The name Stella is of Latin origin and means "Star." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Stella Adler was a famous acting teacher known for the “Adler Method” of acting. Stella McCartney is daughter to Beatle Paul McCartney and a famous fashion designer in her own right. Singers named Stella include Stella Maessen, Stella vander, and Stella Cornelia.
The most famous Stella from fiction is likely Stella Kowalski from the play and movie, A Streetcar Named Desire where husband Stanley's famous line was shouting out her name, "STELLAAAAAAAH!!!!!"
Stella is also the name of characters in the television shows How I Met Your Mother and CSI:NY.
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