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Famous bearer is child actress Bella Riza.
-- Destry  4/14/2005
Bella is also used as a nickname for Isabella.
-- mariej2  4/29/2005
Also from 'Isabel', meaning "consecrated to God", which was derived from 'Elizabeth' (Hebrew), meaning "oath of God".
-- daisypinks  6/7/2005
With a few alterations, Bella could mean "dawn" in Scottish Gaelic; beul an là (literally, "mouth/opening of the day"), so therefore, with some contractions, it could become "Beullà" or "Beulà" (both pronounced as "BAY-lah"). The literal meaning might not be so flattering, though.
-- gaelruadh19  7/30/2005
What a beautiful name! This would have to be my favourite name. Such a lady-like and gorgeous name. I just wish I had a daughter now...!
-- Anonymous User  8/30/2005
Is of old Spanish origin: Bellalinda.
-- BellaElizabeth  10/15/2005
I know a 6-year-old named Annabella, and Bella is her nickname.
-- eponine_pontmercy  11/25/2005
Bella really is "beautiful"! I would use this name to describe a poised, patient, beautiful ballerina!
-- rubberduckiiz2  1/9/2006
Like its meaning Bella is one of Italy's most beautiful names.
-- xxxamazingxxx  2/11/2006
I love this name. It can be short for Isabella, Anabella, or just by itself, so awesome.
-- amber monkey  4/18/2006
There's a character in The Sims game called Bella Goth married to Mortimer Goth. In the sequel 'The Sims 2' she was supposedly abducted by aliens. I love this name, it's very cute!
-- rinygrin  5/8/2006
"Bella" could be a short form of "Mirabella".
-- iva_toneva  5/10/2006
I love the name Bella and the character that shares the same name from The Sims.
-- Anonymous User  5/10/2006
I have a cat named Bella. I think it's really cute.
-- arabgoddess  5/18/2006
Bella is such a cutie name. I am desirous of this name!
-- name_obsession  5/22/2006
Just a quick fact: If you've ever read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, you'll know that the main character's name is Bella Swan. Great book, by the way.
-- Katia101  6/11/2006
This is the name of my sister's black cat and I love it. It is truly a beautiful name for a cat or a human. I just love seeing it and hearing it. One of the best names ever.
-- corrielover  8/10/2006
This is a lovely name!
-- FairyGirl  8/18/2006
I think this name is beautiful. I in fact wish this was my name!
-- taures07  8/26/2006
Whilst I love this name, it is also a character on the children's TV show "The Tweenies." Think human-shaped Teletubbies! An interesting show, but that Bella would be the first thought of most under-5's meeting a child called Bella!
-- Anonymous User  9/5/2006
Bella is a nickname and is used as such in Italian-speaking communities. Every woman can be (and is, in Italy) called Bella. It's like being called Honey, or Sweetie, or Babe. It's a come-on and really inappropriate as a given name for an actual person.
-- forbia  9/18/2006
Bella is my nickname, my real name is Annabel, but sometimes I think Bella can sound a bit funny with the B, even though that's the name. I guess that doesn't really make sense but that's my impression. I prefer it more than Annabel.
-- bellaboo  10/3/2006
Bella is such a beautiful name! When I have a daughter I'm going to name her Bella Charlotte. It reminds me of some pretty little Italian girl.
-- Namegirl2000  10/15/2006
I love this name! I am naming the first daughter I have Bella. It's so cute and pretty for a little girl, and beautiful for a woman.
-- Anonymous User  10/23/2006
My name is Bella, how can it be English if it means beautiful in Italian? It is an Italian name, and Belle is French. None of these are English.
-- bellaboo  10/23/2006
At first, I was in love with this name. But after a while, it just got old and unappealing. With every kid named this because of the surge of popularity, I get even more sick of it.
-- dreadfulxsorry  11/16/2006
Bella means dessert in Latin! (-:
-- Anonymous User  12/3/2006
Bella is my nickname from my friend. Well, really it's from when we started calling each other Narcissa and Bellatrix from Harry Potter, and that kinda turned into Cissy and Bella!
-- ekatz7  12/5/2006
Bella is also Spanish and it means beautiful, it's pronounced Bay-ya.
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2007
Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter is called "Bella" by her sister and Voldemort - possibly by others that she is close to, as well.
-- Emmasj  1/14/2007
Very cute name but becoming overused.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2007
It sounds adorable for a little girl. And for a cat too.
-- JoeyForever  2/7/2007
How can you not adore this name? I love it. It's not nearly as nauseously popular as Madison and it rolls off the tongue. It's a wonderful name, through and through.
