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This has become WAY too common recently. Every second baby born in 2004 was called this. It's the new Olivia in that respect.
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2004
I think Isabel is the most beautiful name, even though it is quite popular, it will always be a classic. Lovley meaning 'Devoted to God' also.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2005
Isabel is replacing "Selene/Serenity/Serena" as the new name for Mary-Sue characters. I'm not saying anyone who uses this name is writing a Mary-Sue, but just you may want to shy away from it.
-- patchworkgirl  11/16/2005
Latin pop singer and songwriter Shakira is named Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
-- ars musica  12/3/2005
A famous bearer is author Isabel Allende (Llona, born August 2, 1942). She is also the niece of Salvador Allende, the president of Chile from 1970-1973.
-- AndrewJKD  12/4/2005
Isabel Lucas is a pretty actress.
-- lindamaree  3/10/2006
Famous bearer is Isabel Archer, a heroine in Henry James's novel "The Portrait of a Lady". This novel became a movie starring Nicole Kidman.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2006
Maria Isabel is a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest Junior in 2005 with the song: "Antes muerta que sencilla" = "Before dead that simple".
-- Keira_111  4/29/2006
The Spanish queen Isabel I the Catholic, she gave money and the ships to Cristobal Colón and she trusted in him for the expedition to the New World (America) with her husband Fernando V the Catholic.
-- Keira_111  4/29/2006
I like this name. I love the name Elizabeth for Elizabeth Swann (my favourite film) and Elizabeth Bennet, both played by Keira Knightley. My mother's name is Maria Isabel and it's beautiful. She likes her name too. I think everybody likes it.
-- Keira_111  4/29/2006
Isabel Wolff is a British novelist.
-- Anonymous User  5/2/2006
J. K. Rowling's first daughter's name is Jessica Isabel. The names sound beautiful together.
-- LoveTheNameMackenzie  8/11/2006
I like this name. I like Isabella better!
-- taures07  8/26/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Isabel here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
Isabel is a beautiful name, I prefer the spelling Isabelle though, it looks more finished.
-- Anonymous User  10/10/2006
It *is* very common in the US now, but it's always been common in Mexico, where my family is from. My grandmother's name was Maria Isabel, and I have a cousin and a niece named Isabel. The Mexican "nickname" for this, by the way, is Chavela. Oh, and Isabel is complete enough if you speak Spanish; no need for "-lle" in Spanish pronunciation.
-- lisi  11/7/2006
A famous bearer of this name is Isabel Dalhousie of Alexander McCall Smith's "The Sunday Philosophy Club" novels.
-- black_lace  1/11/2007
"Isabel" is a song by Il Divo.
-- desert rose  1/15/2007
I really dislike this name and cannot for the life of me understand why it is so popular. However, this may be affected by the fact that the only Isabel I know is a brat.
-- Petroushka  3/5/2007
A song by Bjork. Also, I'm pretty sure Salma Hayek played a character by the same name in 'Fools Rush In' with Matthew Perry.
-- Daisee  5/20/2007
Ogden Nash's younger daughter Isabel features more often in his poems than her elder sister Lynelle.
-- Anneza  5/23/2007
Here in Israel the names Isabel and Jezebel are pronounced fairly identically and are considered to be one name. (ee-za-vel) Their linguistic origin is identical as is the lexical break down eeza-bel, yeeza-bel - both with the potential original form of Olizabel or Elizabel, bel being either a babylonian god (the source of the name 'el' as the hebrew word for god, in names like Michael), and also meaning 'lord' (hence, the lord god) yeza/eesa could mean follower or assistance, but it's unlikely.
Since biblical names were fashionable in the early medieval era (even the 'bad' ones) it is very likely this is the Spanish pronunciation of Jezebel. Not a bad a association, there are a few Jezebel's in the bible, one of them a very strong, smart queen, it just happened that the ancient fathers thought any strong, clever independant woman was 'bad'. Thank god times have changed.
-- Cynyslende  7/14/2007
I have a crush on "Isabeau." It's a legitimate old name. What holds me back is that beau is masculine and belle is feminine for beautiful. But really I more so think it's either She "Is-a-bell" or She "Is-a-bow" sigh. I don't think I'll use it if everyone thinks I'm nuts. Maybe for a middle name. It's just that in husband's family, they call everyone by their middle names, even more so then their first. They are from the South, and though a little out of hand, that's the way is it!
-- StinkweedMcGilicutty  8/6/2007
I love the name Isabel, it's so pretty. I love the nickname Belle but I don't like Is. It's really not elegant. I like this spelling better than Isabelle. I really like Isabel June.
-- Anonymous User  9/11/2007
I love this name, it's one of my favourites, but you would be inflicted with a lifetime of "Is a bell necessary on a bicycle?"
-- Anonymous User  10/1/2007
This name is so blah and boring. As boring as its English counterpart Elizabeth - too many Isabels and Elizabeths out there.
-- Anonymous User  10/19/2007
I was always intrigued how Elisabeth turned into Isabel in Spanish. I found the answer in a medieval work: Elisabeth was written Elisabel back then and hence the short form Isabel. BTW, in ancient times it was spelled Ysabel, which I find beautiful.
-- Nosferatu  11/29/2007
This is my Spanish name (ees-a-bel) in school and I love it. I think it's really cute, with either pronunciation.
-- pandasayscynical  12/11/2007
A famous bearer was stage actress Isabel Bigley (23 February 1926 – 30 September 2006). She was best known for her supporting role as Sarah Brown in the original production of the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls", for which she won a Tony Award.
-- AndrewJKD  3/13/2008
My name is the variant Isabelle and I have a card with the meaning of the name on my bedroom door: =]
Isabel/Isobel/Isabelle
The Spanish form of Elizabeth meaning 'Oath of God'. She is honest, hard working and down to earth. With her high moral code and intuitive nature, she is both respected and revered. An employer's dream.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2008
Czech name day celebrated on the 5th of October.
-- MaggieSimpson  5/16/2008
Check out "Etymology" on:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel
-- Reina Vered  5/31/2008
I'd never cared much for Isabel til now. I think I'd known too many stuck-up Isabel(le)s. Now, though, I absolutely love it; the simple, pretty, tinkling sound, the pared down 'Isabel' spelling. I would love to name a daughter of mine Isabel; I just wish it hadn't become a name for spoilt girls! Ysabel is very striking and feminine, too.
-- aquamarina  6/30/2008
This name is soo beautiful pronounced the French or Spanish ways, but Izzzzzabel just makes me cringe!
-- padfoot443  7/12/2008
Isabel Gemio Cardoso (Alburquerque, Badajoz, January 5, 1961) is a Spanish journalist and radio and television presenter. She was married to a Cuban sculptor (Nilo Manrique) and has a biological son and an adoptive son.

