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What does Bel mean?

Bel Pronunciation of Bel as a girls' name is a Latin, Italian and Hebrew name, and the meaning of Bel is "prayerful; beautiful; God is my oath". Bel is an alternate spelling of Arabella (Latin): from "orabilis". Bel is also a derivative of Belinda (Italian). Bel is also used as a derivative of Bella (Italian, Latin), and a derivative of Isabel (Hebrew).


ASSOCIATED WITH beautiful, oath


VARIANTS Belle, Bell

RELATIONS VIA ARABELLA, BELINDA, BELLA, ISABEL Ara, Belia, Belita, Belva, Beyla, Ib, Isa, Isbel, Orbel



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How popular is Bel?

Bel is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a very prominent surname for all people (#52714 out of 150436, Top 35%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Bella (#48 FROM RECENT DATA), Isabel (#139), Arabella (#174), Belle (#859), Belinda (#1390), Isa (#1963), Ara, Belia, Bell and Belva are the prominent related forms of Bel (NOT IN TOP 2000). Other forms, like Orbel, are uncommon. These relations of Bel reached the height of their popularity less than a decade ago (USAGE OF 0.5%) and have remained as common to this day (USAGE 0.5%, 0.6%), but with versions like Bell falling out of fashion. Bella and Arabella are two of the more fashionable baby names here. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ara, Arabella, Belia, Belinda, Bell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bella, Belle, Belva, Isa, Isabel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Arabella, Bella, Belle, Isa, Isabel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Bea, Bee, Bep, Bet, Bev, Del, Mel and Nel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bel.

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