So you’ve scoured the ‘net for the perfect first name for your baby girl and decided on the lovely name of Isabella. All that time and effort and agreeing with your significant other only to realize you now have to find and agree on middle names for Isabella.
You may be ready to throw in the towel or maybe you just want help putting names together. Whatever the case, we’re here to help. This isn’t just a long list of middle names thrown together. We know that can be just as overwhelming, just another long name list to scroll through and decide upon.
This list was carefully curated and broken down into categories, which you’ll find below. But, the best part is that we pair Isabella with the middle name and the meaning of the middle name all within a glance.
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Middle names for Isabella
Before we get into the great middle name options for your baby, let’s look at Isabella a bit just in case you haven’t had time to explore fun facts about this name.
The meaning of Isabella: devoted to God or God is my oath
History of the name: The name Isabella is of Spanish and Italian origin. It is a variation of the name Elizabeth, which is of Hebrew origin and means “God is my oath”. In the following centuries, the name Isabella became popular throughout Europe and was borne by many queens and noblewomen.
It was also used as a literary name, appearing in works such as Shakespeare’s play “Measure for Measure” and Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Fall of the House of Usher”. The name Isabella became more popular in the United States in the 1990s, and it has remained a popular name for girls in recent years.
Potential nick names:
- Bella – meaning: beautiful
- Izzy – meaning: God’s promise
- Isa – meaning: salvation of God/strong-willed
- Bell – meaning: beautiful
- Ella – meaning: beautiful/Goddess
Famous people named Isabella:
- Isabella Rossellini – Italian actress
- Isabella I of Castile – Spanish Queen of Castile
- Isabella II of Spain – 19th century queen of Spain who ruled from 1833 to 1868. She was the last queen of Spain to have actual political power.
Famous people named Bella:
- Bella Thorne – American actress, singer, and social media personality.
- Bella Hadid – American fashion model, television personality and social media influencer.
- Isabella May Ramsey – English actor known for her role as young noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in the Game of Thrones
Choosing a middle name:
When thinking about a middle name for Isabella, say the names together out loud. Something about speaking the names together brings more life to the lanes than thinking them in your head. They can also sound different spoken than thought, as strange as that may sound.
Also consider how the names sound with your last name and consider initials.
Middle Names with 1 Syllable:
All the below names are 1 syllable, which are great to pair with a longer first name. They could also be great with a nick name and the middle name used together. Like, Izzy Mae or Bella Blue. Consider speaking the names together out loud in order to get the full effect of the name before crossing a name off your list.
Blythe – meaning: happy, carefree
Blue – meaning: color
Mae – meaning: bitter or pearl
Lane – meaning: path, roadway
Blaine – meaning: yellow
Lee – meaning: clearing, meadow
Fern – meaning: plant
Jo – meaning: God is gracious
James – meaning: supplanter
Rue – meaning: herb, regret
Wren – meaning: small bird
Snow – meaning: none that we found
Lux – meaning: light
Jane – meaning: God is gracious
Lou – meaning: renowned warrior
Rose – meaning: rose, flower
Blake – meaning: fair haired, dark
Quinn – meaning: descendent of Conn
Eve – meaning: life
Reese – meaning: ardor
Sloane – meaning: warrior, raider
Standout name: Isabella Eve
Names with 2 Syllables:
The names below all have 2 syllable sounds to them, which go beautifully with the name Isabella. Pro tip: before crossing off a name, remember to speak names out loud together so you can get the full effect of the name.
Elsie – meaning: pledged to God
Lumi – meaning: snow
Emmer – meaning: grain
Arden – meaning: great forest
Louise – meaning: renowned warrior
Goldwyn – meaning: golden friend
Nora – meaning: honor, shining light
Sophie – meaning: wisdom
Poppy – meaning: red flower
Mylene – meaning: drop of the sea, star of the sea
Ivy – meaning: vine
Maisie – meaning: pearl
Harper – meaning: harp player
Esme – meaning: beloved
Arley – meaning: hare meadow
Anya – meaning: grace
Orla – meaning: golden princess
Esti – meaning: star
Remi – meaning: oarsman
Goldie – meaning: made of gold
Navy – meaning: military at sea
Lennon – meaning: lover
Mae – meaning: goddess of spring
Standout name – Isabella Esti
Names with 3 Syllables:
The names below all have 3 syllables. Paired with Isabella make for a great option for a fuller or even more dramatic sounding name combo. They are so lovely together and would be great for any little girl. Like the other names, we recommend speaking them out loud together so you can get the full effect of the name.
Aurora – meaning: dawn
Violet – meaning: purple
Eleanor – meaning: light-hearted, shining light
Everly – meaning: wild boar in woodland clearing
Louisa – meaning: famous warrior
Madison – meaning: son of Matthew
Margaret – meaning: pearl
Elodie – meaning: foreign riches
Lenora – meaning: light
Khaleesi – meaning: queen
Evelyn – meaning: desired child
Adora – meaning: beloved one
Clementine – meaning: merciful
Everson – meaning: ever
Lucinda – meaning: light
Genevieve – meaning: of the race of women
Standout name: Isabella Elodie
Alliterative Names (names that start with the same sound):
If you want an extra fun touch, try an alliterative name. Using the same letter as the first name, it makes for a more sing songy name. Speaking the names together and out loud will help you decide if you like the names together and for your baby girl.
Iris – meaning: rainbow
Irie – meaning: peace, harmony
Ivy – meaning: climbing evergreen plant
Isadora – meaning: gift of Isis
Iona – meaning: dove
Ireland – meaning: land of abundance, fertile land
Irene – meaning: peace
Indigo – meaning: a deep blue dye
Ingrid – meaning: beautiful
Isla – meaning: island
Ida – meaning: industrious, prosperous
Standout name: Isabella Irene
Wrapping up: Choosing the best middle names for Isabella
We hope that the names provided in this article were exactly the ideas you needed in order to choose the best middle name for your baby girl.
Some ending tips when picking a middle name:
- Consider the flow and sound of the first, middle, and last names together. The middle name should complement the first and last names and create a pleasant sounding combination.
- Take into account personal significance or family heritage. You can choose a middle name that has a special meaning to you or your family, such as a family name or a name that honors a loved one.
- Think about the meaning and origin of the name. Some middle names have a special meaning, like a name that means “hope” or “bright”, it could be a perfect fit to your daughter’s name.
- Remember to speak the names together out loud, write them together, use them with the last name, and test them out with friends and family, if you need help deciding between a few.
Wishing you the best with choosing a name combo!
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