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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:09 am
Anyone know what the name Ella means? Or is it a name from Tanach or just random?
And if I give the name any cute nicknames that could work?
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:25 am
I believe it can be a Yiddish name, the meaning of which I do not know.
In biblical Hebrew, I believe it is a name of a type of tree but in modern Hebrew it can also mean goddess, so not so appropriate for a religious Jewish girl.
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:26 am
A lot of Ella's I know are really Daniella or Ariella etc.
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:27 am
Don’t know what it means but you can do Ellie as a cute nickname.
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:28 am
amother Geranium wrote:
A lot of Ella's I know are really Daniella or Ariella etc.


This is a grandmother who was Ella. Only naming after if we understand what name means.
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:29 am
amother Orchid wrote:
Don’t know what it means but you can do Ellie as a cute nickname.


Dunno why but it sounds like boyish nickname name Eli
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:29 am
Wasn’t one of the daughters in All of a kind Family named Ella?
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:30 am
amother OP wrote:
This is a grandmother who was Ella. Only naming after if we understand what name means.


Ella in hebrew?
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:31 am
Dunno if its hebrew or Yiddish.
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:32 am
Ayla is a type of tree referenced in TaNaCH. Ella would be defined as ‘rather’ or ‘except.’ It’s not a person’s name in TaNaCH.
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:32 am
Ella is already a short and cute name, so why the need for a nickname?

Not so funny story: I have a cousin who named her daughter Ella because she liked the name. Our grandmother was extremely upset because she associated the name Ella with an abusive kapo in Auschwitz. The family had no idea and the baby had already been named. B"H our grandmother was eventually able to calm down and call the adorable baby by her name and now hopefully has a much better association with the name.
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:33 am
https://www.imamother.com/foru.....05043
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:34 am
Ella is a German Yiddish name. Why would you punish your grandmother by not naming after her if she had a Yiddish instead of a Biblical name? I could see if it was one of those old fashioned hard to pronounce names that you wouldn’t want to saddle a child with, but this one’s pretty and not a name anyone would mispronounce or make fun of. I also don’t see why a simple four letter name with two short syllables needs a nickname. Yerachmiel Zecharia Leibush needs a nickname. Ella doesn’t. Just my two cents.
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:34 am
Thanks everybody for replying. In other words Ella has no meaning whatsoever.
I will not name my baby a meaningless name.
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:35 am
According to Wikipedia Ella means Goddess in Modern Hebrew .

It is also so kind of tree in Hebrew. (Saw that somewhere else)
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:36 am
amother Lightcoral wrote:
Ella is a German Yiddish name. Why would you punish your grandmother by not naming after her if she had a Yiddish instead of a Biblical name? I could see if it was one of those old fashioned hard to pronounce names that you wouldn’t want to saddle a child with, but this one’s pretty and not a name anyone would mispronounce or make fun of. I also don’t see why a simple four letter name with two short syllables needs a nickname. Yerachmiel Zecharia Leibush needs a nickname. Ella doesn’t. Just my two cents.


But even a bunch of Yiddish names have a meaning behind it. This sounds meaningless.
And I'm not punishing anyone as far as I know shes dead. If anything I would give the name to keep the connection....
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:36 am
Some sources say the name comes from an old German word alia, meaning "all," or alja meaning "other," while others point to modern Hebrew, where Ella means "goddess," and also "terebinth tree." And Ella is a Spanish personal pronoun meaning "she" and "her." Ella is most commonly pronounced "el-luh."
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:40 am
It is a kind of tree in tanach.
It’s also often a form of Elka in Yiddish.
Some use it as feminine of Eli (eliyahu)
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:41 am
Highstrung wrote:
Some sources say the name comes from an old German word alia, meaning "all," or alja meaning "other," while others point to modern Hebrew, where Ella means "goddess," and also "terebinth tree." And Ella is a Spanish personal pronoun meaning "she" and "her." Ella is most commonly pronounced "el-luh."


Hebrew name Ella has nothing to do with the Spanish word Ella for she, which is pronounced Eyah
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amother
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Post Mon, Jun 05 2023, 9:42 am
amother OP wrote:
Dunno why but it sounds like boyish nickname name Eli


Lots of Elishevas nicknamed Eli.....
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