The Twilight Saga: Alternatives to Bella and Edward

Since Twilight was released 2 years ago, Bella has shot up in popularity, as have various other names that appear in the books. It’s a nuisance for those who’ve always wanted their children to be named Bella and/or Edward, so the question now is, what names can you use instead?

Bella. This is a cutesy name, that originally is a nickname.

 – Brielle. Originally a nickname of Gabriella, this name had a similar conception to Bella.

 – Brooke. Considered sometimes to be a nickname of Brooklyn, it’s also the name of a body of water, whic suits the current trend in nature names.

 – Bridie. Uncommon Irish name, that holds the ‘cutesy’ factor, without going overboard.

 – Bronte. BRON-tay. Surname of three well known English authors – Charlotte, Anne and Emily Bronte. Not as cutesy as the previous names, but it’s short and sweet like Bella.

 – Beth. Sometimes used as a nickname (like Bella) for Bethan or Bethany, but also a name in its own right, like Bella.

 – Briony. Common in fantasy novels, not so much in real life.

 – Beryl. From the word for a clear or pale green precious stone, this name oozes the potential for a comeback.

 – Beulah. Even though it’s still associated with old ladies, this name is likely to bounce back in popularity in a few years.

 – Bianca. An Italian name meaning white; Bianca will age well.

 – Billie. This name is full of the cutesy factor, which is balanced out somewhat by the fact that it is traditionally a male name. Billie seems to becoming the female spelling, Billy the male.

 – Blair. An up and coming name in popularity. It is a common scottish surname.

Edward. Strong name that heralds from Old English.

 – Edmund. Not just an alternative spelling of Edward, this name is a name in its own right, with a rich history. It comes from Old English and means ‘rich protector’. It is borne by two saints.

 – George. A name connected with legend. St. George is the patron saint of England, and is a popular first name there. It’s orgins are actually Greek though, and St. George was from Palestine.

 – William. A name popular in England since 1066.

 – Henry. 8 Kings of England have been named Henry. It has ye olde England charm, without seeming overally pretentious.

 – Frederick. Once a popular name, it’s still a strong classic. The nickname Fred is popular, but you can also get Ed/Eddie from this name, if it’s the nickname of Edward that you like.

 – Ernest/ Earnest. A bold choice nowadays.

 – Edgar. Name of poet Edgar Allen Poe, it’s popular amongst Latino families. It’s lack of popularity is mostly due to people preferring to use either Edward or Edmund.

 – Ebrahim. This spelling is a variant of Ibrahim, the Arabic version of Abraham.

 – Eric. This name peaked in the US several years ago, and has been falling ever since. Very popular in Scandinavia.

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