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Ella (F)>

Ella (female)

Diminutive for:Isabella (F)
Pet Name for:Eleanor (F) Ellen (F) Elvira (F) Helen (F)
Derivative(s):Ethella (F) Floella (F) Louella (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English from Old German "all".

1. As a given name it was introduced into Britain by the Normans. The variants Ala and Ela are from that era.

2. Ella was also a short form of a number of Old German names beginning with Ali- which means "foreign". Examples of surviving derivatives of those names are Eleanor and Elvira [q.v.].

3. Pet name for Ellen and hence a derived given name.

4. Ella is also a popular diminutive for a number of girl's names ending -ella, a few of shich are listed above.  For a full list search on "*ella".