What does Isabel mean?
Isabel \i-sa-bel\ 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.
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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Franisbel.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Isabel for girls. Isabel reached its peak rank of #83 in the U.S. in the year 2003, and is currently at #144. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Prominent alternative forms of Isabel (#144 the previous year) are Bell, Bella (#70 the previous year), Belle, Elizabeth (#14), Isa, Isabela (#717), Isabell, Isabella (#4), Isabelle (#96), Isobel, Izabella (#200) and Izabelle. Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5079%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.4427%, down 12.8%), with the versions Bell, Belle, Isa and Isabell becoming less in vogue. The most trendy names for newborns in this list are Bella (#70), Isabel (#144), Isabella (#4), Isabelle (#96) and Izabella (#200), and there is also a rebound in birth name popularity for Bella, Isabel, Isabella and Isabelle. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Isabel and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Isabel is pronounced similarly to Ysabell. This name tends to be less frequently used than Isabel.