Isabella Name Meaning

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What Does Isabella Mean?

Isabella is the Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth, which is derived from the Hebrew name Elisheba. Its meaning translates to "pledged" or "devoted to God." Isabella and Elizabeth have been interchanged in England since the 13th century.

  • Origin: Isabella is the Spanish and Italian variation of the Hebrew name Elisheba, meaning "devoted to God."
  • Gender: Isabella is frequently used as a girl name. The variation Isa (meaning "salvation of God), is a gender-neutral option used for boys.
  • Pronunciation: Is-ah-bell-ah

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Isabella?

Isabella was moderately popular during the first half of the 20th century until its ranking plummeted in the 1940s. It was a fairly nonexistent name until 1990, and in 1998 it broke into the top 100 names in the U.S.

In 2004, it made the top 10, and was the runner-up from 2007-2008 before claiming the #1 spot in 2009. Isabella's victorious transition to the top spot coincided with the release of the movie "Twilight," which featured main character Bella Swan. (Coincidence? Probably not!)

The name reigned supreme until 2011, when it took second place to Sophia. Isabella has remained in the top 5 since then, and as of 2019, the Social Security Administration has it in the #5 spot.

Name Variations

Here are some variations of the name Isabella:

  • Elizabeth (Hebrew)
  • Elisheba (Hebrew)
  • Sabella (Latin)
  • Isabel (Spanish)
  • Isabele (Hebrew)
  • Isabelita (Hebrew)
  • Isabelle (French)
  • Isobell (Hebrew)
  • Izabella (Italian)
  • Isobelle (Hebrew)
  • Izabelle (Hebrew)
  • Ysabell (French)
  • Ysabella (Hebrew)
  • Ysabelle (French)
  • Ysbella (French)
  • Ysabel (French)

Similar Names

Other girl names ending in A:

  • Sophia
  • Olivia
  • Mia
  • Ava
  • Gabriella
  • Isadora
  • Emma
  • Anastasia
  • Anna
  • Ella
  • Alexandra
  • Amelia
  • Aurora
  • Maria
  • Stella
  • Alexa
  • Julia
  • Angelina

Other Italian names for girls:

  • Gianna
  • Vivianna
  • Alessia
  • Beatrice
  • Carmella
  • Aida
  • Siena
  • Nicole

Other Spanish names for girls:

  • Savannah
  • Isla
  • Jade
  • Liliana
  • Lola
  • Carmen
  • Itzel
  • Belen

Common Nicknames

  • Bella: Think vibrant, strong, and energetic! Bella is full of personality, always laughing, and never afraid to speak her mind. The nickname was made massively popular by the character Bella Swan in the "Twilight "movie series.
  • Izzy: This fun nickname suggests a free-spirited personality. She's unconventional, adventurous, and embraces change. Izzy is confident and sensible, and can usually be found enjoying the outdoors.
  • Isa: Dependable and determined, Isa can do anything she sets her mind to. She's always willing to help others and genuinely aspires to make a difference in the world.

Suggested Sibling Names

Here are some popular options for siblings of Isabella:

  • Ivan
  • Evelina
  • Lillian
  • Noah
  • Brielle
  • Elisha
  • Annette
  • Gabrielle
  • Scarlett
  • Sebastian
  • Enzo

Famous People Named Isabella

While Isabella isn't the most common celebrity name, there are a few worth noting:

Famous Isabellas

  • Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress, filmmaker, philanthropist, model, and author
  • Isabella I of Castile, Spanish Queen of Castile from 1474 until her death in 1504
  • Isabella of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress who governed as Regent of Spain

Famous Bellas

  • Bella Thorne, American actress and model, known for her role as Ruthy Spivey in the TV drama, "My Own Worst Enemy"
  • Bella Hadid, American model, and sister of the equally famous Gigi Hadid

More Baby Names

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  1. Social Security Administration. Popularity of the Name Isabella. 2019.