Bella Name Meaning

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Fact: The name Bella became widely popular due to the “Twilight” series, with the main character named Bella Swan.

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A Deep Dive

Bella Overview

Meaning

Beautiful

Gender

Girl

Origin

Italian

Etymology

Derived from the Italian and Latin word “bella,” meaning “beautiful.”

Pronunciation

/ˈbɛlə/

Popularity

Bella has captured hearts globally, especially in English-speaking and European countries. In the USA, it made the top 50 for girls in 2018, yet by 2023, it ranked 106th.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

5 letters

Numerology

5 (Visionary, Expansive, Adventurous)

Name Styles

Cute, Popular, Short

Associated Traits

Beautiful, charming, graceful

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Bella is often used as a nickname for Isabella, a name with religious significance as it is linked to Queen Isabella I of Castile, who funded Christopher Columbus’ voyage. The name also appears in various cultural contexts as a symbol of beauty.

Name Day

February 4th
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Bella Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Isabella, Annabella, Bellina, Bellatrix, Belinda, Izabella, Mirabella, Rosabella

Common Nicknames

Belle, Ella, Bella Boo, Bibi, Bellie

Diminutives

Bea, Bell, Bells, Bee, B, Izzy

Famous People

  • Bella Hadid
    (American Model)
  • Bella Thorne
    (American Actress)
  • Bella Heathcote
    (Australian Actress)
  • Bella Emberg
    (British Actress)
  • Bella Freud
    (British Fashion Designer)
  • Bella Poarch
    (Filipino-American Social Media Star)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Bella Swan
    ("Twilight," Film Series)
  • "Bella"
    (Film)
  • Bella Cullen
    ("Twilight," Film Series)
  • Bella
    ("The Bell Jar," Novel)
  • Bella Flores
    ("Grimm," TV Series)
  • "Bella Ciao"
    (Traditional Song)
  • Bella Lasagne
    ("Postman Pat," TV Series)

Places

  • Bella Vista City
    (Arkansas, USA)
  • Bella Coola Tribe
    (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Bella Beach
    (Oregon, USA)
  • Bella Terra Park
    (California, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Bella?

The name Bella means “beautiful.” People named Bella are often seen as charming, elegant, and kind, reflecting the name’s association with beauty and grace.

What Is the Origin of The Name Bella?

Bella has its origins in Latin and Italian. It is often used as a short form of names like Isabella, Annabella, and Arabella, gaining popularity in various cultures over the centuries.

Bella Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Bella in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#732021#852022#1062023
Top 3 Rankings#482010#482018#502017

