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The first name 

Isabella is a first name typically given to girls, but in rare cases also used as a boys name.

Isabella is a very popular name!

In the US, Isabella is one of the most popular names ever. In the SmartGenius ranking recently, it has regularly been among the top 10 most common girls names and is currently in place 4. In fact, one out auf 300 girls under the age of 10 is named Isabella. In total, there are currently 377,833 people – children, adults and seniors – named Isabella living in the United States, which is approximately 0.11 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Isabella mean?

The first name Isabella is a Spanish or Portuguese form of Elizabeth and means ‘God is my oath’. It is taken from the Bible and comes from the Greek form of the Hebrew name ‘Elischeba’.

By the way… Isabella was one of the most popular women's names among medieval royalty.

Isabella is the name of several famous people

An actress

Isabel Lucas (*1985)
The Australian actress and model starred, for example, in 'Home and Away,' 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' or in the remake of 'MacGyver.' In 2004, Lucas served as spokesperson for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation, and she supports numerous other organizations.

A fictional character

Isabella 'Bella' Swan
Isabella 'Bella' Swan is the main protagonist of the Twilight series of novels by Stephenie Meyer, who falls in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire. The books were also made into a movie starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

An actress, model & author

Isabella Rosselini (*1952)
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is very famous, not only as an actress, but also as a model and author. She is the daughter of the famous Swedish actress Ingrid Bergmann and the Italian director Roberto Rossellini. She starred in 'Blue Velvet' and 'Crime of the Century', among others.

A writer

Isabel Allende (*1942)
Isabel Angélica Allende Llona is a Chilean-American writer and journalist. Her works have been translated into 27 different languages to date and sometimes include aspects of the magical realism genre. Over 51 million copies have been sold.

A comic book writer

Tony Isabella (*1951)
The US American worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, among others. For Marvel, for example, he wrote the series 'Ghost Rider,' 'The Champions' and 'Captain America' and in 1977 he created the superhero character 'Black Lightning' for DC.

A car

Borgward Isabella
The Borgward 'Isabella' was a mid-size passenger car produced by Borgward-Werke AG from 1954 to 1962. The Isabella was considered one of the most beautiful cars of its time.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Isabella, you might first think of a woman or a girl. But did you know that there are also places with the name Isabella? Are you also called Isabella? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

Isabella Station

A former station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Evanston Line - now known as the Purple Line

In Alabama...

you can visit the unincorporated community of Isabella with a public high school of the same name.

A cruise ferry

The MS Isabelle is owned and operated by the Estonia-based Tallink.

On Venus,...

the second largest impact crater is named Isabella in homage to 15th Century queen of Spain, Isabella I. of Castile.

(210) Isabella...

is the name of a large and dark asteroid from the central asteroid belt with a diameter of about 49.71 miles (80 km).

The largest island...

of the Galápagos, with an length of 62.14 miles (100 km), is called Isabela and is almost four times larger than Santa Cruz.

Isabella -
a number 1 name of this millennium!

2 - this is the number of times that the first name Isabella has entered the top position, i.e. rank 1, of the most popular first names for girls in the USA. The last time was not so long ago, in the year 2010, when 22,955 newborn girls were given this beautiful name. And even when it wasn't on top in the past, it has been given by new parents to their daughters every year since first name statistics began in 1880, putting it in the exclusive circle of only 432 first names for girls that are given at least 5 times a year in the USA. This makes Isabella one of the timeless classics among first names that have truly become part of the American identity.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Isabella was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

2022: Position 6 for the first name Isabella

In 2022, the first name Isabella was given 11,675 times to newborn girls, ranking it #6. The name was given least in the year 1979, where it ranked #3,249 - but even then 22 of newborn girls were given this first name.

Isabella -
especially popular in Nevada

Isabella is one of the most common names in the U.S. – in all states combined, 377,771 women would currently turn around if you called out ISABELLA really loud. Across all states and age groups, this lands Isabella on position 91 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top female names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above. With so many women named Isabella, it’s no surprise that the name is widely used in every single state in the U.S., but would you have guessed that it’s especially popular in Nevada? Here, 0,806% of all female residents bear the name Isabella – that is a total of 3,602 women with this popular name and no other state has as many women named Isabella relative to its population. But that’s not all the popularity: in Nevada Isabella belongs to the top 10 of all womens names – the 3,602 elevate their name up to place #8 in the SmartGenius ranking of the most common female names for Nevada.

Isabella has 8 letters 
and begins with an I

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter I is pretty rare as an initial letter for girls' names: only 1.7% of all common girls' names in the US begin with an I. The most common first letters of girls' names, by the way, are A, S and M, while U, X and Q are the least common initials of girls' names.

With eight letters, the name Isabella is long compared to other names. In fact, 14.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly eight letters. 78% of all first names are shorter, while only 8% of all boys’ and girls’ names use nine letters or even more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long with no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that since 1.7% of all girls’ names begin with an I, this initial occurs only about half as often as the other letters on average. Nevertheless, there are of course single names that begin with an I, which are quite popular

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Isabella

If your name is Isabella and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Isabella

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Isabella, you can simply say:









This is how the name Isabella is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Isabella in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Isabella

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Isabella is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Isabella

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Isabella sounds like this: