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Quick Facts on Isabelle

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 115
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

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Girl Name Isabelle
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Isabelle

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Isabelle

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Isabelle

    Isabelle We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Isabelle (see Isabella).

  • Popular Songs on Isabelle

    Popular Songs on Isabelle

    Isabelle - a song by The Blue Dogs

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Isabelle

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Isabelle

    Isabelle and the Angel (Thierry Magnier) - Isabelle is lonesome and bored. When she's not painting with pink cake and strawberry jam, she goes to the Museum where she gazes at her favorite painting—the one of the little Angel. Isabelle is smitten. And when the object of her affection comes to life one day, she discovers what it is she's been longing for all along. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Isabelle the Ice Dance Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Dance Fairies' magic ribbons are missing! Without them, all kinds of dances are getting off on the wrong foot. Everyone is miserable, except for Jack Frost and his goblins. They have the ribbons…and it's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get them back! It's a slippery situation when Isabelle the Ice Dance Fairy's ribbon disappears! Can Rachel and Kirsty skate their way to victory and find the final ribbon? Find the magic ribbon in each book, and help keep the Dance Fairies on their toes! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Isabelle's Boyfriend (Caroline Hickey) - Taryn has fallen in love with Epp. The only problem is that her friend from kindergarten, Isabelle, happens to be his current girlfriend. Isabelle is beautiful, book smart, athletic, and all around hard to compete with—but Taryn decides to give it a try. When things go awry, readers won't be able to help feeling sympathy for the protagonist. Subplots include friendships, growing pains, and divorced parents who share custody. Recommended for ages 13+

    Isabelle's Perfect Performance (Alexandra Moss) - Ellie Brown is so excited to be returning to The Royal Ballet Lower School for her second term. She can’t wait until classes start—she and her fellow classmates are finally learning to dance on pointe! But a new girl, Isabelle Armand, throws everyone off. Isabelle is from France and believes that the French way is the only way—when it comes to clothing, food…and especially ballet. Isabelle is a flawless dancer, but she’s terribly unfriendly. How can Ellie and her friends warm to Isabelle when she keeps giving everyone the cold shoulder? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    My Friend Isabelle (Eliza Woloson) - My Friend Isabelle is a wonderful little book that teaches about difference and acceptance with simplicity and grace. Isabelle and Charlie are friends. They are the same age, but like most friends, they are different: Charlie is tall and knows "a lot of words," and Isabelle is short and sometimes her words are, "hard to understand." The sweet simplicity of their relationship is a reminder to everyone that "differences are what make the world so great." Young readers will love the bold illustrations and simple text, and parents will appreciate the message and the sensitivity with which it is delivered. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Isabelle

    Famous People Named Isabelle

    Famous People Named Isabelle - Isabelle Adjani (French actress); Isabelle Huppert (French actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Isabelle

    Children of Famous People Named Isabelle

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Isabelle - Jeff Bridges (actor); Marlee Matlin (actress); Michael Bolton (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Isabelle - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) - One of the darlings of the Italian Renaissance, Isabella d'Este was one remarkable lady. Above all, she was highly intelligent and very well-educated for her times. She loved books and devoured the classics in Latin and Greek. She was also a major patron of the arts during the times of Raphael, Michelangelo and da Vinci. Eventually she married the Marquis of Mantua and bore him eight children. During the time her husband was taken prisoner, she took command of Mantua and adroitly fended off invasions. Her success humiliated her husband who lamented his shame at having as a wife "a woman who is always ruled by her head." Ironically, she is most remembered for her style and fashion, but this feisty woman contributed a whole lot more!

    Isabella of Angoulême (c. 1188-1246) - Isabella was born into the world of nobility as the daughter of the Count of Angoulême (a region in the medieval kingdom of Aquitaine in southwest France). She had originally been betrothed to some other important French count until King John of England came a’callin’. Isabella was sent to England to marry King John at the tender age of 12, much to the chagrin of the King of France (Philip II). Isabella of Angoulême was actually King John’s second wife, his first being Isabel of Gloucester (which was annulled on the grounds of consanguinity which means, as second cousins, they were too close ancestrally to be married. The Pope only agreed to the union provided the couple never engage in sexual relations). Um, ok, so we understand that annulment. Well, John, who was now King, hit the jackpot when he snagged Isabella of Angoulême out of France. She was already well-known for her great beauty and John was apparently whipped. Isabella was also quite fertile and produced five children in all with King John (her first son would later become King Henry III of England). Her reign as queen consort was a turbulent one; under King John, England lost its duchy of Normandy and there were on-going squabbles with the English nobles, the French and the Pope. In the end, John was forced to sign the Magna Carta limiting the powers of the monarchy. He died shortly thereafter of dysentery in 1216. Queen consort Isabella, then about 28 years old, first secured the throne for her nine-year-old son Henry, established his regency, and then returned to France to tend to her own inheritance. She remarried a French count and produced another nine children, remaining in France. Her position as Countess in France wasn’t as high-flying as Queen dowager of England which bothered the vain Isabella (especially after being publically snubbed by the Queen dowager of France, mother to the then King Louis IX’s mother). Deeply insulted, Isabella embarked upon revenge, going as far as amassing other disgruntled French nobles and attempting to take out Louis IX. This plan was ultimately botched, and Isabella escaped to England where she was hidden in an Abbey until her death. Disgraced, her nine children in France jumped the channel to England where they mingled with their other half-siblings in the court of Henry III.

    Isabella of France (1295-1358) - Isabella of France was the daughter of Philip IV, King of France. She was considered beautiful and intelligent with a great degree of charm and diplomacy. Isabella was married off to Edward II, King of England and became his queen consort in the early 14th century. Her life was turbulent in England where she spent many years jockeying for political power and support. She eventually had her husband murdered, and ruled as regent until her son, Edward III, asserted his own power. She lived out the rest of her life in wealth and style. However, she is always remembered as a "femme fatale" as she manipulated her husband throughout his reign.

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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Isabelle

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