Your alternate origin for Isabel as "daughter of Ba'al" may be more correct than people think. Judas Iscariot was the Greek/Aramacized form of Judas "Ish Keret", man of Crete. In late Punic, Ba'al became Bel, as in Latin. The word "Ba'al" itself means "Lord" or "Prince and as such is incorporated in a number of Biblical names. "Ish" means "man", and "Isha" is "woman". So it is not a stretch of the imagination to see "Isabel" as "Isha Bel" as the Iberians, Romans, and Spanish would have pronounced it (not having an "sh" sound in their languages). If you know the history of Spain you see why this line of thinking may not be so far-fetched.
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Origin of name Isabel - Ken Oct 14 2003, 3:43:09 AM