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What does Isobel mean?

Isobel Pronunciation of Isobel [iso-bel] as a girls' name is of Hebrew derivation, and the name Isobel means "God is my oath". Isobel is an alternate spelling of Elizabeth (Hebrew). Isobel is also a form of Isabel (Hebrew).

Associated with: oath.


Isobel has 12 variants: Isabele, Isabell, Isabelle, Isobell, Isobelle, Izabel, Izabelle, Ysabel, Ysobel, Yzabelle, Yzobel and Yzobelle.

7 more relations via Elizabeth, Isabel: Isabeau, Isabela, Isabella, Isbel, Ishbel, Isobella and Issie.

Creative forms:
(female) Ivybel, ..

(male) Isoder, Isore, ..

Middle name pairings:
Isobel Anabella (I.A.), ..

How popular is Isobel?

Isobel is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3324 out of 4276, Top 78%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Isobel was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #1006 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Isobel ranked in the Top 2000 are Elizabeth (#13 in 2015), Isabel (#149), Isabela (#769), Isabell (#1295), Isabella (#5), Isabelle (#94), Izabel (#1674), Izabelle (#1153) and Ysabel. Other variants, like Isobella, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Isobel was well-received among parents during 1880-1889 (adoption of 4.55%) and is now much less (adoption 1.94%, down 57%), with forms such as Isabell becoming less in vogue. Isabella and Isabelle are two of the more chic names for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Isobel, Elizabeth, Isabel, Isabela, Isabell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Isabella, Isabelle, Izabel, Izabelle, Ysabel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Isobel is alike in pronunciation to Ysabell. Other recommended names are Amabel, Anabel, Arabel, Asfodel (see Asphodel), Barbel, Coel, Cybel, Estel, Idone, Idonea (see Idona), Ilone, Imogen, Iole, Ione, Isleen, Isme, Isold (see Isolde), Isolda, Isolde, Isolt, Isolte, Isota, Isotta, Isotte (see Isolde), Itzel, Jonel, Lisabel, Lorel, Mabel, Maybel, Noel, Nowel, Orabel, Orbel, Rosabel, Sibel, Sonel, Sorel, Sybel and Ysbel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Isobel.

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