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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 child actress
Bella Abzug, American congresswoman
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

Pop Culture References for the Name Bella

Bellatrix 'Bella' Lestrange, Harry Potter series
Bella Goth, character in EA's popular "Sims" franchise
Bella Monroe, character in the video game Siren: Blood Curse
Bella from the play Lost in Yonkers (Neil Simon)
Bella, from the TV series "Young Americans"
Isabella 'Bella' Hartley, mermaid protagonist from H2O: Just Add Water
Isabella 'Bella' Swan, main protagonist from Twilight
Can be a nn for Elizabella and Annabella

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