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Gender: F Meaning of Isabel: "pledged to God" Origin of Isabel: Spanish variation of Elizabeth Isabel's Popularity in 2013: #136

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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 90 in several countries--Spain, the Netherlands, 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.

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Famous People Named Isabel

Queen Isabel of Castilla, Spanish monarch under who sent Christopher Columbus to discover America.
Princess Isabel of Brazil, Signer of the "Golden Law" that Abolished Slavery in Brazil.
Isabel Sanford, American actress
Isabel Lucas, Australian actress
Isabel Toledo, Cuban-born American designer
Isabel Bishop, American artist and painter
Isabel Bigley, American actress
Isabel Martin, quiet person
Isabel, daughter of the king maker, Earl of Warwick. Duchess of Clarence.
Rosario Isabel Dawson, American actress
Isabel Allende, writer
Isabel Pantoja, singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Isabel

Queen Isabel of Castille, character in TV series by the same name "Isabel"

Isabel Evans, from the TV series Roswell
Isabel Bradley, in the 40s movie The Razor's Edge
Isabel Gardner, main character in the YA novel Chains
Isabel "Belly", main character in Jenny Han's "The Summer I Turned Pretty"
"Isabel", a song by Frank Turner.
Isabel Gutierrez, one-time Simpsons character
Isabel, character from TV show "Hannah Montana"
Isabel O'Sullivan, Main Character in Enid Blyton Series; St Clares
Isabel Culpeper, character in Wolves of Mercy Falls book series

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

Isabel's International Variations

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