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Bella? Are Isabella / Isobel the only long versions of this?

(69 Posts)
DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 11:47:05

Really like the shortening 'Bella' but dislike above names!

Can any thing else be shortened to Bella?

crumpet Fri 15-Aug-08 11:51:22

Arabella, Annabel/la, Amabel, Belinda?

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 11:52:35

Oh Arabella is lovely. (Is it a bit poncey though?)

Ive got pregnancy brain and isobella just keep going round in my head!

gonaenodaethat Fri 15-Aug-08 11:53:23


bigmouthstrikesagain Fri 15-Aug-08 11:53:43

Mirabelle (as in Mama) - depends wether you mind your dd being assoc with a cartoon elephant of coursegrin

elkiedee Fri 15-Aug-08 11:54:58

No reason why you couldn't just use Bella, is there?

I do tend to think of Arabella as posh, but still no reason why you can't use it if you like the name.

crumpet Fri 15-Aug-08 11:55:45

Arabella is pretty, but definitely heading towards poncey territory - but then so was Isabella I would have said and it has suddenly exploded in popularity

LazyLinePainterJane Fri 15-Aug-08 12:00:10

You could go all Harry Potter crayzee laydee and have a Bellatrix grin

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 12:00:32

She would probably be known as Bella most of the time. Just don't want to overstep our council house boundaries! PMSL grin

VictorianSqualor Fri 15-Aug-08 12:00:44

I love Arabella, it's my friends name and we call her Bella.

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 12:02:00

Just asked DH...



VictorianSqualor Fri 15-Aug-08 12:16:29

Arabelle, Anabelle, Belinda, Elizabeth, Isabel, Isabella, Mirabel, Rosabel

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 12:18:55

Anabelle reminds me of that doll,

Belinda sounds 'old'

Elizabeth, as above.

Isabella just don't like.

Mirabel is an elephant

and Rosabel is nice, but can't use anything 'rose' related.

Im not awkward am i?? grin

(thanks btw1!)

ja9 Fri 15-Aug-08 12:21:09

just go for bella on it's onw - i think it's lovely!

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 12:22:23

Bella alone? Hmmm maybe, DH likes it,

now middle names!

tiredemma Fri 15-Aug-08 12:25:47

I prefer Belle to Bella.

My all time fave is Amelia. Or Matilda.

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 12:33:53

Amelia is my fave name too, I just refuse to use it.

MrsJohnCusack Fri 15-Aug-08 12:35:51

Dorabella and all of the above

think Bella on its own nice though

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 12:38:13

Oh shit

Just remembered... SIL (whose name is nothing to do with bella, had a nickname which then got shortened to Bella by her ex husband)

Obviously being her ex husband they have split, is it a no-no to call the baby a nickname that was used for SIL only by him??


tiredemma Fri 15-Aug-08 12:42:15

why do you refuse to use amelia?

CuckooChocolateOrange Fri 15-Aug-08 12:43:17

I love Belinda. It's middle-aged chic.

Annabel is beautiful imo, and you could use Bella as a nn, I like Annabella too but it's a little too "nelly olsen" if you know what I mean.... Arabella I don't like much. Way too deliberately poncey! And Isabella is v.pop.

Belinda, Christabel, Mabel, Annabel. They are all lovely imo. Belinda with Bella for short would be gorgeous. Please choose that! Belinda is just a bit ahead of the cyclical fashion curve, that's all. It's not 'old'. It's ahead

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 12:44:50

Its too popular, I know a good few of them, I have loved it for years but back then it wasn't as popular,

I'm really looking for something thats pretty, different but not 'odd'

CuckooChocolateOrange Fri 15-Aug-08 12:45:47

Why do you refuse to use Amelia??

Mirabelle is an elephant,but Maribel is a good Spanish name.

VictorianSqualor Fri 15-Aug-08 12:47:44

I love Annabel too, if our last <sob> child is a girl we will use Annabel as the middle name.

EffiePerine Fri 15-Aug-08 12:48:02

I like Belinda.

Another variant on Isobel is Ishbel (Scots) which is rather pretty

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