Gender: Female Meaning of Isabel: "pledged to God" Origin of Isabel: Spanish variation of Elizabeth Isabel's Popularity in 2019: #135

Isabel Origin and Meaning

The name Isabel is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "pledged to God".

Isabel derived from Elizabeth in southwest Europe during the Middle Ages. It was originally written as Elisabel, but the first syllable was dropped as it spread across the continent. In Spain and Portugal, Isabel and Elizabeth are considered to be variations of the same name, but they are treated as separate names in other European countries and the US.

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's recent popularity, 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.

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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Rank in US: #135

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Pop Culture References for the name Isabel

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

Isabel's International Variations

Iseabail, Iseabal, Ishbel (Scottish) Isobel, Isobella, Isobelle, Isa (German) Izabele, Bela, Izabela, Izbel, Bella (Russian) Isabelita, Ysabel, Ysabelle, Ysabella (Spanish)


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I don't like this spelling. I prefer Isabelle.

SouthernPeach Says:


My best friend is Isabel and since her mom grew up in a missionary family in Honduras, she goes by the Spanish nickname Isa (Ee-suh). I love it!

podsolnechnik13 Says:


This was my deadname and I hated it all my life. I really don't like names starting with I, and I really hate the b sound. So yeah. I don't like it.

Megan_Janaya Says:


Absolutely beautiful. This is my favourite spelling of the name as well. I'm also fond of Isobel.

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Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I knew a really sweet girl called Isabel properly why I like it so much and think it is super sweet sounding and cute!

shelbynh Says:


I like the nn Izzie

caetano Says:


I love Isabel spelling, but not Isabelle. That one looks too frilly

scblovesnames Says:


My name in a Spanish course I had taken during high school. I love this version but I also have Spanish heritage and so to me this is the one I prefer. Though Isabelle is beautiful and I love French endings, this is my preference even over the Scottish Isobel.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


This is not my favorite spelling, though it is a lovely name. I prefer Isabelle, it looks more complete. And delicate. And I also prefer Isobel over this, it looks more proper. I am just picky around here ;)

scblovesnames Says:


Isabel, this name feels overused but i think it's timeless and classic.

PoppyOrangey Says:


Isabel was my great grandmothers name, my grandmothers middle name, and my mothers middle name. It has significance to me and I wish I my mother would have passed it along to me. Maybe one day I'll continue the tradition with my daughters first or middle name. I prefer Isabel to Isabelle and Isabella, which is far too common right now. I think Isabel is beautiful, classic, and still very usable.

headintheclouds Says:


My favorite spelling of this name variant. Isabelle is nice too, but Isabel looks simpler and more elegant to me. Isabella- pretty, but too frilly for my tastes.

bootsie Says:


I prefer this streamlined version over Isabelle.

tori101 Says:


This name has grown on me so much it's gorgeous, light and delicate. Isabel is a great name and has grown on me so much it's slowly becoming a favourite.