She started in Radio Extremadura, and later in Radio Barcelona as Isabel Garbí. Her debut in television was in 1983 with the TVE quiz show Los Sabios.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Isabel Preysler (born Maria Isabel Arrástia Preysler on February 18, 1951 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina journalist, model and former TV talk show host in Madrid, Spain. She is known in the Spanish press as "La Reina de Corazones" (the Queen of Hearts) ever since a best-selling biography by the same name was published about her. She is the mother of international pop superstars Enrique Iglesias, Julio José Iglesias, Chabeli Iglesias, Tamara Falcó and Ana Boyer.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Isabel Pantoja (María Isabel Pantoja Martín b. Seville, 1956) is a popular contemporary gypsy Spanish singer, born on 2 August 1956, in the Triana district of Seville, Spain. She has released more than a dozen albums throughout a career spanning many decades, and is known for her distinctive Andalusian style.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
María Isabel Iglesias y Preysler, known as Chábeli Iglesias (born September 3, 1971, Madrid, Spain) is a journalist based in Washington D.C. Iglesias is the daughter of famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Filipino journalist Isabel Preysler. She is the sister of pop star Enrique Iglesias and model and singer Julio Iglesias Jr. She has also several half-siblings: Tamara Falcó and Ana Boyer (from her mother's side) and Miguel Alejandro, Rodrigo, Cristina, Victoria and Guillermo Iglesias (from her father's side).
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Chavela Vargas, a Costa Rican-Mexican singer, was born Isabel Vargas Lizano in San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica on April 17, 1919. She is especially known for her rendition of rancheras genre - a folkloric musical genre widely popular in Mexico - but she is also recognized for her contribution to other popular Latin American song genres. In her youth, she dressed as a man, smoked cigars, drank heavily, carried a gun and was known for her characteristic red poncho, which she still does in performances.

Vargas has been an influential interpreter in the Americas and Europe, muse to figures such as Pedro Almodovar, hailed for her haunting performances, and called "la voz aspera de la ternura", the bitter voice of tenderness. At 81 years old, she openly admitted she was a lesbian.

