Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Isabelle

Isabelle is the Modern French form of Isabel, a name that originated as a medieval Provençal form of Elizabeth (originally used among the French, Spanish and Portuguese in the Middle Ages). France would later introduce the name to the Anglo-Saxons following the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name was further popularized owing to the fame of several women bearing this name; for instance, in the early 13th century by way of Isabella of Angoulême, a young French noblewoman who was betrothed to King John of England in 1200. Another namesake was Isabella of France (daughter of King Philip IV of France). As a girl of twelve, this Isabella was also sent to England to marry King Edward II (whom she would eventually have deposed and murdered). 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 below 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, Isabelle and Isabella were largely popularized by European royalty in the Middle Ages. The name's root origin "Elisheba", which means "God is my oath" or "God's promise," first appears in the Bible's Book of Exodus, borne by the wife of Aaron (the older brother of Moses and a prophet in his own right). Separately, another important Elizabeth in Judeo-Christian tradition appears in the New Testament (herself a descendant of Aaron) as the mother of John the Baptist. Through centuries of movement through various geographies, cultures and languages, Isabelle is yet another derivation of Elisheba. Today, the name Isabelle is quite popular among North Americans and Europeans alike. Diminutives include Isa, Belle and Izzy.

All About the Baby Name – Isabelle

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ISABELLE

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ISABELLE

Isabelle is not as popular as Isabella (the Latinate form of this name), but she has nonetheless shadowed her sister’s success. It should be interesting to note that Isabelle was actually more popular than Isabella at the turn of the 20th century. Today, American parents prefer the fancier, four-syllable Isabella to Isabelle, but it’s really a matter of preference. Isabelle is distinctly more French, while Isabella is more Italian and Spanish. Isabelle is the quicker, three-syllable version, while Isabella (with the “-ah”) sound is quite a bit more flowery.

Quick Facts

ON ISABELLE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

French

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

115

PRONUNCIATION:

iz-ah-BEHL

SIMPLE MEANING:

God is my oath, devoted to God, God’s promise

Characteristics

OF ISABELLE

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Isabelle

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ISABELLE

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

Popular Songs

ON ISABELLE

Isabelle
a song by The Blue Dogs

Famous People

NAMED ISABELLE

Isabelle Adjani (French actress)
Isabelle Huppert (French actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ISABELLE

Lance Armstrong;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ISABELLE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Isabelle