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Gender: Female Meaning of Isobel: "pledged to God" Origin of Isobel: Scottish variation of Isabel

The name Isobel is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "pledged to God". Isobel and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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The Scottish spelling of Isabel has a definite character of her own, the 'o' giving her an extra infusion of strength but also an element of confusion. How do you pronounce that? Answer: Exactly like Isabel or Isabelle.

Isobels have appeared on several high-profile TV shows: Isobel Crawley is Matthew's mother on Downton Abbey, Isobel Fleming is a Vampire Diaries character, and Isobel Stevens was known as Izzie on Grey's Anatomy.

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Famous People Named Isobel

Isobel Baillie, Scottish operatic soprano
Isobel Barnett (born Isobel Morag Marshall), Scottish radio and TV personality
Isobel Buchanan, Scottish operatic soprano
Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer-songwriter formerly of band Belle and Sebastian
Isobel Elsom, English actress
Isobel Dorothy "Bel" Powley, English actress
Isobel Gowdie, Scottish woman convicted of witchcraft in 1662
Isobel Hawking, mother of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking
Isobel of Huntingdon, great-grandmother of Robert the Bruce of Scotland
Isobel Joyce, Irish cricketer
Isobel Selina "Belle" Miller Kuhn, Canadian missionary to China
Isobel Lennart, American screenwriter
Isobel "Bel" Powley, British actress
Isobel Mary Redmond, Australian politician
Isobel Kelly O'Brien (b. 2013), daughter of actress Jessica St. Clair and playwright Dan O'Brien

Pop Culture References for the name Isobel

Isobel Flemming, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Dr. Isobel Katherine "Izzie" Stevens, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Isobel Lanley, main character in the Nevermore book series by Kelly Creagh
Isobel Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Isobel Kearney, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Isobel Martin, character in "The Night Circus"
Isobel MacDougal, character in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
"Isobel," song by Bjork
"Isobel," song by Dido
Isobel Pickwell, character on TV's Bad Education