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What does Bel mean?

Bel Pronunciation of Bel as a girls' name is a Latin, Italian and Hebrew name, and the meaning of Bel is "prayerful; beautiful; God is my oath". Bel is an alternate spelling of Arabella (Latin): from "orabilis". Bel is also a derivative of Belinda (Italian). Bel is also used as a derivative of Bella (Italian, Latin), and a derivative of Isabel (Hebrew).


ASSOCIATED WITH beautiful, oath


VARIANTS Belle, Bell

RELATIONS VIA ARABELLA, BELINDA, BELLA, ISABEL Ara, Belia, Belita, Belva, Beyla, Ib, Isa, Isbel, Orbel



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How popular is Bel?

Bel is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a very prominent surname for all people (#52714 out of 150436, Top 35%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Bella (#78 FROM RECENT DATA), Isabel (#145), Arabella (#187), Belle (#933), Belinda (#1300), Ara, Belia, Bell, Belva and Isa are the prominent related forms of Bel (NOT IN TOP 2000). Other forms, like Orbel, are uncommon. These relations of Bel reached the height of their popularity a decade ago (USAGE OF 0.7%) and are almost as common today (USAGE 0.6%, 16.6%), but with versions like Bell falling out of fashion. Arabella is the most fashionable baby name here. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2016)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ara, Arabella, Belia, Belinda, Bell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bella, Belle, Belva, Isa, Isabel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Arabella, Bella, Isa, Isabel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Bea, Bee, Bep, Bet, Bev, Del, Mel and Nel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bel.

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