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17 Isabella

Isabella, as a name was one of the most popular names in the US in 2009. It’s not clear whether its popularity was due to a certain Isabelle Swan from the Twilight series or was a result of renewed interest in the Spanish queen Isabella of Castile - the patroness

of Christopher Columbus. Maybe this wasn’t the reason parents named their baby girl Isabelle, but the fact is it’s a very popular name.

It’s believed that Isabella originates from the Latin word “belle” which means, “beautiful.” The origin of the name is however not quite clear though with some etymologists claiming that Isabella is the Portuguese and Spanish form of Elizabeth (with a loss of first syllable, I instead of T), while there are others who think that the name came from the Phoenician name Izabal.

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