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Isabella the Catholic of Castile (1451–1504) the first Spanish queen regnant and a key character in the Reconquista, the Spanish Inquisition, and Christopher Columbus' discovery of America
Gender Female
Word/name Hebrew via Greek and Latin.
Meaning "My God is an oath"
"My God is abundance"
gift from God(from the Hebrew "Elisheba")
Other names
Related names "Elisheba" & "Elisheva" (Hebrew), " Elisabel" (Medieval Latin), Isabell & "'Ysabel"' (Spanish), Izabel (Portuguese), Isabella (Italian), Isabelle (French, Dutch, German), Izabela, Isobel & "Ishbel" (Scots), Ysabeau, Elizabeth (English)

Isabel (/ˈɪz.ə.bɛl/[1]) is a Romance-language given name. It is related to Isabelle (French, Dutch, German, Catalan, Provençal), Isabella (Italian), and the English Elizabeth.


This set of names is a southwestern European variant of the Hebrew name Elisheva, also represented in English and other western languages as Elizabeth. 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 Elisabetta) and French (Isabelle and Élisabeth). Both names have been borrowed into multiple other languages, giving rise to various local forms.


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



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  • Isabella, a ship sunk in the Falkland Islands in 1813



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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. Retrieved 2014-01-10.