Pros and Cons of Isabella

Could you please give me your pros and cons for [name_f]Isabella[/name_f]?

I used to love this name, then sort of forgot about it, and now love it again.

[name_f]Do[/name_f] you think it is possible to use it without a nickname?

Is it too common? I have the feeling the popularity has gone back a lot so probably not so many of baby-age around now?

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[name_m]Can[/name_m] work for any ages
Many nn options
[name_m]Easy[/name_m] to spell & pronounce

It’s no. 10, according to the ssa rating in the US
[name_u]Will[/name_u] probably not being the only [name_f]Isabella[/name_f] in class
People tend to shorten names, so a nn might not be avoidable
Too associated with [name_f]Bella[/name_f] (whose full name is Isabella) from [name_u]Twilight[/name_u]



*Elegant and pretty but not too fussy
*Familiar and easy to say and wear
*Izzy, Isby, [name_f]Belle[/name_f], Sabby, and [name_f]Bella[/name_f] are all cute but I’ve known several Isabellas who’ve just been Isabellas
*Isabella [name_m]Linton[/name_m] of Wuthering Heights is one of my fave characters so that’s a plus for me

*It is very popular and has been for a while
*You could avoid nicknames but the nn are very obvious and well known so they might well get used


Pros: elegant, well-known, pronounceable in many languages
Cons: multiple spellings/similar names it might get mixed up with

I think if it’s your name, you could say “please call me [name_f]Isabella[/name_f] in full” but I think if you named your daughter [name_f]Isabella[/name_f], it would be her choice and she might want to go by [name_f]Bella[/name_f], [name_u]Isa[/name_u], [name_u]Izzy[/name_u], etc one day.

And in the US [name_f]Isabella[/name_f] is still the 7th most popular name for baby girls as of last year. Plus [name_f]Isabelle[/name_f] and [name_f]Isabel[/name_f] are in the top 200 as well.

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Cons, and they’re only cons if that bothers you -

  • it’s really popular
  • probably not usable without a nickname / all the Isabellas I’ve known (of) went by a nickname or at least used one around friends


  • it’s familiar and travels well
  • it’s a beautiful, feminine name
  • lots of nicknames beyond [name_f]Bella[/name_f]
  • could be a subtle honour for an [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]

Personally, I’m a big fan of the name, I wouldn’t use it myself because I have a friend named [name_f]Isabella[/name_f] (who goes by Isa) but I’m not bothered by its popularity and would have it on my list otherwise.
I also especially like it as a middle name, it’s rather unexpected and makes for a nice surprise in the middle spot!

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[name_f]Isabella[/name_f] is so pretty :heart: [name_m]Even[/name_m] after all this time of so much use internationally, seeing her makes me happy haha.

Romantic, full of history, lush, feminine, regal
So much fun to say

If you want to avoid a nn, it might not be easy. [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] and [name_f]Bella[/name_f] are so popular.
There are a lot of Isabellas around.

I guess depending on your religious preferences, the meaning could be a positive or negative. It’s a huge positive for me. :heart:

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[name_f]Pretty[/name_f] enough
[name_m]Classic[/name_m] and well-established as a name
Lots of nickname options
Ages well


Very popular
Some unavoidable nicknames

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Isabella is definitely usable without a nn, but imagine other people may attempt at shortening it. Then again, people these days are good at respecting what the individual themselves wants to be called :thinking:

Pros: Isabella is beautiful! It rolls of the tongue so well. Classic, historical (?), literary. Good nn potential. You like it ! :grin:

Cons: as I’ve mentioned in similar, could take away a sense of gender choice, as it’s usually associated with females. It’s a very girly name too, imo! But Izzy is more spunky/ boyish, so there would be that choice for the bearer, I guess.

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my name is isabella and i don’t hate it per se but i don’t love it, people call me bella and i’m not sure if i want to keep it for my life so idk

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I taught many Isabelles and Isabellas for many years. Not sure if there are a lot of little ones with the name now.

I don’t care for [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] or [name_f]Bella[/name_f], though I like [name_f]Isabella[/name_f]. I prefer [name_u]Esme[/name_u], [name_f]Ismene[/name_f], and [name_f]Isadora[/name_f].

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Familiar internationally.
[name_m]Long[/name_m] history with a number of famous namesakes.
Biblical roots and spiritual meaning (if that matters to you).
Variety of nickname options.
Not much ambiguity in terms of spelling/pronunciation.

Very popular among the current generation of kids.
Not really a classic name in [name_f]English[/name_f] (compared to [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] which is the standard [name_f]English[/name_f] form of the Biblical name) - it will likely seem dated at some point.
The nicknames [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] and [name_f]Bella[/name_f] are probably hard to avoid.

[name_f]Pretty[/name_f], classic, international, feminine, sounds intelligent, fancy, everyone knows how to spell and pronounce it, versatile with nicknames, suits any age

Too popular, and has been for two decades is the main con. Some people might shorten it to [name_f]Bella[/name_f] automatically, which wouldn’t have to be a con, but if you don’t want to be called that, it could be annoying.
Overall, I think [name_f]Isabella[/name_f] is a very pretty name, and despite its popularity, I would like to see it being used as it’s classic and old fashioned, especially with all the horrible made up names babies get these days. I don’t think it needs a nickname since it is easy to pronounce and well known.