Isabel Name Meaning

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What Does Isabel Mean?

The name Isabel has a long list of variations and meanings including “pledged to God,” "God is perfection," and "God is my oath." Shortened to Belle, it also means "beautiful" in several different languages. It's thought to be derived from the name Elizabeth, which was originally written as Elisabel in Europe in the middle ages.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Gender: Isabel is typically seen as a girl's name.
  • Pronunciation: ee-sa-BEHL (Spanish), IZ-a-behl (English), EE-ZA-BEHL (French)

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Isabel?

Isabel is a beautiful name that is common enough to be easily recognized, but without being so popular that your child will have a lot of friends with the same name.

It saw its most popular streak in the United States in the 2000s, when the name broke the top 100 most popular name list for the first time since at least 1900, reaching as high as No, 83 in 2003. In 2020, the name Isabel came was No. 157 in popularity, being given to 1,756 babies that year.

Name Variations

Variations of the name Isabel are:

  • Isabel
  • Isabela
  • Isabella
  • Isabelle
  • Izabella

Similar Names

Other girl names with Spanish origins:

  • Catalina
  • Emilia
  • Elena
  • Julieta
  • Lucia
  • Luciana
  • Martina
  • Sofia

Other girl names that start with ‘I’:

  • Imani
  • Imogen
  • Iris
  • Isla
  • Ivy

Common Nicknames

Some great nickname options for Isabel include:

  • Belle: For your Disney princess-loving kiddo, Belle is a great nickname for Isabel that communicates femininity and grace.
  • Bella: In French, Bella means beautiful, making this a nickname that communicates beauty and sweetness.
  • Izzy: For a nickname with a little more fun and spunk, Izzy can be a great choice.

Suggested Sibling Names

Looking for a name to pair with Isabel? Check out some options:

  • Antonia
  • Benjamin
  • Catalina
  • Elena
  • Emilia
  • Julieta
  • Liam
  • Lucas
  • Mateo
  • Santiago

More Baby Names

Still searching for the perfect baby name? Check out these related baby name lists for even more options: 

·      Top 1,000 Baby Girl Names in the U.S.

·      100 Russian Baby Names

·      50 Dutch Baby Names

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  1. Social Security Administration. Popularity of the Name Isabel.

By Leah Campbell
Leah Campbell is a full-time parenting and health writer and has written extensively on the topics of infertility, adoption, and parenting. She is a single mom by choice and author of the book "Single Infertile Female."