Isabella Name Meaning

Isabella rolls off the tongue, reminding one of hot Spanish summers or rustic Italian vineyards. A romantic, feminine name, it still has a modern sound that fits right in with Amelia and Charlotte.

While once more common among Spanish and Italian families, it shot to the top of the list of popular baby girl names in the United States in the 2000s. This was, of course, partially due to the wild popularity of the Twilight series. Like her popular counterpart Olivia, Isabella is also a Shakespearean name, used in Measure for Measure.

An Isabella could easily be a runway model in New York or a princess in Europe, the name teeming with beauty and femininity that transcends time. It has the frills of Anastasia and the heat of Viviana, allowing the name to fit a wide array of little girls as they grow into women. The nicknames are just as varied with Bella and Izzy the main go-to choices for parents. It’s truly a malleable name, allowing any Isabella to mix and match their nickname by their personality.

Variants include Isobel, Isabel, and Isabelle – all different spellings of the same name. If you’re looking for a similar feel, try on Elizabetta, Arabella, or Isadora.

Infographic of Isabella name meaning, which is Isabella comes from Isabel and Elizabeth, meaning devoted to God.
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Isabella Name Popularity

How popular is the name Isabella? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Isabella was the 4th most popular girls name, representing 1.0528% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Isabella has been the 107th most popular girls name, representing 0.2204% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 316 105 0.0298%
1911 373 75 0.0201%
1912 372 111 0.022%
1913 383 118 0.0208%
1914 429 116 0.0166%
1915 391 188 0.0207%
1916 417 184 0.019%
1917 429 175 0.0175%
1918 427 194 0.0181%
1919 395 221 0.0211%
1920 433 194 0.0174%
1921 459 181 0.0158%
1922 435 197 0.0177%
1923 454 181 0.0162%
1924 463 178 0.0153%
1925 484 161 0.0142%
1926 516 143 0.013%
1927 526 134 0.0121%
1928 526 127 0.0119%
1929 542 113 0.0109%
1930 606 89 0.0085%
1931 541 102 0.0103%
1932 570 91 0.0092%
1933 635 64 0.0069%
1934 704 52 0.0054%
1935 778 39 0.004%
1936 757 41 0.0043%
1937 686 56 0.0057%
1938 690 59 0.0058%
1939 780 39 0.0038%
1940 778 43 0.004%
1941 708 58 0.0052%
1942 935 33 0.0026%
1943 818 49 0.0038%
1944 801 48 0.0039%
1945 967 27 0.0022%
1946 919 43 0.0029%
1947 900 51 0.0031%
1948 924 47 0.0029%
1949 1,083 32 0.002%
1950 1,258 20 0.0012%
1951 1,233 22 0.0013%
1952 1,183 27 0.0015%
1953 1,273 22 0.0012%
1954 1,336 20 0.0011%
1955 1,268 25 0.0014%
1956 1,255 29 0.0015%
1957 1,239 32 0.0017%
1958 1,434 20 0.0011%
1959 1,513 17 0.0009%
1960 1,382 25 0.0013%
1961 1,459 22 0.0012%
1962 1,510 19 0.001%
1963 1,461 21 0.0012%
1964 1,585 17 0.001%
1965 1,761 11 0.0007%
1966 1,443 21 0.0013%
1967 1,533 18 0.0012%
1968 1,993 8 0.0005%
1969 2,616 5 0.0003%
1970 2,250 7 0.0004%
1971 2,250 7 0.0005%
1972 2,426 5 0.0004%
1973 1,996 11 0.0008%
1974 2,176 7 0.0005%
1975 2,106 10 0.0008%
1976 2,028 12 0.0009%
1977 2,506 6 0.0004%
1978 2,168 11 0.0008%
1979 3,014 5 0.0004%
1980 1,786 23 0.0016%
1981 2,213 13 0.0009%
1982 1,905 20 0.0013%
1983 2,155 13 0.0009%
1984 1,846 20 0.0013%
1985 2,734 7 0.0005%
1986 1,633 31 0.0021%
1987 1,387 48 0.0031%
1988 1,462 47 0.003%
1989 1,081 105 0.0065%
1990 917 159 0.0096%
1991 700 257 0.0158%
1992 482 473 0.0296%
1993 321 790 0.0507%
1994 223 1,239 0.0807%
1995 174 1,717 0.1139%
1996 151 2,095 0.1399%
1997 114 2,850 0.1927%
1998 84 3,837 0.2564%
1999 60 5,059 0.3378%
2000 45 6,242 0.4086%
2001 28 8,834 0.5863%
2002 14 12,166 0.8118%
2003 11 13,775 0.9055%
2004 7 15,016 0.9852%
2005 6 15,183 0.993%
2006 4 18,222 1.1637%
2007 2 19,137 1.2129%
2008 2 18,612 1.2042%
2009 1 22,298 1.4919%
2010 1 22,905 1.5894%
2011 2 19,901 1.3969%
2012 3 19,093 1.3399%
2013 4 17,631 1.2384%
2014 4 17,068 1.1715%
2015 5 15,594 1.0718%
2016 5 14,772 1.0246%
2017 4 15,100 1.082%
2018 4 14,464 1.0528%

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Names Like Isabella

If you like Isabella, you’ll love these other names like Isabella.


