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What does Isabel mean?

Isabel Pronunciation of Isabel [is-abel] as a girls' name is pronounced iz-a-bel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Isabel is "God is my oath". Spanish variant of Elizabeth. Literary: Henry James named the heroine of his "Portrait of a Lady" Isabel Archer. Isabella is the name of several Spanish queens. See also Chavela. Actresses Isabella Rosellini, Isabelle Adjani; fashion designer Isabel Toledo.

Associated with: oath, heroine, lady (noble), queens.


Isabel has 43 variants: Bel, Belia, Belicia, Belita, Bell, Bella, Belle, Bellita, Chabeli, Chabelita, Ib, Ibbie, Isa, Isabeau, Isabela, Isabele, Isabelita, Isabell, Isabella, Isabelle, Isbel, Ishbel, Isobel, Isobell, Isobella, Isobelle, Issie, Issy, Izabel, Izabella, Izabelle, Izzie, Izzy, Marisabel, Sabella, Sabelle, Ysabeau, Ysabel, Ysabella, Ysobel, Yzabelle, Yzobel and Yzobelle.

Related girl name: Franisbel.

1 more alternative form via Chavela, Elizabeth: Esabeau.

Creative forms:
(female) Inabel, Ioabel, ..


Middle name pairings:
Isabel Persephone (I.P.), ..

How popular is Isabel?

Isabel is a very prominent first name for females (#313 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#23454 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Isabel reached its peak rank of #83 in the U.S. in the year 2003, and is currently at #149. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Isabel (#149 the previous year) are Belia, Bell, Bella (#74 the previous year), Belle (#1053), Elizabeth (#13), Ibbie, Isa, Isabela (#769), Isabell (#1295), Isabella (#5), Isabelle (#94), Isobel, Izabel (#1674), Izabella (#234), Izabelle (#1153), Ysabel and Ysabella. Adoption of these relations of Isabel was well-received 135 years ago (average #1127) and has become significantly lower since (#1139, down 50.9%), with versions like Elizabeth becoming less in vogue. Isabella and Isabelle are two of the more fashionable birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Isabel, Belia, Bell, Bella, Belle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elizabeth, Ibbie, Isa, Isabela, Isabell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Isabella, Isabelle, Isobel, Izabel, Izabella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Izabelle, Ysabel, Ysabella in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Isabelle, Isobel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Isabel is pronounced similarly to Ysabell and Ysabelle. Other suggested similar names are Amabel, Amaybel, Anabel, Annabel, Arabel, Barbel, Batel, Carabel, Carel, Chanel, Corabel, Cybel, Dael, Darel, Estel, Gael, Gayel, Hazel, Ilane, Ilsae, Ilsaie, Isaura, Isaure, Isleen, Isme, Itzel, Jael, Janel, Jayel, Jezabel, Karel, Lael, Lisabel, Mabel, Madel, Marabel, Maybel, Mirabel, Orabel, Orbel, Rahel, Raisabel, Rakel, Rosabel, Shanel, Sharel, Sibel, Sybel and Ysbel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Isabel.

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