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Origin & Meaning

The name Isabel is of Spanish origin.

The meaning of Isabel is "my G-d is an oath, pledged to G-d".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 144  in baby name popularity for girls with 2313 occurrences.  It ranked 12707 in popular baby names for boys with 5 occurrences. 

View the Isabel Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Isabel has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Isabel to other names.


The name Elizabeth is derived from Elisabet (Ελισαβε&tau), the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheva (אֱלִישֶׁבַע).

The Hebrew name Elisheva, appears in the Old Testament where Elisheva is the wife of Aaron. The name Elizabeth appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.

Elizabeth was also the name of a 12th-century saint, two ruling queens of England (the 16th-century Elizabeth I, and the current ruling queen, Queen Elizabeth II), and by a Russian empress.

The name has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.

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Related Names

Isabel is a form of the name Elizabeth.

Variants of the name Isabel include Isbel, Isobel, Izabelle.

The names Beileag, Belicia, Chavela, Chavelle, Isabell, Iseabail, Iseabal, Ishbel, Isibeal, Sabel, Sabela, Ysabel, Ysbail, Zabel are all forms of Isabel.

Isabel has the diminutives (nicknames) Belle, Belle, Ibbie, Izzie, Izzy.

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Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Isabel in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Isabel.

Just for fun, see the name Isabel in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Isabel in Nautical Flags page.

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Spanish names consist of one or more given names followed by TWO family names. Generally the first surname is the father's first surname and the second is the mother's first surname but this traditional order no longer required. Generally the second surname is only used for formal and legal matters.

Although a child may have only one or two given names for official civil records, they may be given several names when baptized.

Given names are simple such as Juan or composite such as Juan Pablo. Composite names are considered single unit first names and not first and second names.

Parents give names that just appeal to them, honor relatives or saints, or are of traditional Spanish origin.

Many Spanish given names honor the Virgin Mary. Girls are frequently given the name Maria or Maria followed by a suffix name and boys are sometimes given the name Maria as a middle name. Girls with Marian composite names may use the suffix portion of their name as their main informal name. For example Maria de los Angeles, Maria del Pilar and Maria de la Luz, may go by the names Angeles, Pilar and Luz.

Although the first name within a composite name generally reflects the gender of the holder, the second name need not, as in Jose Maria or Maria Jose.