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 Girl Names That Mean Beautiful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Drop 2 Add 1 pick a fave that can't be dropped".
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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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