Alternatives to Isabella

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Isabella is one of the classic baby names that are hugely popular right now — perhaps too popular for you. You may love Isabella for its femininity, multiple syllables, or Italian roots — maybe all three! — but be looking for a name that will make your daughter stand out from the crowd.

Along with other -ella names such as Gabriella and Annabella, other alternatives to Isabella in the US Top 500 include Alessandra, Arabella, Aurora, Camilla, Eliana, Francesca, Luciana, and Valentina. Popular names in Italy that mimic Isabella’s qualities include Ginevra, Chiara, Vittoria, and Alessia.

There are a lot of things to love about Isabella, although its popularity among Americans may not be one of them. If you adore Isabella but want something more distinctive, consider one of these alternate baby names.

  • Adriana

    This a-ending feminine form of Adrian, from the northern Italian city of Adria, is a soft and lovely Italian choice. It appears as a character in Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. ... Read More 

  • Alessandra

    This softened version is even prettier than the original. Read More 

  • Alessia

    Young Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara has given this spicy-sounding name a new lease on life, propelling it into the Top 1000 in 2016. (It was one of the year's fastest-rising girls' names.) The... Read More 

  • Allegra

    In music, the term allegro means "quickly, lively tempo," which makes this quintessential Bohemian ballet dancer's name all the more appealing. Allegra is one of the most distinctive yet... Read More 

  • Alondra

    A Spanish TV show made this one popular, along with single-named Mexican singer, Alondra. Read More 

  • Amabella

    Amabella is an elaboration of Amabel, a popular medieval name. Neil Gaiman and Liane Moriarty used Amabella as a character name in their novels, The Graveyard Book and Big Little... Read More 

  • Amara

    Amara is the Italian word for bitter, from the same root as Mary and Miriam. It has separate roots in West Africa as a name that means “grace” in the Igbo language. These two meanings are the... Read More 

  • Analia

    Analia is a melodic newcomer to the US Top 1000, a fresher spin on the Olde Worlde Anamaria. It charted in the US from 2009 to 2012, and then reentered the popularity list in 2015. El Rostro... Read More 

  • Anastasia

    Anastasia is the feminine form on Anastasius, a Greek name derived from the word anastasis, meaning “resurrection.” It was a common name among early Christians, who often gave it to... Read More 

  • Angelica

    Angelica is by far the choicest form of the angelic names -- more delicate than Angelina, more feminine than Angel, more modern than Angela. But though Angelica is so lacy and poetic, it lags... Read More 

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