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My favorite spelling of this name! I wish other versions were less popular so it was actually useable. Unfortunately, it will probably get misspelled as Isabel/Isabell 100% of the time.
Hforthewin  11/6/2019
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My name is Margaret (first name) Isobel (middle name) and I think it's such a pretty and regal name, and not just because it's mine!
margaret.isobel  5/22/2019
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I love this name. It's my favourite spelling and this is how I thought it was spelled when I was little, before I saw it written. It looks and sounds so regal and sophisticated and reminds me of snow.
B.Czarnecki  11/29/2018
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I have this name, and honestly it just gets frustrating to spell every single time. I just go by Izzy.
Izzycharlierose  11/27/2018
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I prefer Isabel.
kayisforkeen  10/1/2018
4
I'm surprised this isn't as popular as Isabel, Isabella, and Isabelle.
Luvbug86  9/18/2018
3
My preference for Isobel spellings ranked most liked to disliked:

1. Isobel
2. Isabelle
3. Isabel (is a bell).
― Anonymous User  4/30/2018
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I like it and it sounds classy and nice. Personally I prefer it to Isabel and not just because that is my name. However it is for some reason not as popular as other versions such as Isabelle or Isabel.
― Anonymous User  11/14/2017
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This spelling is cute. The O in the middle is pretty instead of the A. I think Isabelle looks too frumpy, Isabel is too plain, Isabella is overused, but this name is just lovely.
― Anonymous User  11/9/2017
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This is my favourite spelling of the name. I also love Isabelle, but find Isabel a little plain. I love Izabelle and Izabella, as they are unusual but not crazy. I do like Isabella too, but it has become so popular. Isobel is just perfect to me. I prefer Belle to Izzy, as a nickname.
Paula Puddephatt  5/25/2017
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I am a 72yr old Scot and my name is ISOBEL. The only problem I have had is I have had to spell my name for people most of my life. Even though I say or spell my name very clearly eg; IS pause O pause BEL people still write Isabel, IsabeLL or Isabelle and many other variations.
Dazzle  1/23/2017
1
I like this spelling much better than Isabella or Isabelle/ Izabella, etc... it is pretty, and not frilly!
flamingrubyred  11/25/2016
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The name Isobel was given to 91 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
3
I find this spelling very cute, pretty, innocent, lovely and adorable looking. :)
― Anonymous User  10/11/2014
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My name is Isobel, and for the first thirteen years or so of my life I didn't really like it - not generally, just not for myself. Now however, I love my name as a name by itself and for me. Just recently I learned my parents never intended the O to be very important or pronounced, but I had been asking people (quite shyly) to pronounce it. I have disregarded my parents initial ideas of the pronunciation (they chose it because it is Welsh, as is much of my background) and asked people to pronounce the O, though it is a subtle difference.

It's a very lovely name, elegant in look and sound - it does set one apart in a small but significant way. Sometime however (more recently now) people have thought my name is Elizabeth when I introduce myself. Not too often though.

I love my name more than ever now, and it makes me feel a little special - always has.
Isobel Rose  7/2/2014
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While primarily associated with Scotland, Isobel is also used in England. My gran was called this, and she had no Scottish connection whatsoever. I believe it turns up also in old English medieval records, when spellings were more idiosyncratic than now.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2014
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I like this name much more than Isabelle, Isabel, or Isabella. Especially with the n.n. Izzy.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2014
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Isobel (Izzy) is the name of one of the primary characters in George Macdonald's Salted with Fire.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2014
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I find this name so beautiful! I love Izzy as a nickname.
doktornapalm  11/14/2013
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The name Isobel was given to 83 baby girls born in the US in 2012 :)
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
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English.
littlescarlett  1/17/2013
1
In the 1950s and 1960s the refined and elegant Lady Isobel Barnett (born Isobel Morag Marshall in Aberdeen) was a popular British TV personality. A doctor, she was born in 1918 and died in tragic circumstances in 1980.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2012
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This is my grandmas name and my favourite name, one thing that really annoys me is I post a lot of things on nameberry and most of them say it has a different pronunciation even though it is pronounced as Isabel.
littlemissebony  7/22/2012
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I like this spelling better. It's much more classy IMO.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
1
This is grandmother's name and one of my favourites. I love the nickname Bella.
emilymaryjane  1/24/2012
2
I prefer this spelling as it seems less uber-frilly and is more refined.
KathosAnnora  3/1/2011
2
Very refreshing to the disgustingly popular Isabella.
Dawson  11/14/2010
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I like this name, because as a synesthete, it looks sort of like the night sky to me. The 'o' is white and round like the moon, the 'b' and 's' are yellow like stars and, disregarding the 'e' because it doesn't quite fit, the dark 'i' and 'l' make the background. I'm not too fond of the nickname 'Izzy' though. It sounds sort of trashy to me. Also, I don't like Isabel at all.
alma_aindop  10/15/2010
1
I absolutely detest the spellings Isabel, Isabelle, Isabella etc. Yet for some reason I love the spelling Isobel. However, I wouldn't name my daughter Isobel because it is pronounced the same as and could be mistaken for Isabel, which is also far too common.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2010
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Isobel Gowdie was a Scottish woman who was tried for witchcraft in 1662. Her detailed confession, apparently achieved without the use of torture, offers one of the most detailed looks at European witchcraft folklore at the end of the era of witch-hunts.

