Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth, Hebrew
"pledged to God"

Isabella Origin and Meaning

The name Isabella is girl's name of Hebrew, Spanish, Italian origin meaning "pledged to God".
Isabella is the Latinate form of Isabel, a variation of Elizabeth which originally derived from the Hebrew name Elisheba. Variations Isabelle and Isabel are also popular, with the Scottish spelling Isobel another possibility. Newer alternatives include Sabella and Isabetta.

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.

# 7 in the US

Isabella Rank in US Top 1000

Isabella Popularity

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Famous People Named Isabella

  • Isabella IQueen of Castile
  • Isabella II (born María Isabel Luisa de Borbón y BorbónDos Sicilias), Queen of Spain
  • Isabella of FranceQueen consort of Edward II of England
  • Isabella Clara EugeniaInfanta of Spain, ruler of the Spanish Netherlands, daughter of Philip II of Spain
  • Isabella of AngoulemeQueen consort of John of England
  • Isabella of PortugalHoly Roman Empress consort of Charles V
  • Isabella of PortugalQueen consort of John II of Castile; mother of Isabella I of Castile
  • Isabella of AragonQueen consort of Manuel I of Portugal
  • Isabella of AragonQueen consort of Philip III of France
  • Isabella of AragonQueen consort of Frederick the Fair of Germany
  • Isabella of AustriaQueen consort of Christian II of Denmark, Sweden and Norway
  • Isabella I and IIQueens of Jerusalem
  • Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna RosselliniItalian actress, daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman
  • Isabella AcresAmerican actress
  • Isabella BoylstonAmerican ballerina
  • Isabella TobiasAmerican,born Israeli ice dancer
  • Isabella Delves Broughton BlowEnglish magazine editor
  • Isabella Khair 'Bella' HadidAmerican model and TV personality
  • Isabella Stewart GardnerAmerican art collector and socialite
  • Isabella Mary BeetonEnglish cookbook author
  • Isabella of ArmeniaPrincess of Tyre, daughter of Leo II of Armenia
  • Isabella of SavoyHereditary Princess of Modena
  • Isabella Maria Luisa Antonietta Ferdinanda Giuseppina Saveria Domenica GiovannaPrincess of Parma; granddaughter of Philip V of Spain
  • IsabellaPrincess of Bavaria (Marie Elisabeth Luise Amalie Elvire Blanche Eleonore), Duchess of Genoa
  • Isabella Hedwig Franziska NataliePrincess of Croÿ
  • Isabella Antonie Eleonore Natalie KlementinePrincess of Croÿ
  • Isabella D'EsteMarchesa of Mantua and Renaissance woman
  • Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte AnstrutherGough,Calthorpe, English model/actress
  • Isabella Kai RiceAmerican child actress
  • Isabella "Bella" Loggins (b. 1991)daughter of singer Kenny Loggins
  • Isabella Jane "Bella" Cruise (b. 1992)daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
  • Isabella Anastasiodaughter of musician Trey Anastasio of Phish
  • Isabella Patricia Phillips (b. 1997)daughter of actor Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Isabella Rack Giannulli (b. 1998)daughter of actress Lori Loughlin
  • Isabella 'Bella' Wallington (b. 1999)daughter of actress Tina Hobley and Steve Wallington
  • Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (b. 2002)daughter of Prince Bernhard of Orange,Nassau
  • Isabella Justice Hartley (b. 2004)daughter of actors Justin and Lindsay Hartley
  • Isabella Claire Lachey (b. 2006)daughter of singer Drew Lachey
  • Isabella Damon (b. 2006)daughter of actor Matt Damon
  • Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe (b. 2007)Princess of Denmark; daughter of Crown Prince Frederik
  • Isabella Sophia Gracin (b. 2008)daughter of country music singer Josh Gracin
  • Isabella Amora Watson (b. 2009)daughter of actress Jennifer Freeman and basketball player Earl Watson
  • Isabella Brandie Lilja Foreman (adopted 2009)daughter of boxer George Foreman
  • Isabella Orozco (Blázquez) (b. 2010)daughter of singer Fey and Alonso Orozco
  • Isabella Baredaughter of singer Bobby Bare, Jr.
  • Isabella Mary (b. 2010)daughter of singer Eliza Carthy
  • Isabella Anthonette Jacobs (b. 2011)daughter of TV weather forecasters Rose and Steven Jacobs
  • Isabella Kathryn Coben (b. 2011)daughter of actress Jane Leeves and Marshall Coben
  • Isabella Celico Leite (b. 2011)daughter of Caroline Celico and footballer Kaká
  • Isabella Viking Alt (b. 2012)daughter of DJ and actress Caroline D'Amore and Bobby Alt
  • Isabella Monroe Nguyen (b. 2014)daughter of reality TV personality Tila Tequila
  • Isabella Eve Gad (b. 2014)daughter of actor Josh Gad
  • Isabella Rose Sheppard (b. 2016)daughter of actor Mark Sheppard
  • Isabella Victoria Rooney (b. 2016)daughter of actress Christy Carlton Romano and writer,producer Brendan Rooney
  • Isabelladaughter of YouTubers Bryan & Sarah ("The Crazie Crew")
  • Isabella Faith Pobre (b. 2020)daughter of Stacy Keibler and Jared Pobre

Isabella in Pop Culture

  • Isabella Knightley (nee Woodhouse)character in Jane Austen's "Emma"
  • Isabella Thorpecharacter in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey"
  • Isabella Lintoncharacter in "Wuthering Heights"
  • Isabella Maria Lucia Elisabettacharacter on "Galavant"
  • Isabellacharacter in movie "Read It and Weep"
  • Isabellaa character in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure"
  • Isabellacharacter in "Orlando Furioso" by Torquato Tasso
  • Isabella "Bella" Swancharacter in the Twilight series
  • Isabella Turkcharacter on TV's "Scrubs"
  • Isabella GarciaShapiro, character on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
  • Isabella "Bella" Jonescharacter on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Isabella Parigicharacter in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie"
  • Daisuke "Isabella" Yamamotocharacter in manga "Paradise Kiss"
  • Isabella Braña Williamscharacter on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
  • Isabella "Bella" Hartleycharacter on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
  • Isabella "Izzy" Fuentescharacter on TV's "I'm in the Band"
  • Isabella "Ivy" Valentinecharacter in video game "Soul Calibur"
  • "Isabella" song by Tom Jobim
  • IsabellaAnna's daughter on Freeform's "The Fosters"
  • 'Sensuella Isabella'song by Tomas Ledin
  • "Bring A TorchJeanette, Isabella", French Christmas Carol
  • Isabella Camherst/Trentmain character in The Natural History of Dragons book series by Marie Brennan
  • Isabellaantagonist in the manga/anime series "The Promised Neverland"