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What does Bella mean?

Bella \b(el)-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.


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

For more on this name, see also related girl names Belinda, Claribel, Arabella and Elizabeth.

Bella has 40 more different forms via Belva, Isabel, Isabella: Belia, Belicia, Belita, Bellita, Bellva, Chabeli, Chabelita, Ib, Ibbie, Isa, Isabeau, Isabela, Isabele, Isabelita, Isabell, Isabella, Isabelle, Isbel, Ishbel, Isobel, Isobell, Isobella, Isobelle, Issie, Issy, Izabel, Izabella, Izabelle, Izzie, Izzy, Marisabel, Sabella, Sabelle, Ysabeau, Ysabel, Ysabella, Ysobel, Yzabelle, Yzobel and Yzobelle.


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)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity 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 1000 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 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Arabella (#174 in 2014), Belinda, Bell, Belle, Belva, Claribel, Elizabeth (#14), Isa, Isabel (#144), Isabela (#717), Isabell, Isabella (#4), Isabelle (#96), Isobel, Izabella (#200) and Izabelle. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4286%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3871%, down 9.7%), with forms like Belinda, Belva, Claribel, Isa and Isabell falling out of style. The most trendy names for newborns among these are Arabella (#174), Bella (#70), Isabel (#144), Isabella (#4) and Isabelle (#96), and there is also a rekindling in baby name popularity for Bella, Isabel, Isabella and Isabelle. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Bella and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Arabella, Belinda, Bell, Bella, Belle, Belva, Claribel, Elizabeth, Isa, Isabel in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Isabela, Isabell, Isabella, Isabelle, Isobel, Izabella, Izabelle in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Isabelle, Isobel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bella is alike in pronunciation to Baila, Bayla, Beula, Beulah, Bewlah, Billa, Billi, Billy and Byla. Other suggested similar baby names are Della, Hella, Mella, Nella, Pella and Rella. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bella.