Ella is most likely a diminutive of Eleanor. Eleanor most likely originates in Greek language and means "sympathy, compassion". Some sources also suggest a Latin origin and the meaning "one who heals". Eleanor was the name of several queens, as well as princesses. The most famous bearer in history was probably Eleanor of Aquitaine, the queen consort of France and England in the 12th century. More recently, the name was popularized by Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States.