-- hiya  2/23/2007
Bella can also be a nickname for Belinda (my own name). I'm usually Belle but I have a few friends who like Bella better and so that is what they call me. It is very nice being called 'beautiful' every time someone says my name :)
-- Belle  3/17/2007
I like this name a lot and prefer it to the common name "Ella".
-- Hola123  4/21/2007
Bella Wilfer is a character in "Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens.
-- Kate  5/8/2007
I love the name Bella. It's such a pretty, soft name.
-- fredisred  5/10/2007
When I have kids one of them has to be Bella. This name is just magical. Love it love it love it. It's very strong and elegant.
-- bookdiva  6/21/2007
The *name* Bella is English. The word (not name) 'Bella' is Italian for 'beautiful' as the word 'belle' is French for beautiful. Either way though it is lovely and very versatile. It's a nickname that can be used by a lot of different names.
-- Anonymous User  6/27/2007
Not my favorite name (seems too, I don't know, cliche). However, my association with the name is to the main character of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, (a FABULOUS book) so it's definitely not all bad.
-- emc  7/8/2007
Such a pretty name.
-- thefancyapple  8/29/2007
Bella reminds me of the word 'belly' too strongly for me to like it.
-- 7up  9/19/2007
I dislike this name, but I also dislike "Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer, the two go hand in hand. Also, the current popularity with Isabella is sickening.
-- spaz123  10/11/2007
Found under the forms Bela, Vella, Belia in Judeo-Spanish.
-- Anonymous User  11/22/2007
I think Bella is an awesome name, perfect as a nickname for Isabella or Annabella.
-- neleh  1/12/2008
Sounds like something you would name a small puppy.
-- jasmineenimsaj  1/16/2008
Bella has a big belly.
-- 999666  1/22/2008
I like this name, although I have heard it only three times. Once on a baby kitten and twice on little girls. The name doesn't really strike me as something I can see on a 20 year old or even older. I'd name her Annabelle and call her Bella and when she got old call her Anna or Annabelle whichever the little girl herself chose. But either way, I still like this name. I'm not sure why, it's just sweet. But I really don't think I'll ever use it if I have another daughter. Although Annabelle or Anabelle seem to be something I could use, and call her Bella until about her senior year of high school and then I would call her Anna or Ana, or if she chose, Annabelle or Anabelle. It all depends on the child and her parents really. But I still like this name.
-- Patricia Underwood  2/17/2008
My first name is Isabela and I refused to let anyone call me Bella after that book 'Twilight' by Stephanie Meyer was released. I'm sorry but I dislike that book with a burning passion. And it's the trendy thing for teenagers to read nowadays so everyone makes that association to my name and the character from that book. So now, people just call me Belle.
-- isabelajane  2/22/2008
Too cutesy and girly, and people from certain countries would laugh at the name becase it means 'beautiful'. Just in case your daughter will be very intelligent and ambitious, but not interested in showbiz, she might have some credibility problems with this name.
-- slight night shiver  4/20/2008
I like the name Bella, but I prefer Belle. It's grown on me a bit since Bella's the main character in Twilight, a series I love. However, if I was named Isabella, I would go by Izzie, not Bella. Izzie is adorable, and with Bella I just want to shorten it to the much prettier and sweeter Belle. I also prefer Ella to Bella, and I prefer Isabelle to Isabella.
-- harry_sent_me  4/29/2008
It's a nice delicate name, but it's OK not the best not the worst.
-- mary26  7/19/2008
Very kitsch.
-- tiny_clever_outlet  8/31/2008
I LOVE the name Bella, it is the most beautiful name out there. Sadly Stephanie Meyer had to go and waste it on Bella in Twilight (terrible book by the way) and now so many parents are naming their kids Bella because of it, so it will be a very popular name. Btw, I have a cat named Bella, who was Bella WAY before Twilight!
-- yohevid  9/30/2008
-cheers to the previous comment-

Anyway, I do like Bella, but as a nickname for names like Annabella, Isabella, etc., and not as a name by itself.
-- _clippit_  10/14/2008
Bella stands for
Beautiful
Ellegant
Lovely
Lovable
Attractive
-- Dragon_Clarinet  11/10/2008
As for a girl; it wouldn't be pretty as a full name; but to me this name is graceful, soft and delicate. But only if it's a nickname for something else like Annabell or Isabell or something like that.
-- _0TophasNails_1  11/22/2008
I will forever associate this name with Bella Swan of Twilight. Too prissy and I found Bella of Twilight to be a very weak main character in a book that really seemed to want to be about Edward. No offense meant to the real Bellas out there.