At only 14, she fled her native country due to lack of musical career opportunities, seeking refuge in Mexico, where an entertainment industry was burgeoning. For many years she sang on the streets but in her thirties she became a professional singer.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
It seems likely to me that there is also some origin in this name from the Phoenician name Iyzebel, which meant "Baal is exalted" and was the probable real name of the biblical Jezebel.
-- FuschiaNicole  12/6/2008
Actors Christine Baranska and Matthew Cowles have a daughter Isabel, born 1984.
-- Emilie007  12/21/2008
It's my name and I love it! Sadly has become too common recently.
-- ibbierose  1/27/2009
I LOVE this name. What's weird is it grew on me so quickly. One day, I only thought it was okay, the next I loved it. I just like the way all the syllables go together.
-- thecookiemonster  2/14/2009
I like it, pretty, it's a bit common but I think ISABEL is the best spelling.
-- becca_marciano  4/9/2009
Horrible way to spell Isabelle. It is a disgrace to the name and the French word for beautiful "Belle" never should be spelled Bel! Horrible way to spell it. Beautiful name is Isabelle. Not Isabel. Still a beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  5/22/2009
To the above comment saying that 'this is a terrible way to spell Isabelle' -- Do you know that Isabel is the original version?
-- Anonymous User  9/28/2009
Sorry, I misunderstood that this was the original spelling. Still I stand for my comment that Isabelle just looks nice and is spelled better.
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2009
The sixth variation of Sir Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations is called "Ysobel." It was intended as a portrayal of Elgar's viola pupil Isabel Fitton.
-- Kosta  11/3/2009
Tacky, ghetto, and overused.
I hate this name, Isabel (even though it is the original spelling) looks like a spelling mistake.
-- Alora  1/2/2010
I have to disagree with Alora's comment. I can't understand how anyone could ever call Isabel "tacky" and "ghetto". It is a beautiful, long-established, classic and sophisticated name. And it has a lot of history, if you'd care to read up about how "Elisheva" changed to "Isabel". Isabel is definitely not a misspelling, nor does it look like one. (Isn't Isabel the most common spelling in English, anyway? I've met far more Isabels than I have Isabelles or Isobels.) I get annoyed when English-speakers try to look "fancy" and pick the French form of a name, then ignore the French spelling and pronounce it as if it were English (usually because they can't speak French). Vivienne is not pronounced like Vivian, Adrienne is not pronounced like Adrian, Aimée is not pronounced like Amy, and Isabelle is not pronounced like Isabel!
I personally have always loved the name Isabel, and though I prefer the Spanish pronunciation, it sounds gorgeous in English as well. And I think the Spanish nicknames Chabela and Chabelita are adorable. What's not to love about Isabel?
-- Ailis  2/6/2010
If you are considering giving this name to your daughter, here are some things you should know:
1) People will misspell it. Everyone wants to add an -le to the end. When you or your daughter try to correct them, many people will complain that the -le spelling looks nicer. 2) People will call her Isabella. And Elizabeth. And maybe Annabel. 3) It is currently very common, along with its other spelling Isabelle. There are six other girls with this name who attend my school, and even though they are all Isabelles, the two names sound the same. 4) The meaning of this name really isn't too interesting.
My name is not a bad name, though it has never really suited me. I have always pictured Isabels/Isabelles as being tall, slender, and dark-haired, none of which describe me in the slightest. At least this is the less feminine-looking version, for those parents who shy away from frilly names.
-- IYV  7/30/2010
I love this name, but it's probably sooooooooo overused by now :( Oh well, it's still great.
-- Chrila96  8/28/2010
I love the name Isabel! It seems a lot tougher than Isabelle or Isabella, since I think the the suffix 'le' or 'la' on already pretty names makes them sound too girly. This is one of my favorite names.
-- bonjourfrenchfry  7/24/2011
Isabel Kabra is the main antagonist in the books "39 CLUES" along with her children, Ian and Natalie. She was so evil that she even shot her own daughter in the foot. Eventually she was arrested for murder and attempt to.
-- theadiragram  8/2/2011
Actually, the name Elisabete is a Portuguese name derived from the English "Elisabeth". Don't mix it up!
-- theadiragram  8/3/2011
As an Isabel in America I have been continuously frustrated by people trying to spell my name "Isabelle." People have also spelled my name as Isebal, Isabele, Izabelle, Izabel, and many other ways that I can't remember right now. There are too many different spellings of "Isabel" and for some reason everyone goes for anything but "Isabel." I also have a difficult last name so it gets old spelling my name out letter by letter for everything. People also continuously call me Elizabeth for some reason, I know the names are related but they don't even sound that much alike.
I prefer the Spanish pronunciation, mostly because it clears up some of the spelling issues and it sounds better to me (and it's the way my mom says it, so I am biased).
Despite the spelling issues I love my name, and it works for me.
-- nectarwoods  8/7/2011
Iz-ə-BEL (Portuguese).
-- danssrulz  11/9/2011
I have a very strong dislike of this name. The name is pathetic and old-fashioned and you have this name then I feel rather sorry for you. It is the worst name. Ever.
-- Harry Styles  5/28/2012
Isabel Bishop (born 1902 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was an American painter and graphic artist.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2012
Isabel was one of the daughters of King James II of UK and his second wife Maria Beatrice of Modena.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Isabel (1503-1539) was the daughter of King Manoel I of Portugal and his second wife Maria. She became Holy Roman Empress when marrying Emperor Charles V.
-- CarolinW  6/17/2012
Isabel (1529-1529) was the daughter of King Joao III of Portugal and his wife Katharina of Austria.
-- CarolinW  6/17/2012
Isabel (1676-1681) was the daughter of King James II of England and his second wife Mary of Modena.
-- CarolinW  6/18/2012
Isabel (1324-1326) was the daughter of King Afonso IV of Portugal and his wife Beatrice.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Isabel (1397-1471) was the daughter of King Joao I of Portugal and his wife Philippa.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Isabel (1797-1818) was the daughter of King Joao IV of Portugal and his wife Carlota.