What names are diminutives of Isabella?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Isabella sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Isabella, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bella

Beautiful one

Italian

#48 (0.3282%)  
Belle

Beautiful

French

#863 (0.0171%)  
Izzy

God's promise

Hebrew

#2,485 (0.0011%)  

What names are variants of Isabella?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Isabella.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Isabel

God is my oath

Spanish

#137 (0.1485%)  
Isabele

God's promise

Hebrew

Isabelita

God's promise

Hebrew

Isabelle

God is my oath

French

#111 (0.1916%)  
Isobell

God's promise

Hebrew

Isobelle

God's promise

Hebrew

Izabella

Devoted to God

Italian

#254 (0.0888%)  
Izabelle

God's promise

Hebrew

#1,423 (0.0055%)  
Sabella

God's promise

Latin

#2,253 (0.0015%)  
Ysabel

A Spanish form of Isabel.

French

#2,726 (0.0008%)  
Ysabell

French

Ysabella

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#1,718 (0.0035%)  
Ysabelle

French

Ysbella

French


What names sound like Isabella?

If you like how Isabella sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Isabella.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Annabella

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#553 (0.0349%)  
Annabelle

Lovable and graceful

English

#139 (0.1433%)  
Arabella

Answered prayer

Latin

#169 (0.1213%)  
Isadora

Gift of Isis

Latin

#1,093 (0.0102%)  
Mirabella

Wonderful

Latin

#2,908 (0.0005%)  
Rosabella

Beautiful rose

#1,750 (0.0033%)  

What names are similar to Isabella?

Find a name that’s like Isabella, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Camila

Young religious servant

Spanish

#18 (0.5429%)  
Gianna

God is gracious

Italian

#80 (0.2485%)  
Juliana

Youthful and downy

Latin

#148 (0.1328%)  
Juliette

Youthful and downy

French

#182 (0.1144%)  
Miranda

Admirable

Latin

#352 (0.0598%)  
Sabrina

“The siren from the river Severn,” in allusion to a legendary princess.

Celtic

#426 (0.0496%)  
Sophia

Wisdom

Greek

#5 (1.0138%)  
Valeria

Strength and vigor

Italian

#140 (0.1425%)  
Viviana

Alive

Italian

#414 (0.0505%)  

Lists With Isabella

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Isabella.


Siblings of Isabella

Mamas with kids named Isabella also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lucy

Of the light

English

#51 (0.3169%)  
Victoria

Victory

Latin

#21 (0.5153%)  
Grant

Great

English

#182 (0.1564%)  
Caleb

Whole heart

Hebrew

#45 (0.5043%)  
Kylie

Boomerang

Aboriginal

#122 (0.1747%)  
Noah

To rest

Hebrew

#2 (1.3296%)  
Jordyn

To descend

Hebrew

#162 (0.1253%)  
Jubilee

Ram's horn

Hebrew

#1,187 (0.0084%)  
Joy

Happiness

Latin

#344 (0.062%)  
Marie

A French form of Mary.

French

#548 (0.0354%)  
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Faith

Devotion

English

#120 (0.1771%)  
Taylor

Tailor; to cut

French

#529 (0.0349%)  
Reece

Enthusiasm

Welsh

#582 (0.0306%)  
Grace

Gracious one

English

#24 (0.4894%)  
Josef

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

#1,543 (0.0031%)  
Charlie

Free man

English

#215 (0.1242%)  
Brielle

God is my strength

French

#98 (0.2118%)  
Hallie

A variant spelling of Hally.

Scandinavian

#435 (0.048%)  
Ezra

Help

Hebrew

#59 (0.4367%)  
Ryann

King

Irish

#712 (0.0227%)  
David

Beloved

Hebrew

#22 (0.7058%)  
Robert

Bright fame

German

#71 (0.3741%)  
Aliya

Rising, ascending

Hebrew

#832 (0.0181%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  
Evelina

A variant form of Eveline.

