. I've always liked it. It sounds so extra terrestrial and awesome.
-- Chrila96  11/11/2010
I sort of like this name, but I have to admit that it reminds me of Estella Havisham. I'm not a fan of "Great Expectations" or Dickens so that kind of kills it. Plus, the character of Estella is truly a monster--although not entirely her fault. But still, the name is associated with a cold-hearted loveless character. Hard for me to get over.
-- Book_Reader22  4/8/2011
It's pretty, but it sounds too soft and a bit snobbish. I'd go with Stella or Estrella.
-- Black_X  7/17/2011
In 'The Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R. Tolkien, Estella Bolger is the wife of Merry Brandybuck.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2012
Pretty name, but I prefer the Spanish spelling of it.. Estela with one 'L'. In Spanish the two L's together are pronounced like a Y. It's Estela, not Es-tay-uh. Therefore, I'd definitely spell it with one 'L'. The actress, Ali Landry, has a young daughter named Estela Ines born in 2007.
-- Bajafresh  9/13/2013
I love this name and Great Expectations. In my opinion Estella is a name that gives the impression of being small and delicate but there is definitely something more devious behind it.
-- Paige Nicole  9/17/2015
I think it's very pretty, though I slightly prefer Stella and Estrella.
-- RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
Also used in Catalan:
-- Frollein Gladys  6/5/2017
The name Estella was given to 302 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Estella are female.
-- Anonymous User  6/6/2017

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