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PronouncedPron.es-TEL English
ES-TEL French

Meaning & History

From an Old French name which was derived from Latin stella, meaning "star". It was rare in the English-speaking world in the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century, perhaps due to the character Estella Havisham in Charles Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations' (1860).
VariantsEstella, Stella English
DiminutiveEssie English
Other Languages & CulturesStella Dutch Stella German Stella Italian Estela Portuguese Stela Romanian Estela, Estrella Spanish


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute