What does Isabella mean?
The meaning of Isabella is "G-d oath, pledged to G-d".
Isabella is generally used as a girl's name.
It consists of 8 letters and 4 syllables and is pronounced I-sa-be-lla.
The Given Name Isabella
One of its more famous namesakes Queen Isabella I along with her husband King Ferdinand VII was unfortunately responsible for one of the darkest periods in human history.
In 1480 Isabella and Ferdinand began the formalized State / Church sponsored persecution of its Jewish population, the Spanish Inquisition. Although purification of the faith was the original motive for the Inquisition, it became an opportunity to seize wealth and carry out racial and political motives.
The Spanish Inquisition is infamous for the level of inhumane brutality employed to gain confessions of heresy from the accused. Whether the accused ended up confessing or not many were sentenced to death by fire.
In 1492, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand expelled the Jews of Spain by royal edict. The Muslims of Spain (the Moors) were expelled ten years later.
In that same year, 1492, Isabella was convinced by Christopher Columbus to sponsor his voyage of discovery. Because of the timing of this exploration, it is believed that many Jews were counted amongst the explorers.
Some famous bearers of this name include: Isabella Knightley, Isabella Rossellini, and Isabella Thorpe.
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Isabella Related Names
- Isabella Knightley ~ Emma character
- Isabella Rossellini ~ Actress
- Isabella Thorpe ~ Northanger Abbey character
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