Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth, Hebrew
"pledged to God"

Isabella Origin and Meaning

The name Isabella is a girl's name of Hebrew, Spanish, Italian origin meaning "pledged to God".

Isabella has been a Top 10 name for girls in the US for two decades now. The Latinate form of Isabel, a variation of Elizabeth which originally derived from the Hebrew name Elisheba, Isabella reigned as Number 1 in 2009 and 2010.

>Isabella, which feels both modern and traditional, has incredible cross-cultural appeal to parents from a range of religious and ethnic backgrounds. It's feminine but also substantial, with a long history as a royal and classic name comfortable on the international stage.

Isabella is of course wildly popular in both the English and Spanish speaking worlds, but it also ranks among the Top 100 girls' names in a wide range of western countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia.

Isabella's success is due at least in part to the 'Twilight' effect and lead character Isabella 'Bella' Swan. 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.

Variations Isabelle and Isabel are also popular, with the Scottish spelling Isobel another possibility. Newer alternatives include Sabella and Isabetta.

Isabella is familiar through various European queens, including the Queen of Spain who funded Christopher Columbus, and was used by Shakespeare in Measure for Measure.

# 7 in the US

Isabella Rank in US Top 1000

# 57 on Nameberry

Isabella Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Isabella Popularity

Famous People Named Isabella

  • Isabella IQueen of Castile
  • Isabella II (born María Isabel Luisa de Borbón y BorbónDos Sicilias), Queen of Spain
  • Isabella of FranceQueen consort of Edward II of England
  • Isabella Clara EugeniaInfanta of Spain, ruler of the Spanish Netherlands, daughter of Philip II of Spain
  • Isabella of AngoulemeQueen consort of John of England
  • Isabella of PortugalHoly Roman Empress consort of Charles V
  • Isabella of PortugalQueen consort of John II of Castile; mother of Isabella I of Castile
  • Isabella of AragonQueen consort of Manuel I of Portugal
  • Isabella of AragonQueen consort of Philip III of France
  • Isabella of AragonQueen consort of Frederick the Fair of Germany
  • Isabella of AustriaQueen consort of Christian II of Denmark, Sweden and Norway
  • Isabella I and IIQueens of Jerusalem
  • Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna RosselliniItalian actress, daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman
  • Isabella AcresAmerican actress
  • Isabella BoylstonAmerican ballerina
  • Isabella TobiasAmerican,born Israeli ice dancer
  • Isabella Delves Broughton BlowEnglish magazine editor
  • Isabella Khair 'Bella' HadidAmerican model and TV personality
  • Isabella Stewart GardnerAmerican art collector and socialite
  • Isabella Mary BeetonEnglish cookbook author
  • Isabella of ArmeniaPrincess of Tyre, daughter of Leo II of Armenia
  • Isabella of SavoyHereditary Princess of Modena
  • Isabella Maria Luisa Antonietta Ferdinanda Giuseppina Saveria Domenica GiovannaPrincess of Parma; granddaughter of Philip V of Spain
  • IsabellaPrincess of Bavaria (Marie Elisabeth Luise Amalie Elvire Blanche Eleonore), Duchess of Genoa
  • Isabella Hedwig Franziska NataliePrincess of Croÿ
  • Isabella Antonie Eleonore Natalie KlementinePrincess of Croÿ
  • Isabella D'EsteMarchesa of Mantua and Renaissance woman
  • Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte AnstrutherGough,Calthorpe, English model/actress
  • Isabella Kai RiceAmerican child actress
  • Isabella "Bella" Loggins (b. 1991)daughter of singer Kenny Loggins
  • Isabella Jane "Bella" Cruise (b. 1992)daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
  • Isabella Anastasiodaughter of musician Trey Anastasio of Phish
  • Isabella Patricia Phillips (b. 1997)daughter of actor Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Isabella Rack Giannulli (b. 1998)daughter of actress Lori Loughlin
  • Isabella 'Bella' Wallington (b. 1999)daughter of actress Tina Hobley and Steve Wallington
  • Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (b. 2002)daughter of Prince Bernhard of Orange,Nassau
  • Isabella Justice Hartley (b. 2004)daughter of actors Justin and Lindsay Hartley
  • Isabella Claire Lachey (b. 2006)daughter of singer Drew Lachey
  • Isabella Damon (b. 2006)daughter of actor Matt Damon
  • Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe (b. 2007)Princess of Denmark; daughter of Crown Prince Frederik
  • Isabella Sophia Gracin (b. 2008)daughter of country music singer Josh Gracin
  • Isabella Amora Watson (b. 2009)daughter of actress Jennifer Freeman and basketball player Earl Watson
  • Isabella Brandie Lilja Foreman (adopted 2009)daughter of boxer George Foreman
  • Isabella Orozco (Blázquez) (b. 2010)daughter of singer Fey and Alonso Orozco
  • Isabella Baredaughter of singer Bobby Bare, Jr.
  • Isabella Mary (b. 2010)daughter of singer Eliza Carthy
  • Isabella Anthonette Jacobs (b. 2011)daughter of TV weather forecasters Rose and Steven Jacobs
  • Isabella Kathryn Coben (b. 2011)daughter of actress Jane Leeves and Marshall Coben
  • Isabella Celico Leite (b. 2011)daughter of Caroline Celico and footballer Kaká
  • Isabella Viking Alt (b. 2012)daughter of DJ and actress Caroline D'Amore and Bobby Alt
  • Isabella Monroe Nguyen (b. 2014)daughter of reality TV personality Tila Tequila
  • Isabella Eve Gad (b. 2014)daughter of actor Josh Gad
  • Isabella Rose Sheppard (b. 2016)daughter of actor Mark Sheppard
  • Isabella Victoria Rooney (b. 2016)daughter of actress Christy Carlton Romano and writer,producer Brendan Rooney
  • Isabelladaughter of YouTubers Bryan & Sarah ("The Crazie Crew")
  • Isabella Faith Pobre (b. 2020)daughter of Stacy Keibler and Jared Pobre

Isabella in Pop Culture

  • Isabella Knightley (nee Woodhouse)character in Jane Austen's "Emma"
  • Isabella Thorpecharacter in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey"
  • Isabella Lintoncharacter in "Wuthering Heights"
  • Isabella Maria Lucia Elisabettacharacter on "Galavant"
  • Isabellacharacter in movie "Read It and Weep"
  • Isabellaa character in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"
  • Isabellacharacter in "Orlando Furioso" by Torquato Tasso
  • Isabella "Bella" Swancharacter in the Twilight series
  • Isabella Turkcharacter on TV's "Scrubs"
  • Isabella GarciaShapiro, character on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
  • Isabella "Bella" Jonescharacter on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Isabella Parigicharacter in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie"
  • Daisuke "Isabella" Yamamotocharacter in manga "Paradise Kiss"
  • Isabella Braña Williamscharacter on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
  • Isabella "Bella" Hartleycharacter on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
  • Isabella "Izzy" Fuentescharacter on TV's "I'm in the Band"
  • Isabella "Ivy" Valentinecharacter in video game "Soul Calibur"
  • "Isabella" song by Tom Jobim
  • IsabellaAnna's daughter on Freeform's "The Fosters"
  • 'Sensuella Isabella'song by Tomas Ledin
  • "Bring A TorchJeanette, Isabella", French Christmas Carol
  • Isabella Camherst/Trentmain character in The Natural History of Dragons book series by Marie Brennan
  • Isabellaantagonist in the manga/anime series "The Promised Neverland"

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