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Gender: F Meaning of Belle: "beautiful" Origin of Belle: Short form of Isabelle or French

Belle has nothing but positive associations, from "belle of the ball" to "Southern belle" to the heroine of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Though it has been overshadowed by the Twilight-influenced Bella and longer forms like Isabella and Annabella, Belle has its own Southern charm and would make a pretty choice as a first or middle name.

Belle was a Top 100 name in the 1880s, but left the list in 1934. Its most famous bearer was the legendary Western outlaw, Belle Starr (born Myra); Belle Watling is a character in Gone With the Wind.

Famous People Named Belle

Belle Baker (born Bella Becker), American singer and actress
Belle Bennett, American actress
Camilla Belle (Routh), American actress
Belle Brezing, American madam; possible inspiration for Belle Watling in "Gone with the Wind"
Belle Chrystall, English actress
Belle Cole, American operatic contralto
Belle Kinney Scholz, American sculptor
Belle Mitchell, American actress
Belle Moskowitz, American political adviser
Belle Reynolds, American Civil War heroine
Belle Goldschlager Baranceanu, American painter
Belle Jennings Benchley, American zoologist
Belle Baldwin (b. 2011), daughter of TV presenter Holly Willoughby and Dan Baldwin
Belle Elizabeth Piper (b. 2014), daughter of model/philanthropist Katie Piper
Belle Scarlett Holtby (b. 2014), daughter of ice hockey player Braden Holtby
Tallulah Belle Willis (b. 1994), daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
Chelsea Belle O'Donnell (b. 1997), daughter of actress Rosie O'Donnell
Ridley Belle Baxter (b. 2007), daughter of actress Victoria Smurfit and Douglas Baxter
Matilda Belle Pegg (b. 2009), daughter of actor Simon Pegg
Amelie Belle Walsh (b. 2011), daughter of actor Dylan Walsh

Pop Culture References for the name Belle

Belle, main character in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"
Belle Watling, character in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"
Belle Moffat, character in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"
Belle, character in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
Belle Black, character in American soap opera "Days of our Lives"
Belle Dingle, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Belle Taylor, character on Australian soap opera "Home and Away"
Belle Fisher, character in "A woman called Fancy" by Frank Yerby
Belle the Sleeping Car, character in musical "Starlight Express"
Belle, character in "Belle et Sébastien," children's novel by Cécile Aubry
Belle, one of Snoopy's siblings from the comic strip Peanuts
Belle and Sebastian, Scottish indie pop band
Wild Belle, American indie pop band
Belle Rain Wter character in "My Heart is on the Ground" in the Dear America book series
Symbian Belle, mobile operating system
Belle French, a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time
Belle Donner, alias of Yolanda Yewbeam, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series

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