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Bella

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
2023106
(-21 from 2022)
2540
(-367 from 2022)
0.14521
202285
(-12 from 2021)
2907
(-457 from 2021)
0.16212
202173
(-10 from 2020)
3364
(-274 from 2020)
0.18777
202063
(-13 from 2019)
3638
(-753 from 2019)
0.20581
201950
(-2 from 2018)
4391
(-179 from 2018)
0.23931
201848
(+2 from 2017)
4570
(-88 from 2017)
0.24574
201750
(+28 from 2016)
4658
(+979 from 2016)
0.24656
201678
(-4 from 2015)
3679
(-131 from 2015)
0.19004
201574
(-4 from 2014)
3810
(-290 from 2014)
0.19530
201470
(-12 from 2013)
4100
(-87 from 2013)
0.20958
201358
(-4 from 2012)
4187
(-173 from 2012)
0.21720
201254
(+6 from 2011)
4360
(+84 from 2011)
0.22480
201160
(-12 from 2010)
4276
(-858 from 2010)
0.22067
201048
(+10 from 2009)
5134
(+596 from 2009)
0.26185
200958
(+64 from 2008)
4538
(+1749 from 2008)
0.22409
2008122
(+35 from 2007)
2789
(+529 from 2007)
0.13390
2007157
(+24 from 2006)
2260
(+302 from 2006)
0.10678
2006181
(+27 from 2005)
1958
(+294 from 2005)
0.09366
2005208
(+52 from 2004)
1664
(+424 from 2004)
0.08199
2004260
(+57 from 2003)
1240
(+266 from 2003)
0.06145
2003317
(+109 from 2002)
974
(+291 from 2002)
0.04854
2002426
(+183 from 2001)
683
(+270 from 2001)
0.03458
2001609
(+140 from 2000)
413
(+106 from 2000)
0.02085
2000749
(+336 from 1999)
307
(+122 from 1999)
0.01538
19991085
(+105 from 1998)
185
(+29 from 1998)
0.00950
19981190
(+466 from 1997)
156
(+61 from 1997)
0.00805
19971656
(+308 from 1996)
95
(+23 from 1996)
0.00498
19961964
(-473 from 1995)
72
(-34 from 1995)
0.00376
19951491
(+369 from 1994)
106
(+30 from 1994)
0.00552
19941860
(+629 from 1993)
76
(+26 from 1993)
0.00390
19932489
(+485 from 1992)
50
(+11 from 1992)
0.00254
19922974
(-381 from 1991)
39
(-8 from 1991)
0.00195
19912593
(+1119 from 1990)
47
(+19 from 1990)
0.00231
19903712
(+1336 from 1989)
28
(+11 from 1989)
0.00136
19895048
(-740 from 1988)
17
(-3 from 1988)
0.00085
19884308
(-25 from 1987)
20
(+1 from 1987)
0.00104
19874283
(+440 from 1986)
19
(+3 from 1986)
0.00101
19864723
(-1103 from 1985)
16
(-7 from 1985)
0.00087
19853620
(+370 from 1984)
23
(+4 from 1984)
0.00125
19843990
(-437 from 1983)
19
(-3 from 1983)
0.00105
19833553
(+94 from 1982)
22
No change from 1982
0.00123
19823647
(+358 from 1981)
22
(+3 from 1981)
0.00121
19814005
(+322 from 1980)
19
(+2 from 1980)
0.00106
19804327
(-1090 from 1979)
17
(-8 from 1979)
0.00095
19793237
(+540 from 1978)
25
(+6 from 1978)
0.00145
19783777
(-775 from 1977)
19
(-7 from 1977)
0.00116
19773002
(+676 from 1976)
26
(+8 from 1976)
0.00158
19763678
(-1067 from 1975)
18
(-11 from 1975)
0.00115
19752611
(+817 from 1974)
29
(+10 from 1974)
0.00186
19743428
(-863 from 1973)
19
(-9 from 1973)
0.00121
19732565
(+711 from 1972)
28
(+9 from 1972)
0.00180
19723276
(-110 from 1971)
19
(-2 from 1971)
0.00118
19713166
(-812 from 1970)
21
(-11 from 1970)
0.00120
19702354
(+843 from 1969)
32
(+14 from 1969)
0.00175
19693197
(-659 from 1968)
18
(-6 from 1968)
0.00102
19682538
(+672 from 1967)
24
(+8 from 1967)
0.00140
19673210
(-61 from 1966)
16
No change from 1966
0.00093
19663149
(-1156 from 1965)
16
(-18 from 1965)
0.00091
19651993
(+759 from 1964)
34
(+13 from 1964)
0.00186
19642752
(-132 from 1963)
21
(-1 from 1963)
0.00107
19632620
(-157 from 1962)
22
(-2 from 1962)
0.00111
19622463
(+145 from 1961)
24
(+2 from 1961)
0.00118
19612608
(-510 from 1960)
22
(-8 from 1960)
0.00106
19602098
(+241 from 1959)
30
(+6 from 1959)
0.00144
19592339
(-468 from 1958)
24
(-10 from 1958)
0.00115
19581871
(+406 from 1957)
34
(+10 from 1957)
0.00165
19572277
(-83 from 1956)
24
(-1 from 1956)
0.00114
19562194
(-597 from 1955)
25
(-16 from 1955)
0.00121
19551597
(+390 from 1954)
41
(+13 from 1954)
0.00204
19541987
(-496 from 1953)
28
(-15 from 1953)
0.00141
