Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Isabell

Isabell is the German form of Isabel, a name which developed in the Middle Ages as a Provençal form of Elizabeth. Originally Isabel was used primarily among the French, Spanish and Portuguese (although the Spanish and Portuguese used the Latinate form Isabela with an “a”). The name gained widespread appeal among all Europeans by the 13th century thanks to a well-known French noblewoman, Isabella of Angoulême, who was betrothed to King John of England in 1200 (at the ripe old age of 12!). Not only did Isabella hold the lofty position of Queen Consort of England, but she was also the mother to another future king, Henry III of England. Another namesake was Isabella of France (daughter of King Philip IV of France). As a girl of twelve (again!), this Isabella was also sent to England to marry King Edward II in the early 14th century (who she would eventually have deposed and murdered, consequently earning her the sobriquet “She-wolf of France”). Another illustrious medieval Isabella was the 15th century Queen of Castile and León who famously financed Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the New World. See historic references on the Isabella page for more information on these memorable medieval Isabellas. While the name Elizabeth has maintained widespread popularity thanks to the Biblical reference, the forms of Isabel, Isabell, Isabelle, Isabela and Isabella were largely popularized by European royalty in the Middle Ages (the name is actually Ysabel in Old Spanish). All of the “Isabel” names can find their root origin in the Hebrew "Elisheba", which means "God is my oath". Elisheba/Elizabeth shows up in Exodus as the wife of Aaron (the older brother of Moses and the first High Priest of Israel). Separately, another Biblical Elizabeth appears in the New Testament (herself a descendent of Aaron) as the mother of John the Baptist. See the name Elizabeth for more detail. Through centuries of movement through various geographies, cultures and languages, Isabel is yet another derivation of Elisheba. The German spelling of Isabell is popular in Germany, but also well-used in the Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden. Diminutives include Isa, Izzy, Bell and Bella.

All About the Baby Name – Isabell

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ISABELL

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ISABELL

Isabella is currently the 2nd most popular baby girl’s name nationwide, so it’s no surprise that a ton of other spellings have also appeared all over the place. Isabell is the German spelling variation specifically. Either American parents are drawn to Isabell in honor of their own German heritage or else they prefer the more minimalistic spelling of this medieval beauty. Isabell actually dates back to the 19th century on the American naming charts and saw semi-moderate usage at the turn of the 20th century. The name officially fell out of style in 1945 and would go into hiding for the next almost 60 years. Reappearing on the Top 1000 list only this new century in 2002, Isabell is another spelling variation riding the tidal wave of Isabella’s ϋber-success. Although truth be told, the German Isabell is currently the least popular of the seven Isabel’s currently in circulation. Still, a great spelling option for little American fräuleins of German descent.

Quick Facts

ON ISABELL

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

German

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

972

PRONUNCIATION:

ee-zah-BEL

SIMPLE MEANING:

God is my oath

Characteristics

OF ISABELL

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Isabell

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ISABELL

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Isabell

Popular Songs

ON ISABELL

An introduction for Isabell
a song by Of Montreal

Famous People

NAMED ISABELL

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Children of Famous People

NAMED ISABELL

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ISABELL

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