Any fans of the Twilight book series shouldn't be surprised to learn that Isabella was the most popular girl's name in 2011. The popular vampire trilogy from author Stephenie Meyer has certainly made quite an impact on the masses, especially considering that Jacob was the most popular boy's name right alongside Isabella. This is unfortunate news for Team Edward.
Despite its current pop-lit inspiration, the name is actually a very old Romance language moniker, meaning "consecrated to God" in both Hebrew and Spanish. Naming your daughter Isabella will also add a royal flair, as she'll share the name with more than a dozen Queens throughout history.
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