Alternate spellings: Bell, Belle
Bella is Italian for “beautiful,” but it also sounds a bit dark and foreign… almost like a vampire queen. Okay, it only got that association recently; Bella is the main character in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. The first book, Twilight, came out in 2005 and is already a blockbuster movie. So are its three sequels. Not since Harry Potter has a book series captivated this large of an audience.
And that audience, it seems, has named every single one of its daughters after its new heroine. Bella, which reappeared on the U.S. top 1,000 in 2000 after almost seventy years off the list, has made a supernatural climb through the list. Bella’s also a frequent nickname for Isabella (the Twilight character’s full firstie), which is a top pick for U.S. baby girls today.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008