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Gender: Female Meaning of Bella: "beautiful" Origin of Bella: Diminutive of Isabella, Italian Bella's Popularity in 2017: #50

The name Bella is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "beautiful". Bella is ranked #50 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Beautiful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

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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Famous People Named Bella

Bella Abzug, U.S. Congresswoman from New York
Bella Freud, English fashion designer
Bella Pilar, American illustrator
Isabella Khair "Bella" Hadid, American model
Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne, American actress
Arwen Arabella "Bella" Hardy, English folk singer
Isabella "Bella" Heathcote, Australian actress
Bella Becker, birth name of Belle Baker, American singer and actress
Bella Lewitzky, American choreographer
Bella Rosenfeld Chagall, Belarusian novelist; wife of painter Marc Chagall
Bella Cohen Spewack, American playwright and screenwriter
Isabella "Bella" Loggins, daughter of singer Kenny Loggins
Isabella Jane "Bella" Cruise, daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
Isabella "Bella" Giannulli, daughter of actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli
Isabella 'Bella' Wallington, daughter of actress Tina Hobley and Steve Wallington
Bella Ivory Aziza Wayans, daughter of actors Keenen Ivory and Daphne Wayans
Bella Zahra Murphy, daughter of actor Eddie Murphy
Bella Thornton, daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton and Connie Angland
Bella Noche Ruffalo (b. 2005), daughter of actor Mark Ruffalo
Bella Blu Ray (b. 2008), daughter of bodybuilder Shawn Ray
Bella Vita Bardot Boreanaz (b. 2009), daughter of actor David Boreanaz
Bella Rose Lambert (b. 2013), daughter of footballer Rickie Lambert
Bella Monroe James (b. 2012), daughter of rapper Juelz Santana and model Kimbella
Bella Tatum Poor (b. 2013), daughter of skater Naomi Nari Nam and Tyler Poor
Bella Meskhi (b. 2015), daughter of actors Ekaterina Klimova and Gela Meskhi
Bella Raine Jeter (b. 2017), daughter of Derek and Hannah Jetter
Luca Bella Facinelli, daughter of actors Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli
Kaiya Bella Luna Stormare (b. 2009), daughter of actor Peter Stormare
Cai Bella Bridges (b. 2011), daughter of rapper Ludacris

Pop Culture References for the name Bella

Isabella Marie "Bella" Swan, main character in the Twilight Saga
Bellatrix "Bella" Lestrange, character in the Harry Potter series
Bella Monroe, character in the video game Siren: Blood Curse
Bella, character in play "Lost in Yonkers" by Neil Simon
Bella, character on TV's "Young Americans"
Isabella "Bella" Hartley, mermaid on TV series "H2O: Just Add Water"
Bella Goth (nee Bachelor), character in "The Sims" (1-4) video/computer games
Isabella Jane "Bella" Cooper, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Bella of Brockhall, badger character in the Redwall series
Bella Dawson, main character on TV's "Bella and the Bulldogs"
Bella Sharpe, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Bella Moriarty Spellgrove, character in "Sherlock Holmes: The Musical"
Bella, minor character in the Game of Thrones series
Bella Rose King, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Bella, character in the Warriors series
Bella Crossley, character on TV's "Evermoor"
Bella, character in Erin Hunter's "Survivors" book series
Bella Donna Boudreaux, character in Marvel's X-Men comics

Bella, Bellette, Bell, Belia, Bela


CJ Says:


What about Belle lol? Would that be better?

MargotBear Says:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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

indiefendi2 Says:


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

DudeWheresMyCountry Says:


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:


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

LavenderLullabies Says:


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:


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:


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:


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

debd14 Says:


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

Felderkirk Says:


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

Felderkirk Says:


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:


my least favorite name in the world

Guest Says:


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:


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:


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.