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Gender: F Meaning of Isabella: "pledged to God" Origin of Isabella: Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth, Hebrew Isabella's Popularity in 2013: #4

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Isabella is a major superstar baby girl name, Number 4 on the charts after being the top name for two years running--due at least in some part to the 'Twilight' effect and lead character Isabella 'Bella' Swan.

Isabella has incredible cross-cultural appeal, feeling both modern and traditional, and is popular among parents ranging from Anglophile to Hispanic, and more feminine and romantic than Isabel. An amazing success story for a name that wasn't even in the Top 1000 in the 1980's.

Part of the reason Isabella is so successful is that it appeals in a wide variety of ways to a large number of parents. It's feminine but also classic, has a Latinate history yet is comfortable on the international stage. Some parents choose it to get to the short form Bella, while others prefer to use the irreverent Izzy or Issy, while still others insist on using it in its full four-syllable glory.

Isabella is familiar through various European queens, and was used by Shakespeare in Measure for Measure.

Variations Isabelle and Isabel are also popular, with the Scottish spelling Isobel another possibility. A little further afield is the smoosh name Isabetta, which was chosen by Amber and Rob Mariano.

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Famous People Named Isabella

Isabella Acres, American child actress
Isabella Jane Cruise (b. 1992), daughter of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
Isabella Boylston, American ballet dancer
Isabella Blow, English magazine editor
Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark
Isabella D'Este- Powerful Renaissance Woman
Isabella of Castile, Queen of Castile and Leon (reigned 1474-1504)
Isabella Amora Watson, daughter of actress Jennifer Freeman
Isabella Loggins, daughter of American singer Kenny Loggins
Isabella Patricia (b. 1997), daughter of Lou Diamond Phillips
Isabella Damon (b. 2006), daughter of Matt Damon
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini, Italian actress
Isabella Rack Giannulli (b. 1998), daughter of American actress Lori Loughlin
Isabella Stewart Gardner, art collector and Boston socialite.
Isabella Eve Gad (b. 2014), daughter of Josh Gad
Isabella van Vollenhoven, daughter of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau

Pop Culture References for the Name Isabella

Isabella, song composed by Bossa Nova leader Tom Jobim
Isabella Knightley (nee Woodhouse), character in Jane Austen's Emma
Isabella Thorpe, character in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
Isabella Linton, character in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
Isabella "Bella" Swan, character in Stephenie Meyer's book series Twilight, portrayed by Kristen Stewart.
Isabella Turk, from TV show Scrubs, daughter of Dr. Christopher Turk & Nurse Carla Turk (nee Espinoza)
Isabella Garcia-Shapiro, character on the television series "Phineas and Ferb"
Isabella "Bella", Mia's daughter on Degrassi
Isabella Parigi, character in The Lizzie McGuire Movie