Girl Names baby name Isabella

What does the name Isabella mean?

The meaning of the name “Isabella” is: “Consecrated to God; devoted to God”.

Additional information: Isabella is a Hebrew origin name. It is derived from elīsheba' (God is my oath). The name was borne by many medieval royalties, including queen acquaintances of England, France, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary, and the queen Isabella of Castile who sponsored the explorations of Christopher Columbus and laid the foundations for the unification of Spain, with her husband Ferdinand of Aragon. Isabella of France was the wife of English king Edward II. Due to his ineffective leadership, she helped lead a successful invasion against him to put her son upon the throne. Princess Isabella of Denmark, who was born in 2007, is the daughter of the Danish Crown Prince Frederik.

Isabella, the name spread all over Spain, Portugal and France, adopted by royalty in the 12th century. It grew popular in England in the 13th century after Isabella of Angoulême married the English king John, and subsequently affirmed its popularity when Isabella of France married Edward II in the 14th century.

The name held the number one spot in 2010. In 2010, the baby girls who took this name represented 1.170 percent of total female births in this year in US. Isabella is a superstar baby girl name, being the top name for two years running- from 2009 to 2010—thanks to the 'Twilight' effect. However its popularity decreased ranking at number 3 in USA for 2012 and to 0.874 percent of total births in 2014.

Isabella appears as a popular character of a recent Mexican ghost story ‘La Mala Hora’. As the Louisiana Land Title Legend goes, the Spanish acquired Louisiana after its exploration by an Italian named Columbus, who was financially backed by Isabella, the queen of Spain.

The name Isabella has worked wonders for celebs like model and actress Isabella Rossellini, American director Isabella Brewster, actress and singer Isabella Castillo.

The name Isabella is also used by William Shakespeare in his play "Measure for Measure",  in Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey' and Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'.

The unique versions of the name are: Isabela, Izabella. People worldwide also love popular variants like Isabell, Isabele, Isabeli, BettinaElisa, Élisa, Elisabel, Elisabeth, Élisabeth, ElisabettaElise. The common dimunitives for Isabella are Is, Isa,Isab, Isbel, Sabella. Nifty nicknames include Izzy, Ibby, Isa and Belle.

A Spanish variation comes from the combination of Elizabeth and Isabel.

The name is popular with its variants in numerous countries and regions. Isabelle is the French version, Isabella the Italian one, and Isobel the Scottish spelling. Elisheva is popular in Hebrew, Elizaveta, Yelizaveta are the Russian versions, IsabelYsabelEliElisaElisabet, IsaIsabelaLiliana are the names tried out in Spain.