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 5, 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 100 in several countries--Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Australia, and Ireland.
.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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