-- Anonymous User  12/4/2008
This name is linked to the Latin words 'bellum' (meaning 'war') and 'bellus' (meaning 'beautiful' or 'pleasant') - it is the plural of the former and the plural or feminine form of the latter. It's up to you which etymology you choose to believe, I suppose.
-- seraphine_eternal  1/19/2009
Name your character this if you want them to be unrealistic. Name your daughter this if you want to take the short way out and give them a name that's so meaningful. Right. Bella, beautiful, of course. It's not deep, it's just a name you pick because you read awful literature. After Twilight, naming your child Bella is the cool thing to do. But why would you name your daughter after a weak, dependent main character who constantly journeys into unrealistically perfect territory while simultaneously engaging in "true love" with perfect Edward? Why name your daughter something that ought to be a dog's name when there are so many actually beautiful names out there? The name Bella is far from original, and I rather you name your daughter Pineapple than something this pathetic.
-- Wilted  1/20/2009
Okay, Wilted, not everyone who names their kid Bella loves Twilight. Maybe some of them actually think it's a pretty name! Imagine that! I happen to love this name.
-- Anonymous User  5/4/2009
Bella Swan ruined this name for me. I can never hear this name now without cringing.
-- MtotheK  5/14/2009
Besides for Bella Swan being a weak, annoying, shallow, and love-obsessed "character", there really isn't much to this name. Ignoring Twilight, this name is still unoriginal, with all the Disney princesses and such. The meaning also isn't very deep or unique. There are so, so many other names that mean "beautiful", and sound more sophisticated than this.
-- Kerules  5/29/2009
Yes twilight seems to have very well destroyed the thoughts of certain names lately. Well yes I agree, it is kitsch in a way. The name is fine for other people I suppose.
-- Gematachi  6/3/2009
It's somewhat recently occurred to me that I'm irrevocably in love with this name. ^_^ I have thousands of characters named Bella, or with names (think Arabella, think Bella-Grace, think Bellarose, think Rosabella - the latter being my stage name) that include it in some way. I think it's a simple, classic and feminine name - memorable, easy to spell, yet still interesting somehow. The "Twilight" association is somewhat irritating, since Bella Swan (*cough* didanyonesaymarysuebutohwell *cough*) will be the first thing many people think of when they hear this name, but Bella is still a lot nicer than a lot of other girls' names out there (honestly, would you rather see a little Bella or another Mukynzii/Nevaeh nightmare?!). I would use it either as a name in its own right or as a short form of Rosabella on a daughter.
-- Sophannagh  6/14/2009
It's a nice name, but it's also been ruined by Twilight.
-- bananarama  7/16/2009
I liked Bella until Twilight came out. Plus its popularity has grown so much that it looks unappealing. I'm not a big fan of really popular names to begin with, but this one seems even worse to me.
Even if I liked the character with Bella, naming your kid a name that will forever be associated with a character seems like it would annoy the kid who has it. They have expectations to be like the character and have people go "Oh, like Bella from Twilight?" every time they introduce themselves. Plus it also takes away from what the name actually means and puts more focus on the character than on the name itself or the person with the name.
-- plutogirlgenius  8/24/2009
Eww. Okay I used to love this name and then Twilight came out and literally killed the poor name. All the Isabellas at my school started going by BELLA and there are like 200 Bellas now, it is so annoying! I like Belle better!
Bella's a good name, for an ANIMAL.
-- italiannames  9/1/2009
I used to use this name as the protagonist of all my stories. I was going to name my future baby Bella too. Twilight ruined all that. =[
-- sarah_laraine  9/29/2009
Twilight didn't ruin this name for me. I already didn't like the way it sounded before Twilight ever came into focus. It just sounds like a new found bell type. Not something I'd name my daughter.
-- BlueSalvation  9/29/2009
I loved this name WAY before the Twilight books came out. I was planning to name my daughter Bella, now it is ruined and WAY too common.

Here is a shout out to everyone who loved this name before Twilight and hates it now because of Twilight!
-- Alora  12/20/2009
Twilight just wrecked this name for me; but I still love it. I'd just use it as Bella as I don't like Isabella or Annabella etc. Bella used to make me think of a funny smart girl- until Twilight came along and made me think of a wimpy lovesick teenager. (No offence to Twilight Fans).
-- Emily Cheeseface  1/24/2010
I find it unusable because it means "beautiful" in a few languages and seems cheesy. Therefore, I think Bella Swan has the silliest full-name name ever.
Apparently damsels in distress are more important than linguistics.