There is no record of her being executed.

In 1955, retired English soldier Robin Green believed that he saw the ghost of Isobel Gowdie while camping alone in Auldearn.

Isobel Gowdie and her magic have been remembered in a number of later works of culture. She has appeared as a character in several novels, such as the biographical novels The Devil's Mistress by novelist and occultist J. W. Brodie-Innes, Isobel by Jane Parkhurst, the fantasy novel Night Plague by Graham Masterton, and Noches Paganas: Cuentos Narrados junto al Fuego del Sabbath by Luis G. Abbadie;

Isobel Gowdie is also the subject of songs by Creeping Myrtle and Alex Harvey. Maddy Prior's song The Fabled Hare is based upon the spell quoted above. The Inkubus Sukkubus song Woman to Hare, from the album Vampyre Erotica is based on Isobel's statement, and quotes her words at the end of the lyrics. The Confession of Isobel Gowdie is a work for symphony orchestra by the Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Furthermore, some of her own literary works have been included in Oxford University Press's Early Modern Women Poets: 1520-1700: An Anthology, as well as World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time.
SandSea  2/23/2010
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This is a very sophisticated and beautiful name. It is a name I would consider my child. I like Bella for a nickname, as I'm not keen on Izzy. It's so much softer than the more common spelling of Isabelle.
amanda82  2/11/2010
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My friend's name is Isobel and we always call her Izzy. I love this name, and I think it's very classy, beautiful and sophisticated, and Izzy is a really cute nickname. I'm not sure which spelling I prefer - Isabel or Isobel? The "o" makes it look it look spunkier, but the Isabel is the original spelling. I don't think I could ever decide.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2010
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I've always liked all the Isabel variations apart from Isabella since it's so insanely popular right now and I've just heard it too often. My favorite was always Isabelle because it's French but lately I've started to like the Scottish form much more. The o instead of an a somehow makes it less frilly and on the whole, I think this name looks stronger than the ones spelled with an -a. The only downside is that it's pronounced the same way as Isabel so a girl named Isobel would still meet with plenty of other girls with practically the same name.
renee06  11/16/2009
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I am probably crazy, but the O in the middle makes this name looks "fat" to me. I would just stick with the Isabelle spelling.
enchy  9/2/2009
2
It's a lovely, charming name. I definitely prefer this to Isabel(le).
emmiix3  5/13/2009
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Isobel is Julia's twin sister in the book My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.
bibi66  1/16/2009
1
Someone with this spelling is Isobel Campbell, formerly of the Scottish band Belle&Sebastian.
elizabethwoolf  6/24/2008
2
I much prefer this spelling (along with Iseabail) over any of the others. The spelling just seems much more classy and sophisticated (to me) than Isabelle and the like.
NiamhWitch  12/15/2007
1
The only variation of Isabelle, Isabel, etc., that I really like. Isobel is the name of a song by Björk and another song by Dido.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2007
2
I like this spelling better than Izabel or Isabel. It's softer and more feminine sounding.
So Be It  9/2/2007
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I don't like the "o" in the middle.
― Anonymous User  6/21/2007
1
"Dear Isobel" is a song found in Dido's first album.
Lilya  2/28/2007
1
A famous Björk song is called Isobel. It is a part of a saga of a girl that was born in a forest, and after a lot of disappoitments decides to isolate herself, that's why she's called ISObel, not ISAbel.
prisavril  1/31/2007
2
In Scotland some people pronounced this "issable", not "izza-bell".
Elly747  1/8/2007
4
Isobel is my second daughter's name, it suits her so very well. I call her Isobel, although some other family members call her Izzy or Belle.
emillylouise  12/21/2006
2
I find Isobel inscrutably appealing.
Wordsmith  12/16/2006
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Isobel "Izzie" Stevens is a character on "Grey's Anatomy".
― Anonymous User  8/12/2006
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A famous bearer was Isobel MacDuff, Countess of Buchan, who ran away from her husband to crown Robert the Bruce. When she was captured by the English, they hung her in a cage off the walls of Berwick castle for five years, and she survived.
alimorag  3/16/2006
1
In the movie "Lady Hawk," the female lead is named Isobel. I think it is a beautiful name.
beautyofwords9  3/7/2006
1
Just a side note: In the movie Lady Hawk, the main female character's name is Isabeau, not Isobel.
TheCourtneyDayle  7/30/2011
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In the movie Ladyhawke the female lead, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, is actually named Isabeau. Both are beautiful names though.
Kings_falcon  1/1/2007
2
I really love this name. It has sort of a Scottish charm about it.
lunalovegood  1/18/2006
1
Isobel Campbell is a Scottish singer and composer in the "twee pop" musical movement. Isobel was a member of the band Belle & Sebastian from their formation in Glasgow in 1996, until 2002.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2005
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This name can also be pronounced "Ee-zo-bal", you don´t have to pronounce it like Isabel. It is used as a name in Scotland.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2005

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