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This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Bella in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Bella:

  • Records indicate that 34,521 girls in the United States have been named Bella since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2010, when 5,082 people in the U.S. were given the name Bella. Those people are now 11 years old.

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    Comments about the name Bella

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      31 Positive Comments

  • "My Baby Girl's name is Bella Jaime. I love her name and think it fits her beautiful little. Its just Bella not Isabella or Gabriella lol. People often ask about if I got her name from Twilight eww no!" Mar. 20, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love it except i think the names too informal so ive been trying to think of other names with bella in it, no luck so far." Sep. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughters name is kirabella she was born in 2009 and it has absoulutly no relation to and my fiance decided on this name because we wanted something unique and he feel in love with the name bella and i love the name kira so we put them together and she fits it perfect she's very beautiful. an i have not met anyone else with her name.i also chose a unique spelling for my son which is donavan alexzander and i love it just as much its long but very nice. so yes i believe bella is a beautiful name if used right" Dec. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Bella in 2003. It was a family name and way before Twilight became popular. But she does love the fact that she can find things with her name on them!" Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter was born on September 9th, 2009 and her name is Bella. Not Isabella or Anabella...JUST BELLA! I love her name so much. It fits her perfectly since she is simply beautiful! I wanted to name her what I would call her, so even though Isabella is a great name it wasn't for me since I knew she would end up with a nickname and I didn't want it to be Izzy. LOL! I have had a few people ask if she was named after the movie Twilight, but it doesn't bother me since I know she wasn't. Her middle name is Avery, so she has a VERY original name. I love her and her name and I am so happy I went with it =) My beautiful Bella Avery <3" Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Channing people say its a boy name.... it is not. I hope when i have my kid the name Bella is rare because a like that name" Nov. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Bella and i hate when they start comparing me to Bella from twilight. Because Bella in Spanish means beautiful and also sounds a lot better. in English Bella sounds all dirty. I`m Mexican and personally i think you should have a Lil Hispanic in you to have this name. ooh AND BELLA from twilight is not how you pronounce it ." Nov. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Bella, it's so classic and beautiful! My name is Isabel, do you think I could use Bella as a nickname? It's too late for me to have people start calling me that now but maybe when I go to college.(:" Oct. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ive always Loved the name Isabella!! My brother bought a puppy and named her Bella. Hes stationed in Iraq so Ill be taking care of her for the next few years. I really wanted to name my first daughter Isabella, then my second daughter Julia. Now I don't think i will! :( She'll prob think I named her after the dog haha." Apr. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "hey yall i hae a quickquestion do u like savannah bella or savannah ala" Dec. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have had the name "Bella" picked out for about 12 years now...I met a "Bell" in college, who was the most beautiful girl, smart and very outgoing, I knew right then someday I would have a "bell." I had a son 3 years ago and now am 23 weeks pregnant with our little "Bella" although so upset b/c of Twilight! I see "Bella" being as common as "Ava" or "Emma" was years back. I still am sticking with the name regardless!" Dec. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is the best name ever. Better than my own name. But I love my all the same. =)" Nov. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. I am pregant, and am stronly thinking about using this name for a girl. I know many people will associate this name with twilight, but I really don't care. I thought of this name when I was first pregnant 2003. (I had a boy) The Twilight books hadn't even come out yet. I am Italian and Irish. Our kids have Irish names, and I would love to give my next child an italian name. I find this name simple and beautiful." Oct. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i personally think that Bella in all it's many versions is a truly wonderful name it's short and simple yet beautiful and classy! the fact that the Bella in twilight is named that is i believe highly symbolic, probably referring to the Latin and Italian translation." Sep. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im pregnant and naming my daughter bella because im italian and it means beautiful in latin and italian plus it's unique and pretty..nothing to do with twilight! lol" Aug. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is the most beautiful name I have ever heard. It just rolls off your tongue and it has such a unique, feminie and yet strong quality to it." Jun. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Bella is the prettiest name ever!! when i hear the name Bella i think of Bella from twilight the book and movie. i would name my baby girl that!" May. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is bella and i love it and its different because its just bella not isabella or elizabeth" Apr. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Bella. Were TTC and Im hoping when I do get pregnant its a girl so I can name he Bella." Apr. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Bella is the most beautiful name. I cant wait to have a daughter so I can name her that. I have searched for so long to find a name that flows with various middle names and searched just to find a name that is pretty and I can not find anything better than Bella." Feb. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im 22 weeks pregnant,and only just thought of the name!!! i think its absolutely gorgeous! so pretty for a little girl,cant wait to have my owl little "bella"" Feb. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the idea of Belle or Bella for short if i have a girl im thinking of naming her Briella so i can call her belle too" Jun. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "my name is isabella but i go by bella cause i like it better haha" Jul. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it love it love it! how could a little girl not like her name when it means beautiful?!" Feb. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a daughter called Bella who is 6 months. Before she was born we were going to call her Isabella but when she came out she was so beautiful, we thought we couldnt call her anything but Bella." Jan. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Bella. Its never misspell it or mispronounce it. We think it is a "beautiful" name and it seems like everyone who hears it feels the same way!" Oct. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Bella is beautiful, just like it's meaning! I will keep this name in mind when I deliver my daughter who is due in 2 months." Apr. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a 13 week old rabbit i called her bella, italian for beautiful because she is it is easy to pronounce and spell and everyone that has met her love her and her name" Mar. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a nice name, isn't it? I can say it because my name is Bella, too. But sometimes many persons hurt me, 'cuz they say that the name "BELLA" is dogname...But i thought it's a great name." Mar. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husbands name is Beau, which means beautiful or hansom, and we are planning on calling our baby (if it's a girl) Bella which also means beautiful." Aug. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Bella sounds like a great name - if you're about 98 years old. I would never give my daughter a name that is on the top of the list for dog names!" Jul. 5, 2020: Report as inappropriate

