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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. ehs-TEHL(English)
EHS-TEHL(French)

Meaning & History

From an Old French name meaning "star", ultimately derived from Latin stella. 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).