19531491
(+119 from 1952)
43
(+7 from 1952)
0.00223
19521610
(+195 from 1951)
36
(+7 from 1951)
0.00189
19511805
(+315 from 1950)
29
(+8 from 1950)
0.00157
19502120
(-384 from 1949)
21
(-9 from 1949)
0.00119
19491736
(+122 from 1948)
30
(+4 from 1948)
0.00171
19481858
(-445 from 1947)
26
(-17 from 1947)
0.00149
19471413
(+506 from 1946)
43
(+20 from 1946)
0.00237
19461919
(+539 from 1945)
23
(+10 from 1945)
0.00143
19452458
(-259 from 1944)
13
(-3 from 1944)
0.00097
19442199
(+52 from 1943)
16
No change from 1943
0.00117
19432251
(-447 from 1942)
16
(-6 from 1942)
0.00111
19421804
(-303 from 1941)
22
(-5 from 1941)
0.00158
19411501
(+344 from 1940)
27
(+8 from 1940)
0.00217
19401845
(-331 from 1939)
19
(-6 from 1939)
0.00161
19391514
(+291 from 1938)
25
(+6 from 1938)
0.00220
19381805
(-21 from 1937)
19
No change from 1937
0.00166
19371784
(-439 from 1936)
19
(-10 from 1936)
0.00172
19361345
(+36 from 1935)
29
(+1 from 1935)
0.00269
19351381
(-346 from 1934)
28
(-17 from 1934)
0.00258
19341035
(+123 from 1933)
45
(+8 from 1933)
0.00416
19331158
(-126 from 1932)
37
(-10 from 1932)
0.00354
19321032
(-48 from 1931)
47
(-3 from 1931)
0.00425
1931984
(-75 from 1930)
50
(-14 from 1930)
0.00453
1930909
(-145 from 1929)
64
(-19 from 1929)
0.00549
1929764
(+81 from 1928)
83
(+10 from 1928)
0.00717
1928845
(-84 from 1927)
73
(-17 from 1927)
0.00611
1927761
(-59 from 1926)
90
(-16 from 1926)
0.00728
1926702
(-67 from 1925)
106
(-27 from 1925)
0.00862
1925635
(+13 from 1924)
133
(-1 from 1924)
0.01053
1924648
(-99 from 1923)
134
(-38 from 1923)
0.01034
1923549
(-22 from 1922)
172
(-6 from 1922)
0.01373
1922527
(-18 from 1921)
178
(-14 from 1921)
0.01427
1921509
(-5 from 1920)
192
(+4 from 1920)
0.01500
1920504
(-46 from 1919)
188
(-23 from 1919)
0.01511
1919458
(-30 from 1918)
211
(-27 from 1918)
0.01796
1918428
(+11 from 1917)
238
(+23 from 1917)
0.01979
1917439
(-1 from 1916)
215
(+8 from 1916)
0.01913
1916438
(+47 from 1915)
207
(+47 from 1915)
0.01907
1915485
(-42 from 1914)
160
(+8 from 1914)
0.01563
1914443
(-2 from 1913)
152
(+27 from 1913)
0.01908
1913441
(+1 from 1912)
125
(+12 from 1912)
0.01909
1912442
(+8 from 1911)
113
(+31 from 1911)
0.01926
1911450
(+16 from 1910)
82
(+9 from 1910)
0.01856
1910466
(-40 from 1909)
73
(-2 from 1909)
0.01740
1909426
(+22 from 1908)
75
(+10 from 1908)
0.02038
1908448
(+14 from 1907)
65
(+5 from 1907)
0.01833
1907462
(+1 from 1906)
60
(+6 from 1906)
0.01778
1906463
(+10 from 1905)
54
(+2 from 1905)
0.01723
1905473
(+27 from 1904)
52
(+9 from 1904)
0.01678
1904500
(-18 from 1903)
43
(-1 from 1903)
0.01470
1903482
(-57 from 1902)
44
(-9 from 1902)
0.01582
1902425
(+84 from 1901)
53
(+17 from 1901)
0.01891
1901509
(-121 from 1900)
36
(-37 from 1900)
0.01416
1900388
(+8 from 1899)
73
(+20 from 1899)
0.02297
1899396
(+95 from 1898)
53
(+14 from 1898)
0.02142
1898491
(-51 from 1897)
39
(-5 from 1897)
0.01423
1897440
No change from 1896
44
(+1 from 1896)
0.01772
1896440
(+25 from 1895)
43
(+4 from 1895)
0.01706
1895465
(+10 from 1894)
39
(+4 from 1894)
0.01578
1894475
(-81 from 1893)
35
(-11 from 1893)
0.01483
1893394
(-29 from 1892)
46
(-7 from 1892)
0.02042
1892365
(+39 from 1891)
53
(+16 from 1891)
0.02356
1891404
(-20 from 1890)
37
(-5 from 1890)
0.01882
1890384
(+14 from 1889)
42
(+5 from 1889)
0.02083
1889398
(+45 from 1888)
37
(+6 from 1888)
0.01955
1888443
(-8 from 1887)
31
(+5 from 1887)
0.01636
1887435
(+24 from 1886)
26
(+4 from 1886)
0.01673
1886459
(-46 from 1885)
22
(-3 from 1885)
0.01431
1885413
(-55 from 1884)
25
(-6 from 1884)
0.01761
1884358
(+107 from 1883)
31
(+14 from 1883)
0.02253
1883465
(-7 from 1882)
17
(+1 from 1882)
0.01416
1882458
(-133 from 1881)
16
(-8 from 1881)
0.01383
1881325
(+141 from 1880)
24
(+11 from 1880)
0.02428
1880466
First SSA data recorded
13
First SSA data recorded
0.01332