      27 Neutral Comments

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  • "Amazing name,middle name could be Aurora.Beautiful Dawn!" Feb. 7, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Annabella,Bella for short, named after my Italian grandma I had no idea how common my name truly was in all honesty I love my name. It rolls off the tongue and it is common but at least I don't have a crazy name, I would much rather have a name like Kendall or Bella then something like Rosina or Divaldi that's just weird people in all honesty don't like unique names on themselves that's why most people change their unique names to something more basic like mine once a bella always a bella" Apr. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I personally think bella is an awful name. Something youd name a horse or a cow. And even if its just a barnyard animals name and not your childs its still pretty bad. Isabella annabella if your latin or italian is much prettier. I know a father of a bella the mom named the girl without his consent. He detests the name never calls her the name. And the daughter since age 3 hates her name always wants to be called something else." Dec. 8, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Bella my parents chose this name for me because I come from Italian heritage I love my name!!" Nov. 22, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Granddaughter is named Bella Rae and I'm a very proud to say i love her name. I don't ask for people's advice about baby names because as you can see not all have the same opinion so hey guess what all negative people who says you have a great name .... just saying" Aug. 27, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Bela. Yep that's spelled right. Bela with only one L. But I love it like that. So many people have the name Bella. But mine is Bela which is unique and different. I know it sounds the same but when I tell people how to spell they always think it's cool and they remember me because of my unique name!" Aug. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Pretty name. Just hope the child lives up to it. An ugly Bella is a walking oxymoron and that's never a good thing for a child." Dec. 6, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "belle Bella issabell izzabella arabella Annabelle (my preferred spellings)" Jul. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am proud of my name isabella but everyone calls me bella" Mar. 19, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My beautiful little girl's name is Anabelle, and we call her Bella cause her Italian g-grandmother passed away when we were prego with her and she always called the grandkids Bella. I love the name and it fits her so well, she looks just like a Bella. I love that she can use either name and Anabelle is more unique and means "graceful and beautiful."" Jul. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "The only problem I have found with naming my daughter this, is that a LOT of dogs also have the same name...maybe it's just me. But EVERYONE has named their dog Bella! Even Oprah!" Mar. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Actually in Twilight, Bella's first name is Isabella. But Bella is still a nice name." Dec. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I gave birth to my daughter in August of this year. After watching Twilight, I really liked the name Bella, plus I thought it went well with Leigh as a middle name. When I found out that the meaning was "beatiful", I just loved it even more. I was really worried that people would associate me as being some kind of " twilight fanatic" because I named her that. But I eventually just realized, the twilight craze will be over eventually, and I'll still love the name." Dec. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Bella is a beautiful name and goes great with anything. i lovve the fact that my best friends name is bella!!! ohh and by the way even if people think of twilght when they hear bella.. if the name was jacey then it would be the same way!" Aug. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Bella and just that. No Isabella or anything. I kinda liked my name cuase it was uncommon but ever since twilight everytime someone says 'bella' i turn around and they say 'no not you stupid the girl from twilight' or something like that. Its a nice name to have but now people say 'yeah right thats not your name.' 'is that short for isabella.' I wish I could change my name becuase now a bunch of twilight fans are going to make it the most popular name ever. Im an unusual person therefore I need a name to match but it wont be that way for long." Jul. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im a bit annoyed actually, i really like the name isabella, and im writing a book, isabella was going to be the main character (bella for short) and then twilight came out.. and now i cant use it! its one of those things that once a book hits the bestseller list like twilight has, to use the same name is just silly if you want your book to be unique. its killing me coz its hard to find another name that suits a character! nevertheless, its a beautiful name" Jul. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daugthers name is Isabella Grace, but we have always called her Bella. I love this name and so does everyone I meet, although the name is now getting extreamly popular." Jun. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "this name is an awesome name my dog is a 4 year old and her name is Bella. Everybody i know love her and thinks her name rocks!!!" Apr. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i used to love this name, i liked it before stephanie w/e even knew about it..." Apr. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I have a child I will name her Bella because I just finished the twilight series and the main character was named Bella and she was a very strong, brave and an amazing character and I will wish all of that for her!" Mar. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My full name is Annabel.. but I was never an Annie or Anna for short cos it just didnt suit me.. everyone i know calls me Bella, it just sort of 'happened' lol.. tbh, i dont really like Annabel, so i get well annoyed when people call me that now.. im Bella =] .. Bella Rose (thats my middle name) - i love itt!" Feb. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My new little second cousin's name is Bella! Awesome! It describes her perfictly because she is beautiful, just like the word." Aug. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just bought a puppy last night and named her Bella! I think it is a beautiful name and it means beautiful in Italin." Feb. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I have a child, I'm going to name her Bella, Paige, or Brandi." May. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I went on a trip and came home yesterday and was surprised with a new kitten. she was beautiful. so we decided to call her Bella. it's perfect for her." May. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother's name was Bella, which I think is unusual for a woman of Eastern Eurpoean Jewish descent." May. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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