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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 2014: #4

Isabella is a major superstar baby girl name, Number 4 on the charts after being the top name for two years running- from 2009 to 2010--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.

Famous People Named Isabella

Isabella II, Queen of Spain (reigned 1833-1868), named after Isabel of Castile,
Isabella of France, Queen of England, wife of Edward II
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini, Italian actress, daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman
Isabella Clara Eugenia, Infanta of Spain, ruler of the Spanish Netherlands, daughter of Philip II of Spain
Isabella of Angoulême, Queen of England, wife of King John
Isabella of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress
Isabella Acres, American actress
Isabella Boylston, American ballerina
Isabella Blow, English magazine editor
Isabella Stewart Gardner, American art collector and socialite
Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe, Princess of Denmark
Isabella D'Este, Marchesa of Mantua and Renaissance woman
Isabella Amora Watson, daughter of actress Jennifer Freeman
Isabella Loggins, daughter of American singer Kenny Loggins
Isabella Jane Cruise (b. 1992), daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
Isabella Patricia (b. 1997), daughter of actor Lou Diamond Phillips
Isabella Damon (b. 2006), daughter of actor Matt Damon
Isabella Rack Giannulli (b. 1998), daughter of actress Lori Loughlin
Isabella Eve Gad (b. 2014), daughter of actor Josh Gad
Isabella van Vollenhoven, daughter of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau
Isabella Anastasio, daughter of Phish musician Trey Anastasio
Isabella Rose Sheppard (b. 3/1/2016), daughter of "Supernatural" actor Mark Sheppard
Isabella, daughter of YouTubers Brian & Sarah ("The Crazie Crew")

Pop Culture References for the name Isabella

Isabella Knightley (nee Woodhouse), character in Jane Austen's "Emma"
Isabella Thorpe, character in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey"
Isabella Linton, character in "Wuthering Heights"
Isabella, character in movie "Read It and Weep"
Isabella, a character in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"
Isabella, character in "Orlando Furioso" by Torquato Tasso
Isabella "Bella" Swan, character in the Twilight series
Isabella Turk, character on TV's "Scrubs"
Isabella Garcia-Shapiro, character on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
Isabella "Bella" Jones, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Isabella Parigi, character in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie"
Daisuke "Isabella" Yamamoto, character in manga "Paradise Kiss"
Isabella Braña Williams, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Isabella "Bella" Hartley, character on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
Isabella "Izzy" Fuentes, character on TV's "I'm in the Band"
Isabella "Ivy" Valentine, character in video game "Soul Calibur"
"Isabella," song by Tom Jobim
Isobel Katherine "Izzie" Stevens, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"