US Popularity:2961
Other Origin(s):German
Meaning:Happy; Blessed; Grey battle-maid
Zella is a girl’s name and a unique choice for baby. While variants of Zella appear in numerous languages and cultures, it is most often associated with name Zelda, the feminine version of the Yiddish name Selig, meaning “happy” or “blessed.” Zelda is also a diminutive of the Germanic Griselda, which means “grey battle-maid.” While the former meaning is a sweet reminder of the blessing baby is in your life, the latter will serve as an inspiration for the strong woman baby will grow to be.

Zella Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Zella is currently #1792 on The Bump
Girl:Zella is currently #1271 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Zella is currently #2961 in U.S. births
Girl:Zella is currently #1596 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 150
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Behind the Name, Zelda (1), April 2019

  • Behind the Name, Zelda (2), June 2023

  • Behind the Name, Zelig

  • WordSense, selig

  • Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Griselda

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Griselda, October 2017

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