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What does Bella mean?

Bella Pronunciation of Bella 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. Also form of Arabella. Also form of Elizabeth.


ASSOCIATED WITH beautiful, promise (oath)


VARIANTS Bel, Bell, Belle, Bellissa, Belva, Beyla, Labella

SEE ALSO Belinda, Claribel

OTHER FORMS VIA BELVA, ISABEL, ISABELLA Belia, Belicia, Belita, Bellita, Bellva, Sabella

(female) Belba, ..

(male) Bela, ..

Bella Anylah (B.A.), ..

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)

Bella reached its top position of #48 in the U.S. in the year 2010, and is currently at #78. (2016 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Bella (#78 IN RECENT RANKINGS) rated in the Top 2000 are Arabella (#187), Belia, Belinda (#1300), Bell, Belle (#933), Belva, Claribel, Elizabeth (#13), Isabel (#145) and Isabella (#5). These forms of Bella were at the top of their popularity 136 years ago (USAGE OF 4.6%) and are now much less common (USAGE 2%, 56.5%), with forms like Belva becoming less in vogue. Arabella and Isabella are two 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, Arabella, 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-sounding 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.

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