a female given name.

Also Is·a·belle, Is·a·bel·la [iz-uh-bel-uh] /ˌɪz əˈbɛl ə/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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fem. proper name, a form of Elizabeth that seems to have developed in Provence. A popular name in Middle Ages; pet forms included Ibb, Libbe, Nibb, Tibb, Bibby, and Ellice. The Spanish form was Isabella, which is attested as a color name ("greyish-yellow") from 1600; the Isabella who gave her name to it has not been identified. Related: Isabelline.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper