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Pronunciation /ˈɪzəbɛl/[1]
Gender Female
Word/name Phoenician via Greek and Latin.
Meaning '"My god is baal"
"Baal is abundance"
gift from baal(fights with Elijah)
Other names
Related names "Jezebel" (Phoenician), "Elisabel" (Medieval Latin), "Isabell" and "Isabel'" (Spanish), Izabel (Portuguese), Isabella (Italian), Isabelle (French, Dutch, German), Izabela, Isobel and "Ishbel" (Scots), Ysabeau, Elizabeth (English)

Isabel is a Romance-language given name. It is related to Isabelle (French, Dutch, German, Catalan, Provençal), Isabella (Italian), and the English Elisabeth.


This set of names is a southwestern European variant of the Hebrew name Elisheva, also represented in English and other western languages as Elisabeth. It first appeared in medieval Provençal as Elisabel. Guido Gómez de Silva states that these names are derived from the Latin and Greek renderings of the Hebrew name based on both etymological and contextual evidence (the use of Isabel as a translation of the name of the mother of John the Baptist).[2]

The variant form originated through the loss of the first syllable and the replacement of final /t/ with /l/ (as /t/ does not appear word-finally in standard Spanish).[3] Both forms of the name exist concurrently in Italian (Isabella and Elisabella) and French (Isabelle and Élisabeth). Both names have been borrowed into multiple other languages, giving rise to various local forms.

Another origin comes from a name Jezebel. Jezebel is the Anglicized transliteration of the Hebrew אִיזָבֶל ('Izevel/'Izavel). The Oxford Guide to People & Places of the Bible states that the name is "best understood as meaning 'Where is the Prince?'", a ritual cry from worship ceremonies in honor of Baal


In 2013, Isabella was the tenth most popular name for girls in Australia.[4]

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Individuals named Isabelle[edit]

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Fleur Isabelle Delacour from Harry Potter

Surname Isabelle[edit]



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  1. ^ "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «ĭz´a-bĕl»
  2. ^ Guido Gómez de Silva, Breve diccionario etimológico de la lengua española, Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1985.
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick und Flavia Hodges. Oxford Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press, 1996, p.166.
  4. ^ "Australia's 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10.