-- lucyskydiamonds  3/28/2010
Personally, I feel that any name that translates into "beautiful" is rather pretentious and shallow. There are so many more meaningful names out there. It might have been fine if the name itself was more interesting (like Kallisto), but Bella is boring as a name. Also, for some reason, it always makes me think of an overfed and spoiled white Persian cat. I'm not really sure why.
-- TheAntiBella  5/14/2010
I like this name, but the Twilight association kind of ruined it.
-- Chrila96  9/23/2010
I like the name. However, it will always be a dogs name to me.
-- Piccadilly  11/3/2010
I really like this nickname, but would not use the name Isabella because of its popularity. However, I LOVE the name Bellatrix so this is perfect.
-- Liesl  11/18/2010
Wow. It's a character in a book... Calm down. And to the person above me-- so you'll use it because it's a Harry Potter name and not a Twilight name? ... Nice.
I like this name, a long time ago my best friend and I carved an apple and named it Bella (what a coincidence now xD)
-- Shannonanon  1/12/2011
Personally I didn't like this name very much anyway, and then Twilight came along and sealed its fate. It's ironic, though, that one of the most intelligent people I know is named Bella. Thankfully she's much older than the target audience of the Twilight books and so won't have to put up with undue attention.
-- kkgnoise  2/2/2011
I like the name Bella, it's beautiful. And my middle name is Sabella.
-- earthangel  3/5/2011
I used to love this name, especially for as a nickname for Isabella. Unfortunately, those horrid books ruined it.

And for the person who said it's 'just a character' must not understand the influence literary characters have on us. The name Lolita is 'just a character' too but people don't want to use it. Same with Jezebel, depending on certain things. There are many names that are associated with 'just characters' that are unusable because of it. Bella is one of them.
-- Book_Reader22  3/29/2011
I used to be absolutely obsessed with the name Bella, but then the whole Twilight franchise kind of ruined it for me... no offense if your name is Bella or if you like the name though. :P
-- Ryry1996  5/4/2011
I don't care if it is too popular or people think about 'Twilight' because I loved this name way before I even heard of Twilight. So I will use this if I want and no famous book or movie saga is gonna stop me! Lol I just think this name is adorable and cute and sweet for a little girl and also edgy enough for an older girl.
-- adrenalinekat  6/15/2011
I think it's pretty, but the association with Twilight puts me off (I like the books, but the character was so flat and Mary-Sue-ish). I prefer Bell.
-- Black_X  8/19/2011
A famous bearer is teen actress Bella Thorne.
-- LittleSamGirl  9/22/2011
This name needs to throw itself off a cliff. I hate the fact that it has become popular due to a weak, brainless character who does NOTHING and lets a pallid vampire boy run her life for her. What a pointless turd of a name.
-- Anonymous User  5/26/2012
This is a name that can grow with the child, not too cutesy and it's a strong name that a young woman could enter the work force with. I love Bella by itself. Its independant enough without a long name like "Isabella" or "Aribella".
-- I love strange names  9/13/2012
I never liked this name. It sounds kinda tacky, and of course there's the association with the whiny, immature, and annoying Bella Swan from that lame excuse for a book Twilight.
-- Buneary  11/10/2012
I like Isabella, but I don't like Bella. This name always reminds me of that annoying Mary Sue character Bella Swan from those godawful Twilight books.
-- Lolth  4/2/2013
Ok, people, just because the name has a bad association doesn't mean it's completely horrible! I loved Bella before Twilight (the name also means "Oath Of God", as a diminutive of Elizabeth) and I still love it, despite Bella Swan. It goes the other way too. I met a guy with a horrible name, and fell in deep infatuation with him. I still hate his name. If you can't stand the commonness of Isabella, here are all the names I've ever seen that end in Bella, and I'm not making this up:

Abella
Adabella
Amabella
Annabella
Arabella
Cabella
Carabella
Christabella
Clarabella
Dulcibella
Mabella
Mariabella
Mirabella
Orabella
Rosabella
Sabella
Sybella.
-- Sabella Authoress  4/4/2013
I used to really like this name, years before it got super-trendy. Now it's just way too oversaturated, on pets and zoo animals as well as babies! It seems like every fifth dog, cat, and bunny these days is also named Bella. It's frustrating enough that Isabella, one of my favorite names since 1995, became so overused to the point where I'd never consider using it anymore. Now one of its nickname forms is also far too overused, all thanks to some poorly-written books.
-- Anyechka  5/31/2013
I LOVE this name. I wish it was my name as a matter of fact!
-- adrienneyo_  1/13/2014

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