Isabel (1801-1876) was also another daughter of King Joao IV of Portugal and his wife Carlota.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Isabel (1766-1777) was the daughter of Queen Maria I of Portugal and her husband Pedro.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Isabel (1669-1690) was the only daughter of King Pedro II of Portugal and his first wife Maria Francisca of Savoy.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
In his book "Name This Child" (1959) the usually reliable Eric Partridge claims of Isabel/Isobel: "Originally a transformation of Elisabeth. But it has an independent origin as a Biblical name. (1 Kings, xvi, 31)"

This had me scurrying for a Bible, where I found this:
"30 Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. 31 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him."

Obviouly, Partridge mistakes Jezebel for Isabel - an uncharacteristic error.
-- Just Jonquil  10/1/2012
For portuguese and Spanish speakers this name is beautiful. Such a classic name! It´s one of my favorite names for a girl. The nicknames in portugese for Isabel are Isa, Bel or Bebel.
-- maryvirgolino  12/16/2012
Name of the Day: May 16, 2013.
-- dwayne1996  5/16/2013
I love this name. I think it's pretty enough without a nickname like izzy; that just takes away the beauty of the name. I personally prefer Isabel to Isabelle, and especially the disgustingly trendy Isabella. You really can't go wrong with a name like this! :)
-- Oohvintage  6/2/2013
This may be my favorite name. I love that it doesn't have the frill of the le at the end (Isabelle), but it's still feminine and classy. Isabel is such a beautiful name; I'd like to name a little girl Isabel Irene.
-- DestinedAuthor  7/24/2013
I like this name, regardless of how popular it is. Very classy and feminine. It's strange how I don't like Isabella or even Isabelle spelt like that but I like Isabel and Isobel.
-- Almonds  7/25/2013
This is my name, and I personally love it. It wasn't very popular when I was born, and a lot of people assumed I was Hispanic because of my name, even though I had a *very* Italian surname. I've gotten plenty of compliments on it over the years, and I always loved being the only Isabel in a sea of jennifers and jessicas. I have yet to meet an Isabel my age. I agree with the other comment saying everyone misspells it, I can't tell you how often I've had to correct people who spelled it 'Isabelle', not to mention how many times I was called Isabella throughout school and by receptionists at the doctor, dentist, etc. It's not a big deal to me though, I've learned to respond to Isabella over the years. Although I'm not quite sure how they don't realize there's only one l and no a... Anyways, it's all worth it to bear such an elegant and beautiful name. I personally don't like the spelling Isabelle, it just looks too frilly and over the top to me, whereas Isabel can suit a wide range of personalities, from sporty to girly. If you absolutely love Isabella but want something a little less trendy, I would highly recommend Isabel. It's popularity has gone down in recent years, so your daughter will probably be the only Isabel in her class. It's a fantastic choice for a little girl that won't sound out of place when she's an adult. Plus, it sounds great with a lot of middle names!
-- Isabel Price  8/12/2013
For the longest time I couldn't stand the name Isabella. There are waaaaaay more Isabellas where I live than Isabels. Isabel was okay, but I wasn't particularly fond of it. Now that I'm older I can appreciate this name a lot more. I prefer it much more Isabel (spelled this way) as opposed to Isabella/Isabelle. A few years back I found out that my Mexican-born great-great grandmother's name was Isabel so I have to admit I have a soft spot for this name now. I'd never use it as a first name but I would consider it as a middle name, bring it back to life so to speak in our family tree.
-- Anonymous User  11/25/2013
My middle name is Isabel. I was born in the 1960s and named after my grandmother. At first, I didn't like it because I didn't know anyone with the name when I was in school. At the time, my grandmother said to just wait, one day it would become popular again. Little by little, beginning in the 1970s, I noticed French film actresses with the name like Isabelle Adjani & Isabelle Huppert. Years later, the popular singer Shakira was noted for having the middle named Isabel (with my spelling). Now it seems so many people have children named Isabella (often nicknamed Bella). I love having the middle name Isabel, because my grandmother who has since passed away lives on in my name & it sounds like a French movie star.
-- Anonymous User  8/13/2014

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