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Bella for a girl even though we're not italian?

(23 Posts)
MamiBabi Thu 26-Feb-09 15:57:29

What is the feeling about Bella as a first name and do you hav to be of talian descent to get away with it?

MamiBabi Thu 26-Feb-09 15:58:02

sorry - italian not talian!

lastboxoftampons Thu 26-Feb-09 16:03:23

I think it's common enough now that people don't expect you to be Italian. People might expect it to be short for Isabella though. Personally I don't like it (it was a friend's dog's name and will forever be associated with a bulldog to me - sorry!wink)

JamSandwichCream Thu 26-Feb-09 16:04:35

Not sure but will she be doomed to being stereotypically hysterical and running a cafe in Pontypandy? wink

BonsoirAnna Thu 26-Feb-09 16:06:04

I think that in English Bella is best as a shortened version of Arabella or Annabel(la) or Christabel IYSWIM.

MamiBabi Thu 26-Feb-09 16:09:33

See now I'm welsh and am very concerned about possibility of dd opening a cefe in tonypandy whilst being hysterical!

MamiBabi Thu 26-Feb-09 16:10:07

cafe not cefe!

RachieB Thu 26-Feb-09 16:16:07

not keen as a name on its own,but ok short for Isabella

choosyfloosy Thu 26-Feb-09 16:19:02

I quite like it - would assume it was a shortening but don't really have a problem with that in this case, as it is a real word. It's nice IMO.

bytheLiffey Thu 26-Feb-09 16:23:19

I wouldn't assume you were Italian. I don't expect Clara to be Spanish or an Isabella to be Italian for that matter.

MrsMattie Thu 26-Feb-09 20:52:05

Adore it grin. Much nicer than Isabella or Arabella. Wouldn't assume you were Italian. I think it's lovely, feminine, simple.l

viennesewhirl Thu 26-Feb-09 21:01:55

I love Bella, one of my choices if we'd had a girl!

MamiBabi Fri 27-Feb-09 08:32:45

It may be back on the list then!

CoteDAzur Fri 27-Feb-09 08:35:01

Bella is not a name, it's a nickname.

Name your child Isabella or Anabel etc and call her Bella.

FlyMeToDunoon Fri 27-Feb-09 08:51:01

Bella common among older scottish ladies as a short form of Isobel and names like that.
I like it.

WinkyWinkola Fri 27-Feb-09 09:05:39

Bella is a lovely name. You can call your child what you want - you don't have to be of any descent.

Except I did raise an eyebrow when an old friend declared her intention to call her son 'Lucifer'.

Kotek Fri 27-Feb-09 14:51:51

Bella is increasingly common as a girls name these days and not as a shortening.
Lots and lots of Bellas in Australia now I have noticed.

kidcreoleandthecoconuts Fri 27-Feb-09 15:00:50

Bella is a beautiful name.

I would have loved to have called my DD Bella but DP has slept with a Belle hmm

Bella73 Fri 27-Feb-09 15:09:37

I LOVE it grin grin

dinkymum Fri 27-Feb-09 19:13:52

I like it and personally wouldnt strictly associate it with being italian!

janeite Fri 27-Feb-09 19:14:39


littlerach Fri 27-Feb-09 19:15:00

Love it.

My friend has just called her dd Bella and it is lovely.

goingtohaveagoodnightssleep Fri 27-Feb-09 19:16:30

Bella is a lovely name. DD1 has a very Italian name and hasn't any Italian in her at all, has pale skin and freckles but it really suits her.

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