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 Literary Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That?------------girls!".
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Everything ella, from Ella to Bella to Arabella, is red hot right now. Bella was one of the less overused examples, with the hint of a nice Old World grandmotherly veneer, until it became attached to Twilight's Bella Swan. Iif 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.
Bella was in use as far back as the thirteenth century, then disappeared until the eighteenth when it became fashionable.
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