American States Popularity Rankings for Bella

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#642021#772022#1022023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#582021#732022#812023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#502021#502022#532023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#932021#1502022#1112023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#722021#872022#1272023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#792021#952022#1032023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#562021#1332022#982023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1182021#1422022#1412023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#752021#852022#1082023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#562021#702022#762023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1042021#1122022#1712023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#842021#1272022#1212023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#792021#872022#882023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#992021#1032022#1442023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#782021#1022022#1072023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#752021#1152022#1102023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#1182021#1512022#1572023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#1352021#1512022#1642023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#532021#792022#1322023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#922021#1072022#1012023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#1072021#1592022#1322023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1212021#1702022#2352023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#1072021#1652022#1752023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#1032021#922022#812023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#1242021#922022#1532023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#322021#522022#502023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#872021#1032022#1202023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#1282021#1782022#1572023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#532021#752022#1732023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#2002021#1302022#1392023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#682021#1032022#1272023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#1052021#1172022#1772023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1072021#1192022#2742023

Kansas (KS)

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West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#652021#1252022#1642023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#682021#932022#1072023

Nebraska (NE)

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Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#1942021#1452022#1532023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#362021#612022#1242023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#1322021#1352022#692023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#1532021#1352022#972023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#1272019#1082021#2342023

Delaware (DE)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Montana (MT)

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North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#1302018#1142019#2062020

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#602019#1562020#1502022

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#1732021#2012022#1052023

Wyoming (WY)

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Vermont (VT)

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Popularity Rankings for Bella in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

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Popularity in Hungary

Hungary flagHungary#322021#292022#262023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#672021#632022#432023

Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#622021#1272022#882023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#632021#692022#802023

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#712021#692022#962023

Popularity in Greenland

Greenland flagGreenland#772019#692020#802021

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#732021#812022#782023

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#792021#772022#1302023

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#972019#1092022#1182023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#1242021#1152022#1202023

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#2302021#1312022#1182023

Popularity in Russia (Moscow)

Russia (Moscow) flagRussia (Moscow)#1412017#1362022

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#1602021#1702022#1582023

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1851926#1921929

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#1882021#2002022#1912023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#2762020#3822021#3082022

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#3762021#3662022#2792023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#5272020#5482021#4962022

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Bella a Name for Boys or Girls?

Bella is a name for girls. It is widely used for females due to its meaning and association with femininity, elegance, and beauty.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Bella

Bella in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Bella Hadid (Model, born 1996): An American supermodel renowned for her work with top fashion brands and appearances on numerous magazine covers.
  • Bella Thorne (Actress, born 1997): An American actress and singer recognized for her roles in Disney Channel's "Shake It Up" and various films.
  • Bella Heathcote (Actress, born 1987): An Australian actress acclaimed for her roles in "Dark Shadows" and "The Neon Demon."
  • Bella Emberg (Actress, 1937–2018): A British actress and comedian distinguished for her work on British television.
  • Bella Freud (Fashion Designer, born 1961): A British fashion designer celebrated for her distinctive knitwear and fashion lines.
  • Bella Poarch (Social Media Star, born 1997): A Filipino-American social media personality and singer who gained fame on TikTok.
  • Bella Ramsey (Actress, born 2003): A British actress best known for her role as Lyanna Mormont in "Game of Thrones."
  • Bella Alarie (Basketball Player, born 1998): An American professional basketball player competing in the WNBA.
  • Bella Davidovich (Pianist, born 1928): A Russian-American classical pianist renowned for her performances and recordings.
  • Bella Abzug (Politician, 1920–1998): An American lawyer, U.S. Representative, and leader of the women's movement.
  • Bella Swan ("Twilight," 2008 Film Series): A teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen.
  • "Bella" (2006 Film): A drama about a former soccer star and a waitress whose lives are changed by an unexpected friendship.
  • Bella Cullen ("Twilight," 2008 Film Series): The same character from the Twilight series after her transformation into a vampire.
  • Bella ("The Bell Jar," 1963 Novel): A novel by Sylvia Plath that explores the life of a young woman dealing with mental illness.
  • Bella Flores ("Grimm," 2011 TV Series): A character who appears in this fantasy police procedural drama.
  • "Bella Ciao" (Traditional Song): An Italian protest folk song that became an anthem of resistance.
  • Bella Lasagne ("Postman Pat," 1981 TV Series): A character who runs a pizzeria in the animated series.
  • Bella Goth ("The Sims," 2000 Video Game Series): A famous character in the life simulation video game series.
  • Bella Brown ("This Beautiful Fantastic," 2016 Film): A young woman who dreams of writing children's books and forms an unlikely friendship with her grumpy neighbor.
  • "Bella" (2020 Song): A song by Wolfine featuring Maluma.
  • Bella Vista City (Arkansas, USA): A city in Benton County known for its extensive trail system and scenic lakes.
  • Bella Coola Tribe (British Columbia, Canada): A remote community famous for its stunning fjords and rich indigenous culture.
  • Bella Beach (Oregon, USA): A small coastal community known for its charming cottages and beautiful ocean views.
  • Bella Terra Park (California, USA): A park in Huntington Beach, popular for its playgrounds and picnic areas.
  • Bella Coola River (British Columbia, Canada): A river famous for its salmon runs and breathtaking valley.
  • Bella Island (Alaska, USA): A small island in the Alexander Archipelago known for its wildlife and natural beauty.

Similar Names to Bella

Sibling Names for Bella