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Origin: Cyprus
Region Origin: Western Asia

The name Stella has its origins in Latin and Italian, meaning "star". It dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used in descriptions of the Virgin Mary, such as Stella Maris for "star of the sea" and Stella Coeli for "star of the sky". The name has a celestial and feminine connotation, making it a popular choice for many celebrities, including Matt Damon, Ellen Pompeo, and Tori Spelling, who have bestowed it on their daughters. The name Stella gained popularity in English-speaking countries after it was first used by 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney in his sonnet sequence "Astrophel and Stella". The name has since been used in various literary and artistic contexts, such as Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire". With its timeless and elegant appeal, Stella remains a well-used and highly regarded name for girls.

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