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Baby Names: Isabella – Babble


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Meaning: God is my oath

Origin: Italian

Alternate spellings: Isabelle, Isobelle Izabelle, Izabele, Bella, Bell, Belle

Isabella’s yet another play on Elizabeth, which means “God is my oath.” But this particular Elizabeth – and there are plenty of them – has shot up the charts in the last decade, becoming the most popular girl’s name in 2009. There’s only one reason for this: the release of Twilight as a book and movie series, featuring Isabella “Bella” Swan (Bella’s a great nickname, by the way, but it’s one that’s going to be terribly popular for decades to come…or burn out from its own ubiquity). Although Isabella still sounds old-fashioned, it’s one of the vintage names that’s really making the scene today.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 45

2004: 7

2008: 2

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Isabel 96

Isabela 533

Izabella 231

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8 thoughts on “Baby Names: Isabella – Babble

  1. says:

    Isabella Rossolini

  2. says:

    Beautiful, sweet but strong!

  3. says:

    Isabella Elizabeth

  4. says:

    Isabella Rose

  5. says:

    this name is strong and talented it would be a good name if i had a daughter

  6. says:

    my friends sister name is isabelle

  7. Anonymous says:

    nice name

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