Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. ee-za-BEHL-la(Italian)
ee-za-BEH-la(German, Dutch)

Meaning & History

Latinate form of Isabel. This name was borne by many medieval royals, including queen consorts of England, France, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary, as well as the powerful ruling queen Isabella of Castile (properly called Isabel).

In the United States this form was much less common than Isabel until the early 1990s, when it began rapidly rising in popularity. It reached a peak in 2009 and 2010, when it was the most popular name for girls in America, an astounding rise over only 20 years.

A famous bearer is the Italian actress Isabella Rossellini (1952-).

Related Names

VariantsIsabel, Isabell(German) Isabel, Izabelle, Isbel, Isebella(English) Isabel, Isabelle, Isabeau(Dutch) Isabela(Romanian)
DiminutivesIsa(Italian) Isa(German) Bella, Belle, Ibbie, Issy, Izzy, Libbie, Libby, Sabella(English) Iisa(Finnish) Isa(Dutch)
Other Languages & CulturesZabel(Armenian) Elixabete(Basque) Elisheba, Elizabeth, Elisabeth(Biblical) Elisabet(Biblical Greek) Elisheva(Biblical Hebrew) Elisabeth(Biblical Latin) Elisaveta, Elizabet(Bulgarian) Elisabet(Catalan) Elizabeta(Croatian) Alžběta, Liliana(Czech) Eliisabet, Elo, Liis, Liisa, Liisi, Liisu(Estonian) Élisabeth, Isabel, Isabelle, Babette, Élise, Isabeau, Lili, Liliane, Lise, Lisette(French) Bet, Lys(Frisian) Sabela(Galician) Elisabed, Eliso, Eliza, Liza(Georgian) Elisavet(Greek) Elikapeka(Hawaiian) Elisheva(Hebrew) Elizabet, Erzsébet, Izabella, Bettina, Bözsi, Eliza, Erzsi, Lili, Liliána, Lilien, Zsóka(Hungarian) Elísabet, Ísabella, Elsa(Icelandic) Eilís, Eilish, Isibéal, Sibéal(Irish) Elizabete, Elīza(Latvian) Bet(Limburgish) Elžbieta, Elzė(Lithuanian) Elisaveta(Macedonian) Ealisaid(Manx) Ibb(Medieval English) Isabeau(Medieval French) Isabel(Medieval Occitan) Isabèl(Occitan) Elżbieta, Izabela, Izabella, Iza, Liliana, Lilianna(Polish) Isabel, Belinha, Elisa, Elisabete, Elizabete, Isabela, Liliana(Portuguese) Eliza, Izabel, Lílian(Portuguese (Brazilian)) Elizaveta, Yelizaveta(Russian) Ealasaid, Elspet, Elspeth, Iseabail, Ishbel, Isobel, Beileag, Lileas, Lilias, Lillias(Scottish) Jelisaveta(Serbian) Alžbeta(Slovak) Elizabeta(Slovene) Isabel, Ysabel, Eli, Elisa, Elisabet, Isa, Isabela, Liliana(Spanish) Yelyzaveta, Yelysaveta(Ukrainian) Bethan(Welsh)
Same SpellingÍsabella


Isabella I of CastileIsabella I of Castile

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Name Days

Finland: February 11
Sweden: October 30


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Entry updated November 20, 2020