Alternatives to Isabella

Some wonderful alternatives to lovely Isabella (and also Isabelle, etc.) These alternatives are based on sound and image.
  1. Aaliyah
    • Origin:

      Variation of Aliya, Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "heavens, highborn, exalted"
    • Description:

      Both powerful and pretty, with a melodic sound, Aaliyah joins Layla, Lila, Dana, and Farrah as a name of Arabic origin that is also popular in the English-speaking world.
  2. Abella
    • Origin:

      French, meaning 'breath'
    • Description:

      A pretty name heard in the Louisiana Cajun community, Abella would fit right in with all the other, more familiar, bella names.
  3. Adelina
    • Origin:

      Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Slavic variation of Adeline
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Adelina is back in the Top 1000 after an absence of nearly a century, thanks to the meteoric rise of her sister name Adeline -- along with Adelaide, Adele, and Ada. Some parents choose Adelina because they want to get to cute vintage nickname Addie, but others favor it as a slightly more unusual form of this sweet vintage girls' name. A lot of attention was focused on it recently via the women's figure skating gold medal winner at the Sochi winter olympics--Adelina Sotnikova.

      While Adeline is usually pronounced in the U.S. with a long i in the last syllable, to rhyme with mine, Adelina is pronounced with the long e sound at the end, as in 'lee-na'.

  4. Adriana
    • Origin:

      Latin, feminine variation of Adrian
    • Meaning:

      "man of Adria"
    • Description:

      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.
  5. Aisha
    • Origin:

      Arabic; Swahili
    • Meaning:

      "living, prosperous"
    • Description:

      Aisha was Muhammad's favorite wife, making this lovely name and its myriad variations hugely popular among Muslims and also African-Americans. It's been energized by TV personality Aisha Tyler. Pronunciation is usually eye-EE-sha but some say ay-sha.
  6. Aldabella
    • Alejandra
      • Origin:

        Spanish variation of Alexandra
      • Meaning:

        "defending men"
      • Description:

        Alejandra, the Spanish form of this popular and multivaried name, has fans both in and outside the Latino community. Still, it has lost ground since its peak in the 1990s.
    • Alessandra
      • Origin:

        Italian and Spanish variation of Alexandra
      • Meaning:

        "defending men"
      • Description:

        This softened version is even prettier than the original.
    • Alessia
      • Origin:

        Italian variation of Alexis
      • Meaning:

        "defending warrior"
      • Description:

        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 main risk is that it feels so close to Alexa, Alicia, Alexis and Alyssa-- all becoming overused -- that it could be mistaken for one of those more familiar names.
    • Alicia
      • Origin:

        Spanish variation of Alice
      • Meaning:

        "noble"
      • Description:

        Alicia is a Latinized variation of Alice, a name ultimately derived from the German Adalhaidis. It emerged in the 19th century, but the 20th saw many spelling evolutions for Alicia, including Alecia, Alisha, Aleesha, and Alysha. Alyssa originated as a form of Alicia.
    • Alina
      • Origin:

        Slavic
      • Meaning:

        "bright, beautiful"
      • Description:

        Alina has been drifting up the US popularity charts since the early 1980s, now nearing the Top 100. But Alina's real strength is in its international flexibility: The name ranks highly in a wide range of European, English speaking, and Latin American countries.
    • Allison
      • Origin:

        Scottish, diminutive of Alice
      • Meaning:

        "noble"
      • Description:

        Widely used here since the fifties, Allison -- a derivative of Alice -- has now been once again surpassed by the original Alice as parents embrace vintage revivals. Despite this, Allison's popularity has slipped only slightly.
    • Amabella
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "lovable"
      • Description:

        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 Lies, respectively.
    • Amalia
      • Origin:

        German
      • Meaning:

        "work"
      • Description:

        Amalia is a widely cross-cultural name, heard from Italy to Romania, Germany to Scandinavia. The current heir to the Dutch throne is Princess Catharina-Amalia of Orange. It can be pronounced ah-MAH-lee-a or ah-mah-LEE-a.
    • Amara
      • Origin:

        Igbo, Sanskrit, Arabic
      • Meaning:

        "grace, immortal, tribe"
      • Description:

        Strong, attractive, and stylish, Amara is a true multicultural choice enjoying some popularity in both the US and the UK. In the US Top 1000 since the turn of this century, Amara has been holding steady in the rankings between overly popular and obscure.
    • Amaya
      • Origin:

        Spanish version of Amaia or Japanese
      • Meaning:

        "mother city; the end; night rain"
      • Description:

        The Spanish form of Amaya is both a given name and a surname, originating from the Spanish mountain and village of Amaya. In this context it means "mother city" or "the capital." Amaya can also be considered a derivation of Amaia, a Basque name meaning "the end." In Japan, Amaya is a surname.
    • Amina
      • Origin:

        Arabic
      • Meaning:

        "trustworthy, faithful"
      • Description:

        The name of the mother of the prophet Muhammad is well used among Muslims everywhere.
    • Analia
      • Origin:

        Combination name, Ana plus Lia
      • Description:

        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 de Analia is a popular Spanish language telenova on the Telemundo channel, which probably greatly contributed to its initial entry to the US list in 2009 at Number 331 when it was unranked the previous year!
    • Anastasia
      • Origin:

        Greek, feminine variation of Anastasios
      • Meaning:

        "resurrection"
      • Description:

        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 daughters born around Christmas or Easter. There are handful of saints named Anastasia, including the patron saint of weavers.
    • Angelica
      • Origin:

        Italian, Polish, Russian diminutive of Angela
      • Meaning:

        "angel or angelic"
      • Description:

        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 behind the bolder Angelina (probably for obvious reasons).