When considering what we’d name our child, I wanted a name that was simple to pronounce and spell. Our last name gets butchered easily so I wanted our child to have an easy time with their first time. We fell in love with the name Isabel but worried about her name being misspelled. Or even worse, her being called Isabella. In recent years, Isabella has been much more popular than the name Isabel so this mix up seems likely to happen.
Did you know that Isabel is the original spelling of the name? Isabel is the Spanish variant of the name Elizabeth. Isabel and Elizabeth both mean “God is my oath” or “my God is abundance”. The spelling Isabelle is the French version of Isabel, and Isobel is the Scottish spelling of the name.
While Isabel or Isabelle or Isobel are all perfectly acceptable spelling options of this classic name, keep in mind that your child will likely have to spell out her name to others. But these days, with all the random spellings of names, most people have to do that anyways. Isabel, spelled whichever way, is a beautiful, timeless name. Move on over Isabella, Isabel is coming to a school near you.