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Isabella Meaning


What does Isabella mean?

The name Isabella is of Spanish origin.

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

The name Isabella was imported into France in the Middle Ages, and from there into England. It was a popular name amongst royalty.

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 Popularity

In the U.S. in 2015, it ranked 5 in baby name popularity for girls with 15,504 occurrences. It ranked 4,567 in baby name popularity for boys with 21 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 4 in baby name popularity for girls with 17,027 occurrences. It ranked 4,743 in baby name popularity for boys with 20 occurrences.

Want to see how Isabella sizes up? How it compares to some other names? Then check out the Isabella Name Popularity Page.

Isabella Related Names

Isabella is a form of Elizabeth.

Variants of the name Isabella include Isabela, Isebella.

The names Izabela, Izabella are all forms of Isabella.

Isabella has the diminutives (nicknames) Bella, Sabella.

Famous Isabellas

  • Isabella Knightley ~ Emma character
  • Isabella Rossellini ~ Actress
  • Isabella Thorpe ~ Northanger Abbey character

Isabella Numerology

Destiny Number, Life Path Number, Soul Urge and Personality Number. These Numerological numbers may tell your child's story. Take a look at the Numerology Of Isabella.

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Isabella Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Isabella in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Isabella.

Just for fun, see the name Isabella in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Isabella in Nautical Flags page.