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Gender: F Meaning of Isabel: "pledged to God" Origin of Isabel: Spanish variation of Elizabeth Isabel's Popularity in 2014: #144

The charming Isabel is hugely fashionable again, a century after its first wave of success. And it's easy to see why: it's ladylike (a la Isabel Archer in Henry James's Portrait of a Lady) and melodic, traditional yet slightly offbeat. Isabel sounds smart as well as pretty.

Two noted cultural namesakes are Chilean author Isabel Allende and painter Isabel Bishop, as well as Cuban-American fashion designer Isabel Toledo.

The only downside: with Isabella ranking at Number 4, there are so many other little Isabels, Isabelles, Isabellas, Belles, and Bellas, yours would be far from unique.

The Office's Angela Kinsley named her baby girl Isabel, and Annette Bening and Warren Beatty have a teen-aged Isabel.

Isabel is in the Top 80 in several countries--Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Australia, Ireland, and England and Wales

.Isabelle is the French version, Isabella the Italian one, and Isobel the Scottish spelling, which has a definite character of her own, the 'o' giving her an extra infusion of strength.

Nifty nicknames include Izzy, Ibby, Isa and Belle.

Famous People Named Isabel

Isabel the Catholic, Queen of Castile, Leon, and Aragon, half of the Catholic Monarchs, mother of Catherine of Aragon and Joanna I of Castile, (reigned 1474-1504)
Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil
Maria Isabel Francisca of Portugal, Queen consort of Ferdinand VII of Spain
Isabel, Princess Royal of Portugal, Duchess of Braganza, wife of Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, pretender to the defunct Portuguese throne
Isabel Allende (Llona), Chilean-American novelist
Maria Estela "Isabel" Martinez Cartas de Peron, 41st President of Argentina.
Isabel Bayrakdarian, Armenian-American operatic soprano
Isabel Godin des Odonais, Peruvian Amazon explorer
Eloise Gwendolyn "Isabel" Sanford, American actress
Isabel Lucas, Australian actress
Isabel Toledo, Cuban-American designer
Isabel Bishop, American artist and painter
Isabel Bigley, American actress
Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence, daughter of Kingmaker Earl of Warwick
Isabel Luisa, Princess of Beira
Isabel Maria, Infante of Portugal
Rosario Isabel Dawson, American actress
(Maria) Isabel Pantoja (Martin), singer
Isabel Briggs Myers, American author and personality inventory creator

Pop Culture References for the name Isabel

Isabel O'Sullivan, one of the two protagonists in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton, the other being her twin sister, Patricia.
Isabel Archer, main character in Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady"
Isabel Cantelli, main character in 'Goddess of Legend' by PC Cast
Isabel Evans, character on TV's "Roswell"
Isabel Bradley, character in W. Somerset Maugham's "The Razor's Edge"
Isabel Gardner, main character "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson
Isabel "Belly" Conklin, main character in Jenny Han's "The Summer I Turned Pretty"
Isabel Gutierrez, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Isabel, character on TV's "Hannah Montana"
Isabel Culpeper, character in Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
"Isabel", song by Frank Turner
Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight, medieval ballad

Issy, Isabal, Isabell, Isabeli, Ibbie, Belita, Ib, Issie, Izzie, Issi, Ibby, Sabelle, Sabella, Izzy, Isabele, Belle, Bel, Bell

Isabel's International Variations

Iseabail, Iseabal, Ishbel (Scottish) Isobel, Isobella, Isobelle, Isa (German) Izabele, Bela, Izabela, Izbel, Bella (Russian) Isabelita, Ysabel, Ysabelle, Ysabella (Spanish) Iza, Izabel (Polish) Isabella (Italian) Zobel (Armenian) Isibeal (Hebrew) Isabeau, Isabelle (French) Isibéal (Irish Gaelic)