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PronouncedPron.STEL-ə English

Meaning & History

Means "star" in Latin. This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'. It was a nickname of a lover of Jonathan Swift, real name Esther Johnson (1681-1728), though it was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century. It appears in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947), belonging to the sister of Blanche DuBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski.
VariantEstelle English
Other Languages & CulturesEstelle French Estela Portuguese Stela Romanian Estela, Estrella Spanish
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Entry updated January 10, 2017   Contribute