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Gender: Female Meaning of Isabeau: "pledged to God" Origin of Isabeau: French variation of Isabel

The name Isabeau is a girl's name of French origin meaning "pledged to God". Isabeau and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

With Isabel getting so popular, parents are searching for new varieties of the name, and Isabeau is one that makes a lovely French twist.

Isabeau of Bavaria was the wife of King Charles VI of France--and it was possibly a nickname for Elisabeth. It is also the name of an opera by Pietro Mascagni, a retelling of the medieval English legend of Lady Godiva, and in the 1985 film Ladyhawke, Michelle Pfeiffer plays the heroine, Lady Isabeau d'Arjou, who assumes the form of a hawk during the day.

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Famous People Named Isabeau

Isabeau of Bavaria, Queen consort of Charles VI of France
Isabeau of Brittany, daughter of Francis II, Duke of Brittany
Sunny Isabou (b. 2017), daughter of actress Summer Glau (sister to Milena Jo)

Pop Culture References for the name Isabeau

"Isabeau," opera by Pietro Mascagni and its main character
Isabeau d'Anjou, character in movie "Ladyhawke"
Isabeau "Bo" Dennis, main character on TV's "Lost Girl"
Isabeau, character in Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie's Wicked series
Isaboe, character in Melina Marchetta's Lumatere Chronicles
Isabeau St. Croix, vampire in The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey
Dove Isabeau, title character of a book by Jane Yolen

Comments

josephinedagnall Says:

2018-04-26T18:14:32

I actually like the sound of this name! However, as a French speaker, I think the -beau ending for a girl would annoy me.

Mhill46 Says:

2017-10-07T18:52:06

There is something really really cringey about this name to me. It just sounds awkward to my ears

Susette Says:

2017-09-15T00:22:19

Isabeau...say it ain't so...that is awful. And I predict in the near future as its undeserving popularity rises we'll see Isabo and Isabow, and Izabeau...the list goes on...

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:

2017-06-17T12:55:36

Disclaimer: If you love this name and hearing people insult it offends you, read no further in this comment:

In my opinion this name is truly, truly awful. I hate the name Beau in the first place, and I detest this even more. I read a book with a main character named Isabeau and I pretty much cringed every time I read it.

Beau Jean Says:

2017-01-15T00:53:15

Nameberry is written in English, not French. I am not talking about an adjective, but a name to give to a girl. ALL English words that begin with b-e-a-u have to do with beauty. When a person who speaks English as their first language ( and hasn't studied French in school or otherwise) sees the name Isabeau it looks beautiful.

LeiAriel Says:

2016-10-08T06:54:39

I connect the name to the movie Ladyhawke too. I loved that movie! I think Isabeau is a beautiful medieval name and a great choice for anyone looking for an alternative to Isabel.

Marcardk Says:

2016-02-26T12:44:51

that's what i thought!!

katinka Says:

2016-02-26T12:17:02

Quirky and lovely, but I think it's a bit too close to Isabel and its spelling variants. It feels a little like picking an unusual name just for the sake of being unusual, rather than because its sound, meaning or history particularly appeals.

Beth Says:

2015-12-17T11:13:28

I actually knew a girl with this name in high school. I had never heard of it before I met her, but it suited her really well. It's super uncommon, but most people can pronounce it just by looking at it. And most people love it.

Catastroffy Says:

2015-10-08T12:11:38

The ordinary French version of Isabel is Isabelle, a common name in France. Isabeau on the other hand, is a Mediaeval name, extremely uncommon in France today - it is along the lines of Melisende or Ismerie. Also, it is correctly pronounced "EEZ-ah-boh", the first syllable said as in that of the English word "easy", the second the sound of the lowercase a, and the last pronounced as in "bonny", rather than "izz-uh-BOE".

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-09-15T16:35:05

Am I the only one who automatically connects this to Ladyhawke? IIISSSAABEAUU, IIIIIISSSAAAABBEEEEAAAAUUU.

Catastroffy Says:

2015-09-11T14:06:20

Yes, handsome is certainly an adjective that can be used for a woman, but "beau" actually isn't. It is the masculine version of "belle" as Theodora_Phoenix said, and in French it's just bad grammar to use it for anything female.

lesliemarion Says:

2015-06-10T02:57:24

This name is like nails on the chalkboard for me.

amybaldwin Says:

2015-05-25T14:59:50

I have always loved this name

BrittynRose Says:

2015-05-17T03:05:54

I have a sweet little girl named Isabeau in my first grade class. She's fiercely independent and fits her name to the T. It's nice to have a name a little different from all the Isabella's and Isabelle's in her grade. It's a beautiful name to say aloud and I have fallen in love with it!

ClementineRoseStyles Says:

2015-02-05T07:01:40

Oh my goodness, that's were I fell in love with the name to! I love it so much I can't wait to use it.

SimoneKadele Says:

2015-02-05T05:29:54

*too

SimoneKadele Says:

2015-02-05T05:29:23

I am starting to really love this, and I hope it doesn't get to popular.

alexandramae Says:

2014-09-06T16:18:16

Women were often called handsome but it's rarely used for women these days. Probably because men don't like being called the same things as women and needed to bring them down a peg by just calling them "pretty." Handsome is now reserved for men, and strong ones at that. God forbid a woman be that.

alexandramae Says:

2014-09-06T16:15:51

I love this name SO MUCH. I recently decided to name my puppy Isaboe (introduced to me by the Melina Marchetta novel Finnikin of the Rock with this spelling) because I didn't think it'd be usable on a child with Isabel so popular that everyone would think their name that instead. Still disappointed but at least I get to use the name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-05-16T15:10:03

I think Isabeau is more of a boy name. Beau is the male equivalent of Belle, so why use it on a girl? Not trying to be rude, just thinking, doesn't beau mean handsome and Belle mean Beautiful? Probably best to just use Isabel(le). or Isadora if you really want something different.