How many women do you know named Ella? U.S. forward Ella Masar doesn’t know too many. She did coach an Under-9 girl named Ella and apparently one of the “contestants” on “The Bachelor” was named Ella, but according to the USA’s Ella, the Bachelor’s Ella “didn’t do the name justice.”
So how did Ella get her name? It’s a pretty interesting story. You see, Ella and her three siblings are all named after musicians/performers. Older sister Seredy (28) is named after a famous opera singer. She’s actually a music teacher who used to work in inner city Chicago, she sings in a choir and has in fact sung opera. Brother Tyson (26) is named after a famous bass player, and yes, he actually plays the bass. Ella, who shares an apartment in Chicago with him, says they have a huge bass in their living room.
Ella was named after the great Ella Fitzgerald and her twin sister Liza was named after legendary Liza Minnelli.
Why the musical theme? Well, parents are very much engrossed in the arts and attend a jazz performance or some sort of concert four or five times a week. Her mother Shelly has two master’s degrees from Illinois, one in dance and one in English, and along with her father Terry, a former college football player at Illinois, they used to run a local jazz club in Champaign, Ill., called Nature’s Table. Music has always played a big part in the lives of the Masars.
But there’s more.
As her mom’s first name starts with an S and her dad’s starts with a T, they named their first two kids with an S (Seredy) and a T (Tyson) as well.
When Ella was little, she found out that her parents wanted to try to keep the S and T tradition going and planned to name her and her sister -- wait for it -- Sachie and Timmony.
Said Ella: “That’s because you thought we were going to be boys, right?”
No, said her mom. Those were going to be girls’ names. Her parents just changed their mind at the last minute.
So, the kids have embraced and learned to love their names and the stories behind them, but that doesn’t mean they escaped unscathed. Take a gander at their middle names:
Seredy Telford (which was quickly dropped when she was married last year)
Liza FosterSo if you are at a Chicago Red Stars match during the next WPS season, and yell, “Go Sachie Go!” Ella Masar just might turn around.