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What does Isabel mean?

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.

Isabel has 1 more alternative form via Chavela, Elizabeth: Esabeau.

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

(male) Isabeliah, Isabello, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent alternative forms of Isabel (#144 the previous year) are Belia, Bell, Bella (#70 the previous year), Belle (#1030), Elizabeth (#14), Ibbie, Isa, Isabela (#717), Isabell (#1235), Isabella (#4), Isabelle (#96), Isobel, Izabel (#1484), Izabella (#200), Izabelle (#1128), Ysabel and Ysabella. Adoption of these relations of Isabel was well-received 134 years ago (average #1127) and is somewhat lower today (#1117, down 49.3%), with versions like Elizabeth becoming less in vogue. Bella, Isabella, Isabelle and Izabella are four 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.