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Gender: Female Meaning of Bella: "beautiful" Origin of Bella: Diminutive of Isabella, Italian Bella's Popularity in 2018: #48

The name Bella is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "beautiful". Bella is ranked #48 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Beautiful and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Everything ella, from Ella to Bella to Arabella, is red hot right now. Bella is one of the most, well, beautiful girl names starting with B. It carried a hint of a nice Old World grandmotherly veneer, until it became attached to Twilight's Bella Swan.

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, David Boreanaz and Eddie Murphy are all dads to Bellas. A strong feminist namesake is Bella Abzug. One current Bella is child star turned pop star Bella Thorne, born Annabella.

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

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Popularity

Bella is #344 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Bella

Pop Culture References for the name Bella

Bella, Bell, Bellette, Belia, Bela

Comments

CJ Says:

2018-10-10T10:45:40

What about Belle lol? Would that be better?

MargotBear Says:

2018-04-27T20:04:23

I really like this name!!! However I know two people named Bella - one is named Bella-Rose and is very kind and sweet, the other isn’t so nice. As well as this, I ended up sitting at a table with a Belle, Bella, Arabella and Mirabelle! I think Belle/Bella could be coming back into popularity. One of my sisters is called Belle so I have naturally always like it more than Bella. Despite this I still love the name!

seafoamxox Says:

2017-10-20T00:25:26

My name is Isabella and I hate it. I mostly go by Bella and though I prefer it greatly over Isabella, I still hate it lol

scblovesnames Says:

2017-05-23T02:27:42

I must have been thinking about this name before I found out I was pregnant with my second child, another boy. Not the top of the list but definitely still a pretty name.

kellantryst Says:

2017-05-14T10:03:31

It is pretty but so overused, at least for a first name. Also I know way too many pets named Bella so I think of it as a dog or cat name.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:

2017-01-26T21:54:35

It's quite pretty, but I know a bunch of dogs called Bella.

indiefendi2 Says:

2016-12-24T02:51:58

every Bella I encounter is RUDE. I don't know why it is..

DudeWheresMyCountry Says:

2016-12-08T11:42:33

One of the worst names ive ever heard. If i had a pet pig bella might seem a fitting name. For a human hell no. gross name to name a girl..

roseofjune Says:

2016-08-27T15:25:08

Am I the only one who can't shake the word "belly" when looking at Bella?

LavenderLullabies Says:

2016-08-10T08:40:00

Beautiful, albeit overused name. There's a lot of fresher alternatives I'd prefer to use with Bella as a nickname just because I know so many Bellas - Arabella, Belladonna, Belamy, Isobella, Mirabella, Rosabella, etc.

JTB Ohlson Says:

2016-03-17T01:37:23

I hated this name. My husband picked it for our daughters first name though. I got to pick the middle.
She is almost 6 now and she loves her name so much. Surprisingly there aren't that many Bellas. And it fits her well. And is a pleasing name to say and hear.
So weird as it is I would not have picked the name, because I didn't like it, but it is the perfect name for her.

TheHumanCanvas Says:

2015-08-19T19:28:27

I used to think this name was off-limits since it got swept up by the 'Twilight' craze, but today Bella feels useable again. Which is good, because I kind of love it :)

scblovesnames Says:

2015-04-19T01:37:33

Blah? No. A short, sweet name or nickname.

debd14 Says:

2015-01-07T14:39:53

Very blah. Between the Bellas and Ellas and Isabellas this feels very overdone.

Felderkirk Says:

2015-01-07T08:51:08

I like this name. This name has been given the Felderkirk 'Official Seal of Approval'.

Felderkirk Says:

2015-01-07T08:50:10

Where I live, you can't move for "Ella's". Every 2nd wanker has named his kid "Ella". I prefer "Bella" - it's an ace name in my opinion.

arizonawinnie Says:

2014-12-30T20:53:36

my least favorite name in the world

Guest Says:

2014-09-03T04:57:50

I used to hate this name because of it's corniness (naming your daughter "beautiful") and popularity (especially back in the Twilight era) but now I've come to appreciate it and would put it in the middle at least.

Alicia1 Says:

2014-09-03T04:23:38

I agree that this name is just so overused, it has lost its charm for me. There are so many other more unique names, parents please try a little harder.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-05-09T01:02:44

Am I the only person who thinks this name is just meh? Any previous beauty has been drained by its overuse. I much prefer Belle or Ella.