A Hebrew name that means “pledged to God,” Isabella has been a popular name of European queens for centuries.
Previous ranking: Making its place in the top three girls names for the past four years, Isabella reigned supreme in 2009 and 2010 and ranked second in 2011.
Our 2013 prediction: A popular name with literary buffs (William Shakespeare used the name well before Stephanie Meyer), movie stars Matt Damon and Tom Cruise also have daughters named Isabella. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it among the top three in 2013.
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