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What does Bella mean?

Bella /bel-la/ as a girls' name is pronounced BELL-ah. It is of Italian and Latin origin, and the meaning of Bella is "beautiful". Also a short form of Isabel or Isabella (Hebrew) "God's promise". Author/politician Bella Abzug; author Belva Plain.

Associated with: beautiful, promise (oath)


Bella has 7 variants: Bel, Bell, Belle, Bellissa, Belva, Beyla and Labella.

Related girl names: Belinda, Claribel, Arabella and Elizabeth.

Bella has 6 more different relations via Belva, Isabel, Isabella: Belia, Belicia, Belita, Bellita, Bellva and Sabella.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Belba, Betla, ..

(male) Beler, Bellow, ..

How popular is Bella?

Bella is a very prominent first name for females (#1202 out of 4276, Top 28%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#12883 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Bella for girls. Bella reached its top position of #48 in the U.S. in the year 2010, and is currently at #70. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bella name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bella outside U.S.

Popular alternative forms of Bella (#70 in recent rankings) rated in the Top 2000 are Arabella (#174 in recent rankings), Belia, Belinda (#1159), Bell, Belle (#1030), Belva, Claribel, Elizabeth (#14), Isabel (#144) and Isabella (#4). These forms of Bella were at the top of their popularity 134 years ago (usage of 4.6%) and are now much less common (usage 2.2%, 53.1%), with forms like Belva becoming less in vogue. Arabella, Bella and Isabella are three of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bella, Arabella, Belia, Belinda, Bell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Belle, Belva, Claribel, Elizabeth, Isabel, Isabella in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bella, Elizabeth, Isabel, Isabella outside U.S.

Similar Names


Bella is alike in pronunciation to Baila, Bailly, Baily, Bali, Bayla, Bayly, Beaulah, Beula, Beulah, Bewlah, Bilee, Billa, Billee, Billey, Billi, Billie, Billy, Billye, Bulah, Byla and Byulah. Other suggested similar names are Adella, Alla, Axella, Beata, Becka, Beda, Beea, Bekka, Belen, Bellina, Bellona, Belona, Bena, Bera, Berna, Berta, Berylla, Betta, Breila, Calla, Cilla, Dela, Della, Hella, Huella, Kalla, Keela, Keila, Kelila, Lalla, Leyla, Lolla, Mela, Mella, Merla, Neilla, Nela, Nella, Noella, Odella, Olla, Orella, Pella, Perla, Raella, Rella, Rilla, Seila, Shella, Stella, Teela, Udella, Ulla and Verla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bella.