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Gender: F Meaning of Bella: "beautiful" Origin of Bella: Diminutive of Isabella, Italian Bella's Popularity in 2013: #58

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Everything ella, from Ella to Bella to Arabella, is red hot right now. Bella was one of the less overused examples, with the hint of a nice Old World grandmotherly veneer, until it became attached to Twilight's Bella Swan. Bella shot up the charts in 2009, jumping 64 spots to number 58, where it's now holding steady. Though if you're thinking of naming your daughter Bella, be aware that there are a lot of little girls whose proper names are Isabella, Arabella etc. who are called Bella.

In pre-Twilight literature, Bella Wilfer is the central character in Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.

Mark Ruffalo, Billy Bob Thornton and Eddie Murphy are all dads to Bellas. A strong feminist namesake is Bella Abzug.

Bella was in use as far back as the thirteenth century, then disappeared until the eighteenth when it became fashionable.

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Famous People Named Bella

Annabella "Bella" Thorne, American actress
Bella Abzug, U.S. Congresswoman from New York
Bella Monroe James, daughter of rapper Juelz sanchez
Bella Vita Bardot Boreanaz, daughter of actor David Boreanaz
Bella Wayans, daughter of actor Keenen Ivory Wayans
Bella Cruise, daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Pop Culture References for the Name Bella

Bellatrix 'Bella' Lestrange, character in Harry Potter series
Bella Goth, character in "The Sims" video game series
Bella Monroe, character in the video game Siren: Blood Curse
Bella, character in play "Lost in Yonkers" by Neil Simon
Bella, character in TV series "Young Americans"
Isabella 'Bella' Hartley, mermaid from "H2O: Just Add Water"
Isabella 'Bella' Swan, main character in the Twilight series

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