Belle: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Belle

Belle

Pronunciation: BEHL (key)

Origin of the name Belle:

Derived from the Latin bella (beautiful). The name is also used as a short form of any of the names containing the element bella.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Belle: | Edit

Belle is a nice traditional American girl's name. Belle conjures up images of the 13 colonies, liberty, freedom, and youthfulness. It's a simple name but unforgettable.

Belle sounds like an early 20th century Hollywood starlet's name.

Belle makes me think of the Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast."

Such a pretty name. Great alternate to all the popular "bel" names (Isabella, Bella, Annabelle, Isabelle, Annabella)

Personal experiences with the name Belle: | Edit

My gorgeous baby daughter's name is Belle.

My name is Belle Charlotte! I love my name so much. Everyone who meets me at first remembers my name and remembers me because of it. I think the name Belle is both classy and unique for children, teens, and adults alike. I would definitely encourage anyone considering this name to use it. The only negative to the name Belle Charlotte is sometimes people try to call me Belle or Bella or think my name is Isabel.

Our beautiful 13 month old daughter's middle name is Belle but we call her by her first and middle name much of the time. Our older daughter (age 6.5) chose the name Belle for her, which makes it that much more special to us. We have never met anyone else with the name Belle.

My Grandmother, born in the 1910's was named Belle, but even as a teenager, decided to be called Billie!

Nicknames for Belle: | Edit

Bel, Bell, Bella, Ell, El, Elle, Ella, Nel, Nell, Nella, Bells, Billie

Meanings and history of the name Belle: | Edit

Southern belle, a refined woman from the southern United States (from the French belle, "beautiful").
Can be short for Isabel, Isabella, Isobelle, Arabella, Maybelle, Belinda, or any name containing the -bel element.

Famous real-life people named Belle: | Edit

Belle Boyd, Confederate spy
Belle Starr, Female Jessie James

Belle in song, story & screen: | Edit

Princess Belle, heroine of Beauty and the Beast
Scottish indie-rock band, Belle and Sebastian
Belle Watling, madam and sometime mistress of Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind
Memphis Belle (B-17), a World War II bomber, Movie by the same name
Belle is a character in the Peanuts comic strip
Belle et Sébastien, a French children's story
Belle, a 1977 song written by Al Green, Fred Jordan and Reuben Fairfax, Jr.
Isabelle "Belle" Dupree, character on the '70s-'80s sitcom Alice played by Diane Ladd

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