The name Isabella is a girl's name of Hebrew, Spanish, Italian origin meaning "pledged to God". Isabella is ranked #4 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "How many ____s do you know?".
From the experts:
Isabella is a major superstar among popular girls' names. Isabella was the top girls' name in the US for two years running- from 2009 to 2010--due at least in part to the 'Twilight' effect and lead character Isabella 'Bella' Swan.
Isabella has incredible cross-cultural appeal, feeling both modern and traditional, and is popular among parents ranging from Anglophile to Hispanic, and more feminine and romantic than Isabel. An amazing success story for a name that wasn't even in the Top 1000 in the 1980's.
Part of the reason Isabella is so successful is that it appeals in a wide variety of ways to a large number of parents. It's feminine but also classic, has a long history as a royal and classic Spanish name for girls yet is comfortable on the international stage. 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.
Isabella is familiar through various European queens, and was used by Shakespeare in Measure for Measure.
Variations Isabelle and Isabel are also popular, with the Scottish spelling Isobel another possibility. A little further afield is the smoosh name Isabetta, which was chosen by Amber and Rob Mariano.
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