Beautiful; short for Isabella.






Emily P. Contributor

So, you're thinking of naming your dog Bella -- but worried it's a bit too "been there, barked that"?

Let's set the record straight here. Bella, meaning 'beautiful' in Italian, is a classic for a reason. Think of Bella Swan from Twilight. Sure, she was surrounded by vampires and werewolves, but Bella was the real star, just like your pup at the dog park.

And let's be honest, every time you call "Bella!" it'll feel a bit like you're in an Italian romance movie, dramatically calling out to your lost love. Except it's your dog chasing a squirrel.

Bella is timeless, not old school. It's the Audrey Hepburn of dog names – elegant, charming, and never goes out of style. πŸΎπŸ’•

Traits associated with the name Bella:

Dogs named Bella tend to be loving, affectionate, good-natured, and brave. This feminine name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Bella?

It suggests that you are a fan of classic, timeless names and that you have a fondness for your pet.

Is Bella a good dog name?

Bella has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Bella is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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As you can see, Bella is one of the world's most popular dog names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Bella was, in the past month, the 5th most viewed dog name on

As of July 2024, Bella is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Bella was viewed 0 times, and liked 6 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Bella's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Bella is most adored in Maryland, Ohio and Missouri.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Arkansas, Utah and Oregon.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Bella.

Most popular breeds named Bella:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Chihuahua
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Poodle

Bella is found in these categories:

beautiful dog names

In Italian, this moniker translates to "lovely", perfect for a pretty pooch.

hunting dog names

Popular among hunters, the name signifies beauty and strength, traits often associated with hunting dogs.

traditional dog names

Popularized by classics like "Twilight", it's Latin for "beautiful".

cute dog names

Italian origin, meaning beautiful, popularized by Twilight's Isabella Swan.

british dog names

Popular in UK, derived from Italian meaning beautiful, used in literature.

old fashioned dog names

Twilight's vampire romance made this classic canine moniker popular again.

gothic dog names

Derived from "beautiful", it's often associated with dark, mysterious, and romantic themes found in gothic literature.

spanish dog names

Means "beautiful" in Spanish, often used as a female given name.

independent dog names

Popularized by the Twilight series, the name signifies beauty and strength, often associated with independent female characters.

posh dog names

Derived from Italian, signifying beauty, often chosen by high society.

Dog names like Bella:

Day's eye. The petals of a daisy open during the day, revealing its yellow centers, and then close at night.
a woman of refinement
Bringer Of Joy
God Is My Oath
Bella dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (6)

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Adrianna (Florida, United States)
But one more thing, to me I think it’s more of a cat name, because I am more of a cat lover than a dog lover.
May 31, 2024

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Adrianna (Pennsylvania, United States)
I think of Bella is a good name for a dog who is cute and pretty and I also think of it as my favorite name.
January 24, 2024

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Elizabeth (Canelones, Uruguay)
My next dog daughter will be called Bella, no doubt.
September 07, 2023 β—† Translated

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Esther (Ontario, Canada)
This will be my second dog. we are thinking about naming her Bella. I think it will be Beautiful for her.
May 01, 2023

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Mariana (Texas, United States)
Little girl
August 02, 2022 β—† Translated

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Karla (Lima, Peru)
May 13, 2022

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