Latin

#1,111 (0.0098%)  
Lillian

Lily flower

English

#34 (0.4028%)  
Abram

High father

Hebrew

#430 (0.048%)  
Sebastian

Venerable or honorable

Greek

#18 (0.7318%)  
Lilian

Lily

Latin

#571 (0.0336%)  
Eli

Ascension

Hebrew

#58 (0.4387%)  
Lilliann

Lily

Latin

#3,508 (0.0004%)  
Mason

Stoneworker

English

#9 (0.9051%)  
Daylan

American

#2,137 (0.001%)  
Wyatt

Brave in battle

English

#26 (0.6643%)  
Damion

Greek

#1,129 (0.0072%)  
Phoenix

Dark red

Greek

#341 (0.0629%)  
Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

#43 (0.5257%)  

31 Comments

  1. I saw her and Isabella suited her perfectly

  2. I chose the name Isabella because of the meaning “devoted to God”

  3. Because we loved the nane

  4. I chose the name Isabella rose because belle means beautiful. So her name is close to “is a beautiful rose”.

  5. Isabella is acutally what i used to call my little brother. My brother had a boy name for me & i had a girl name for them. Plus the name is beautiful . I glad I choose isabella ??? it matches

  6. My son came to me and said he wanted to name her Isabella so that’s what we did

  7. I pick this name for my daughter because it mean devoted to God

  8. My husband has always loved this name.It means beautiful and it is so perfect for our girl

  9. Her dad helped me name her I grew to like it because her 2 middle names go with it real well
    Isabella Catherine Louise

  10. Labor was easier

  11. Love the name . Its meaning is Devoted to God, beautiful

    • I think that is a kind thing to say

  12. I just loved the meaning of the name ISABELLABELLA
    *GOD is my strength

  13. We chose the name Isabella because I fell in love with Italy and my husband is italian.

  14. Loved the Biblical meaning of the name. Devoted to God. Her middle name is Faith.

  15. I chose it because she is my little miracle baby. She spent 12 days in the nicu and she is my rainbow baby

  16. I love the movie twilight and the main girls name is Bella

  17. I love the name Isabella I love the meaning of my daughter’s name. The meaning of Isabella is “Devoted to God” and once I did my research and spent days figuring what name for my daughter I wanted Isabella to be the ONE. ??

  18. Why I chose the name was because of its meaning. It means God is perfection

  19. My son chose the name because daddy and I couldn’t agree on a name. I love the name he picked for her.

  20. I love the Hebrew meaning of Isabella, “devoted to God”. I’m a Christian woman and try to keep God center in my life. Her name also means beautiful and her middle name is Faith, so we have “beautiful faith”. Being a 35 year old, first time mother it took a lot of faith to hear past peoples questions and statements of how hard it would be at this age. But by God’s grace I had an amazing pregnancy and an amazing first born baby girl!

  21. Love the name and meaning

  22. I always thought Isabella was such a pretty name. Before I even knew if I wanted kids, when I was just a kid myself, I always said if I had a daughter her name would be Isabella Marie. Fast forward about 10 years, Twilight was now a thing and super popular and low and behold the main Characters name was the one I always wanted for my little girl. I could have let the surge of popularity scare me off but the name just felt right. I stick to my guns and now I can’t imagine my 7year old Isabella ever having another name. I’m glad I followed my heart even though the non conformist in me was having a bit of a struggle.

  23. My fiance chose her name. I was 6 weeks 5 days pregnant. We already knew if it was a boy his name would be the family name. However, this particular morning, while brushing his teeth my fiance said, “Babe, I was thinking… If we have a girl I like the name Isabella Marie. Isabella because it’s a beautiful name and Marie because it’s your middle name and my mom’s first name.” I just knew as soon as he said the name that we were having a girl and her name is Isabella Marie. 6 weeks later we received the email with our NIST blood work results, which would also tell us the baby’s gender: no Y chromosome’s detected. Our baby IS Isabella Marie.

  24. It means God’s promise
    We struggled to conceive, so when we found out I was pregnant we decided her name would be Isabella

  25. Named after her great-grandmother

  26. Strong and beautiful, royal princess

  27. My first classroom as a teacher there was a girl named Isabella. Still liked it when I was pregnant with our first and my husband did to. Her middle name is faith.

  28. I chose Isabella because it speaks of beauty and also consecrated to God. I love to choose names based on the meaning, and she turned out to be so beautiful inside and out and my prayer is that will have a love to for the Lord and she will live a holy separated life.

  29. I loved this name from years before I was even married and well before Twilight came out and the name started growing in popularity.

    It is feminine, classic and timeless and hadn’t been one I heard very often. I also wanted a name where I could give her a nickname and I thought Bella sounded beautiful.

  30. My older step children had been watching a show in Spanish, “Isa TKM.” I loved the nickname and thought it was cute. Several days before I had my baby I changed my mind for our girl name because I couldn’t say it with a nice accent (Alejandra). I started scouring listings everywhere online, saw Isabella, loved it, and realized I could use the cute nickname of Isa (pronounced like in Spanish, “e-sa”). The only thing I dislike is that is seems to be picking up popularity, and I didn’t even think about the girl from the Twilight books/movies having the same name.


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