Meaning: “ash tree.”
The name was created by Italian writer Gabriele d’Annunzio for his 1904 novel La Figlia di Jorio. It is believed to be derived from the Tuscan word for “ash tree.”
It is most famously borne by Italian actress, Ornella Muti (b.1955).
It is currently the 49th most popular female name in Argentina, (2009) and the 316th most popular in France.
A Romanian and Greek form is Ornela.