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Gender: Female Meaning of Isabel: "pledged to God" Origin of Isabel: Spanish variation of Elizabeth Isabel's Popularity in 2017: #145

The name Isabel is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "pledged to God". Isabel is ranked #145 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Girls".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Isabel

Isabel the Catholic, Queen of Castile, Leon, and Aragon, mother of Catherine of Aragon and Joanna I of Castile
Maria Isabel Francisca of Portugal, Queen consort of Ferdinand VII of Spain
Isabel of Coimbra, Queen consort of Afonso V of Portugal
Isabel Inês, Princess Royal of Portugal, Duchess of Braganza, wife of Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, pretender to the defunct Portuguese throne
Isabel Cristina Leopoldina Augusta Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga, Princess Imperial of Brazil
Isabel Allende (Llona), Chilean-American novelist
Maria Estela "Isabel" Martinez Cartas de Peron, 41st President of Argentina
Isabel Bayrakdarian, Armenian-American operatic soprano
Isabel Godin des Odonais, Peruvian Amazon explorer
Eloise Gwendolyn "Isabel" Sanford, American actress
Isabel Lucas, Australian actress
Isabel Toledo, Cuban-American designer
Isabel Bishop, American artist and painter
Isabel Bigley, American actress
Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence, daughter of Kingmaker Earl of Warwick
Isabel Luisa Josefa, Princess of Beira; daughter of Peter II of Portugal
Isabel Maria Alberta Josefa Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Francisca de Paula e de Assis Teresa Adelaide Eulália Sofia Carolina of Braganza, Infante of Portugal; daughter of Duke Miguel
Isabel Alfonsa María Teresa Antonia Cristina Mercedes Carolina Adelaida Rafaela of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Infanta of Spain; daughter of Prince Carlos
Isabel Maria da Conceição Joana Gualberta Ana Francisca de Assis Xavier de Paula de Alcântara Antónia Rafaela Micaela Gabriela Joaquina Gonzaga, Infanta and Regent of Portugal
Maria Isabel "Chabeli" Iglesias, Spanish socialite; daughter of singer Julio Iglesias and (Maria) Isabel Preysler
Rosario Isabel Dawson, American actress
(Maria) Isabel Pantoja (Martin), singer
Isabel Briggs Myers, American author and personality inventory creator
Isabel Gomez (b. 2000), daughter of actress Natasha Klauss and Victor Gomez
Isabel Crick (b. 2006), daughter of TV journalist Michael Crick
Isabel Ruby Lieberstein (b. 2008), daughter of actress Angela Kinsey and Warren Lieberstein
Isabel Veronica Mulroney (b. 2013), daughter of TV presenter Ben Mulroney and designer Jessica Brownstein
Isabel Totti (b. 2016), daughter of footballer Francesco Totti and TV host Ilary Blasi

Pop Culture References for the name Isabel

Isabel O'Sullivan, a main character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Isabel Archer, main character in Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady"
Isabel Cantelli, main character in 'Goddess of Legend' by PC Cast
Isabel Evans, character on TV's "Roswell"
Isabel Bradley, character in W. Somerset Maugham's "The Razor's Edge"
Isabel Gardner, main character in "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson
Isabel "Belly" Conklin, main character in Jenny Han's "The Summer I Turned Pretty"
Isabel Gutierrez, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Isabel, character on TV's "Hannah Montana"
Isabel Malone, character in novel "Mosquitoland"
Isabel Culpeper, character in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
Isabel "Isa" Castillo Flores, character on TV's "Elena of Avalor"
Isabel Magnolia, character from "Attack on Titan"
"Isabel," song by Frank Turner
"Isabel" song by The Wombats
Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight, medieval ballad
Isabel, Julia Roberts's character in the film "Stepmom"
Isabel, character in Pam Munoz Ryan's "Esperanza Rising".

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

Isabel's International Variations

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


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.