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What does Belle mean?

Belle Pronunciation of Belle [belle] as a girls' name is pronounced bell. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Belle is "beautiful". Variant of Bella. Name of one of Disney's most popular heroines. Author Belva Plain.

Associated with: beautiful, heroines.


Belle has 8 variants: Belinda, Belisse, Bell, Bella, Bellette, Bellina, Belva and Belvia.

Affiliated girl names: Anabel, Annabel, Carabelle, Christabel, Maribel, Rosabel, Amabel, Arabella, Elizabeth and Isabel.

3 more different relations via Bella, Belva: Bel, Bellva and Beyla.

Creative forms:
(female) Bellei, Bole, ..

(male) Belke, Belly, ..

Middle name pairings:
Belle Melinda (B.M.), ..

How popular is Belle?

Belle is a very prominent first name for females (#1064 out of 4276, Top 25%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#8155 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Belle was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #107 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1053. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Belle name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Belle outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Anabel (#1408 from recent data), Annabel (#621), Arabella (#194), Belinda (#1263), Bell, Bella (#74), Belva, Belvia, Elizabeth (#13), Isabel (#149), Maribel (#1423) and Rosabel are the popular related forms of Belle (#1053 from recent data). Adoption of these forms of Belle was more pronounced 135 years ago (average #862) and has become much lower since (#1092, 72%), with forms like Belinda becoming less fashionable. Arabella is the most fashionable name for newborns in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Belle, Anabel, Annabel, Arabella, Belinda in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bell, Bella, Belva, Belvia, Elizabeth in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Isabel, Maribel, Rosabel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Abelle, Adelle, Alle, Arelle, Axelle, Beate, Bebe, Becke, Bee, Beige, Belen, Belia, Bente, Berte, Beryle, Bette, Beula, Bevie, Bilee, Billa, Billee, Billey, Billi, Billie, Billy, Billye, Brielle, Cele, Chelle, Delle, Dielle, Edelle, Elle, Gaelle, Halle, Helle, Hille, Holle, Idelle, Jaelle, Jerle, Joelle, Kalle, Luelle, Maelle, Merle, Mille, Neale, Neelle (see Neilina), Neile, Neille, Nelle, Noelle, Odelle, Peale, Pealle, Peele, Perle, Shelle, Stelle, Tealle, Teille, Udelle, Zele and Zoelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Belle.

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