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  1. Hellanoun

    Any of various place names (see Wikipedia for places with this name).

  2. Etymology: Shortened form, or elision, of phrases like "hell have", approximating casual speech in writing.


  1. Hella

    Hella is an American slang term that originated in the San Francisco East Bay Area. It is used as an intensifying adverb such as in "hella bad" or "hella good" and was eventually added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2002. It is possibly a contraction of the phrase "hell of a" or "hell of a lot [of]", in turn reduced to "hell of", though some scholars doubt this etymology since its grammatical usage does not align with those phrases. It often appears in place of the words "really", "a lot", "totally", "very", and in some cases, "yes". Whereas hell of a is generally used with a noun, according to linguist Pamela Munro, hella is primarily used to modify an adjective such as "good".According to lexicographer Allan A. Metcalf, the word is a marker of northern California dialect. According to Colleen Cotter, "Southern Californians know the term ... but rarely use it." Sometimes the term grippa is used to mock "NorCal" dialect, with the actual meaning being the opposite of hella.

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  1. hellaadverb noun

    A hell of a lot. "Mark Henry's Hella fat" -- Twista featuring Todd Nitty (Pray For Me)

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HELLA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hella is ranked #95955 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hella surname appeared 190 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hella.

    95.2% or 181 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hella in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hella in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hella in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    An orphan's curse would drag to HellA spirit from on highBut oh More horrible than thatIs the curse in a dead man's eye.

  2. Blake Sheltonsurprised:

    I’m doing my normal, you know, what I think is rockin’. Standing up there with my acoustic guitar in front of my stand and singing my songs, i had my band work up one of her songs, ‘Hella Good.’ And I thought ‘Man, that’d be so cool to have her come out and surprise.’ It’s the worst thing I could have done because all it did was make me look terrible.

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