Even though it’s now commonly known as a nickname for Ellen or Eleanor, Ella’s actually a name in its own right. It’s taken from the Germanic root Ali, which means “other.” Or, to put it much more wonderfully -- “fairy maiden.” And it’s far more popular than the ranking shows -- a little girl simply named Ella will be joined by tons of Ella-short-for-Elizabeth-or-Isabellas (both names are ranked even higher than Ella). And the way we see it, this pretty name is going nowhere but up. It ranked as high as 13 in the 1880s but then started sloping downward…and while it’s now making a huge comeback, it still hasn’t reached that peak position of yesteryear -- which we predict it will far surpass in the next few years. John Travolta, Ben Stiller, Annette Bening, and tons more celebs agree -- they’ve all got little Ellas of their own.