Hubs just said he likes Maribella better than Mariella?

 Hey guys I thought due to the last forum I was going with Mariella but my hubs is pushing Maribella because he prefers the nn bella over ella. I still like Mariella and think it goes better with Rosalie. Thoughts?


Mariella is inn the 1200s of populist names

Maribella is in the 5,000s


March 16, 2018 7:13 AM

I don't think you can go wrong with either one.  They are both lovely, on-trend without being too trendy.

March 16, 2018 9:48 AM

I agree with the previous poster- both seem like a solid choice and both go well with Rosalie in my opinion.

By EVie
March 16, 2018 9:50 AM

They're both lovely and go fine with Rosalie. Don't overthink the matching here -- it's like asking, what goes better with chocolate, strawberries or raspberries? You can have a preference, but at the end of the day they're very similar and both fine. 

March 16, 2018 3:21 PM

I like the way Mariella sounds as a full name more, but I like the NN Bella more than Ella, so if it were me I would consider the name I was planning on calling her more. 

March 16, 2018 4:28 PM

You might consider naming her Mariella, and using the nickname Bella anyway. If it were me, I'd probably call her Bella Mariella, as in "beautiful Mariella", or "Mariella mia bella" (Mariella my beautiful) and make up songs and such to take advantage of the lovely rhyme.

March 17, 2018 2:37 PM

I also see no reason why you can't use the nickname Bella for Mariella. I used to look after a little girl named Ellie and her nickname was Bella (Ellie-->Eliie-Bellie-->Bellie-->Bella) so it seems perfectly reasonable to me that you might go Mariella to Ella to Bella. I'm not really sure when or why the feeling that a nickname has to be contained within the full name took hold but I don't understand it.

If you like both names equally then sure, go with Maribella but it seems silly to me to go with a name you don't like as much for the sake of a nickname that your daughter may one day decide she doesn't want to use or that may end up not sticking once she's born anyway. And doubly so when you could get that same nickname from the name you prefer with barely any stretching. For the record I think they both sound fine with Rosalie although I do prefer Mariella.

March 20, 2018 12:49 AM

What she said!

The regulars on this forum have probably heard this story before, but we have friends who named their son a, let's just call it nonstandard spelling of a classic name, so that the name would "contain" the nickname they wanted, despite the fact that (1) said nickname arose from the classic name without anyone being bothered by the spelling mismatch, and (2) said nickname has an alternate spelling which *is* contained in the classic spelling of the full name. The kicker? Once their son was born, they realized they didn't like that nickname all that much and/or it didn't suit their son, so they use a different nickname... which, courtesy of the misspel[ahem, sorry] nonstandard spelling of his full name, is not "contained" in it.

Nicknames are a LOT more flexible than modern parents give them credit for. Just look at all the traditional nicknames out there: Bob for Robert, Harry for Henry, Nancy for Ann or Agnes, Polly for Mary, Buffy for Elizabeth, Peggy for Margaret, Patsy for Martha... the list goes on.

March 20, 2018 6:02 PM

Yes! I totally agree with what Natasha-Rhiannon and the Hungarians are saying here. Case in point - my middle daughter uses a nn that is contained in her full name but neither of my other children do. I have E1ena nn Lulu and Ju1ian nn Jude. 

March 20, 2018 4:55 PM

Another "what she said!" here.

There is a long history of rhyming nicknames in English; it's how we get the old traditional diminutives like Bob, Billy, Peggy, Polly, and Nancy. Mariella to Bella fits right in, and it's a lovely classic that suits current tastes but is fairly rare. That's Holy Grail of Baby Naming territory.

March 16, 2018 5:56 PM

I think both are nice,  I think Mariella goes better with Rosalie too,  but Maribella goes well too

March 17, 2018 10:35 AM

I definitely think you could use Bella as a nickname for Mariella (my daughter uses a nickname that contains NONE of the letters of her full name).

I have to say that I prefer Mariella as a name. It sounds like its own, complete name more, whereas Maribella to me sounds like a mashup of Mary and Bella...if I heard it, I would likely write it down as Mary-Bella.

Also, Rosalie + Mariella as a sister set = heart eyes.

By mk
March 21, 2018 1:15 PM

Agree with the others: Mariella called Bella would work just fine. To me, Bella is a nickname/pet name that can be used on anyone regardless of the full name, so there is no need to stick a b in there if you don't really want to.