A few names to choose from

I am still having a hard time with making the final decision! I'll give you a few names that I am considering now, really need opinions on them. Here we go:


- Isabella/Isabel

- Annabel

Which one of these? I kind of grew into Agatha, but again not sure...

And one general question - do you think it's ok to have sisters/siblings-Elizabeth and Isabella/Isabel?! 

Just want honest replies that's why I'll refrain from my own comments. 


Thank you.


October 15, 2018 6:03 PM

Hi and congratulations 

I would say Isabella definitely, this name is so cute and you have few nicknames for this name. 

sorry but I don't like Agatha and Annabel, but if I have to choose between these two, I would choose Annabel. 

For me, it is definitely fine and ok to have Elizabeth and Isabella/Isabel. This combination is very familiar to me because my cousin has daughter named Isabella and Elizabeth, they called them Bella and Lisa most of the time.

Is this your first child? I am new here so I don't know. Did you choose her middle name? 

October 15, 2018 8:25 PM

Isabel/Isabella or Annabel are lovely names. Neither would surprise me at all on a girl born today. Agatha feels completely different - I don't dislike it, but it's a lot heavier and more serious than the -bel/la names which are pretty and romantic. So it really depends what image you want fotr your daughter.


I've heard of lots of Elizabeth/Isabella sisters. It's not as bad as, say, Jane and Jean, but they are just different versions of the same name, and to many people that will be their only thought. Elizabeth and Annabel would be fine though.

October 15, 2018 8:33 PM

I like Agatha!  It's cute and spunky.


Honestly, I think of the three though, Isabella goes the best with Elizabeth.

October 16, 2018 1:57 AM

I think Elizabeth and Isabel/Isabella as sisters is fine

I would pick them in this order Isabella, Isabel, Annabel - sorry dont like Agatha and to me it doesnt go well with Elizabeth

October 16, 2018 2:37 PM

I know brothers named Jacob and James, which is the masculine version of Elizabeth & Isabella: different evolutionary paths of the same name. It has taken immense effort (and much complaint out of earshot) not to ask their parents whether they're aware that they gave both of their boys the same name. (I believe the answer would be "no, we had no idea.")

If Isabella were the one and only name you and your partner-in-naming could possibly agree on, then you could just own the commonality ("meet our daughters, New York, New York, oops, sorry, I mean Elizabeth and Isabella"), but with lots of other lovely options on the table, I recommend choosing something else.

My personal favorite from the current list is Agatha, but my eight-year-old daughter would absolutely choose Annabel. (In fact, she has done so, for various gaming avatars and toys.)

October 16, 2018 3:22 PM

I love the name Agatha and keep hoping that it will make a comeback with Agnes.  Aggie is a spunky nickname and fits in with all the Maggies and Maddies and Addies floating around.

October 17, 2018 1:54 AM

Thanks everyone!! Very helpful. 

Just a few more questions if you don't mind..

are Isabel and Elizabeth essentially the same name? Will it help somehow if we use Isabel instead of Isabella?!

which form do you prefer in general - Isabel, Isabelle, Isabella? Which one is the most popular? 

October 17, 2018 2:21 AM

That are stemmed from the same name, but 99% of people wont know that and they are both nice names.  I think its nice to share the same meaning

I like Isabella better,  I think the Isabel/Isabelle/Isobel is more popular and you would have more spelling issues

October 17, 2018 7:43 PM

"Same name" is a fuzzy concept; nowadays, two names can sound identical and yet be considered emphatically different by their bearers, based on the specific spelling. (I'm thinking things like Debbie versus Debby.) By the criterion of interchangeability, it has been many centuries since Isabella and Elizabeth were the same name, but nothing will change the fact that they're the endpoints of different evolutionary paths starting from the same place, namely the Hebrew name Elisheba.

Isabella is by far the most common form in the U.S. currently; it was given to nearly five times as many baby girls last year as the next most common form, Isabelle. (It's not quite as overwhelmingly "standard" as Elizabeth versus Elisabeth, however: the 'z' spelling is about 25 times more common than the 's' spelling.)

October 17, 2018 5:30 AM

Most people won't know that Isabel/Isabella and Elizabeth are derived from the same name as they don't sound at all alike.  It would personally bother me so I wouldn't do it, and I probably wouldn't say anything to the parents unless they were very good friends. Agree with previous poster that if it's the only name you love then go for it but if there are others in the mix I'd take into account the shared origin.

My favourite is Agatha. I adore that name and I think it actually goes quite well with Elizabeth. It is by far the least popular of your options. I know a lot of Annabel/Annabelle Isabel/Isabellas.  Both are lovely names but mus more on trend.  Annabel would be my second choice and also goes well with Elizabeth.

October 21, 2018 3:56 PM

I like Agatha, followed by Annabel. I have a bit of Isabella fatigue, but it's a pretty name.

As a name person, it would definitely cross my mind that Elizabeth and Isabel are technically the same name, but it would not particularly bother me. As HNG says above, "same name" is quite a nebulous concept. Where I live, for example, there are plenty of people who would not be pleased if you told them their name was interchangeable with one in the other dominant language, for example.

October 23, 2018 2:48 AM

If you read newspapers or royal gossip in Spanish you will see that Reina Isabel II is how Queen Elizabeth is referred to. It’s not an academic equivalence like James and Jacob. It is an active translation being used still. Assuming your kids grow up in a less-monolingual environment and take a foreign language at some point, I imagine that Elizabeth wouldn’t be thrilled to find that her name in Spanish is in fact her sister’s name. Total dealbreaker for me. I have seen this sibling pairing in the wild, but it made me think the parents were... uncosmopolitan to say the least, and (if they are American) willfully ignorant of other languages being spoken in their country.

October 23, 2018 1:41 PM

If there were a current monarch named James, it would be the same story: he'd be called Jacob (or some local variant thereof) in any language that doesn't have the -m- variant of the name, such as German or Dutch. (Or Hungarian. I think this is why the sibling pairing really, really does not work for me. Jacob = Jakab. James = Jakab. It really is exactly the same name twice.)

October 23, 2018 4:08 PM

Maybe, but even living in a Spanish speaking environment, I don't find that I equate the names, except when the Queen is mentioned (and she'll be out of the picture in a few years anyway). I think this pairing really depends on how you sell it. It could be sweet in a matchy way to have the "same" name.

For the most part, it is only monarchs who get translated. If you read an article about Elizabeth Warren in Spanish, she wouldn't be Isabel Warren.