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Isabel Name Meaning

French Spanish Portuguese and English (of French origin): from the Old French female personal name Isabel which is first recorded in late 11th-century Paris and Maine (France). It was an alternative form of Elizabeth Old French Elisabet which had a shortened pet form Isabet. Isabel appears to have originated as a variant of Isabet in which the suffix -el was substituted for -et through re-interpretation of -et as a hypocoristic diminutive. The resultant -bel was early associated with Old French bel ‘fair beautiful’ as is evident in the French variant Isabeau. From France the name was taken to England where it achieved considerable popularity in the late medieval period as an independent personal name alongside its rarer doublet Elizabeth. In the form Isabel it also appears in Spain and Portugal while in Italy it took the form Isabella . The French surnames Isabel and Isabelle are particularly associated with Normandy.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Isabell, Isabella, Isbell, Sales, Isabelle, Babel, Sabet, Sabel

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You can see how Isabel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Isabel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Isabel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 161 Isabel families living in Quebec. This was about 89% of all the recorded Isabel's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Isabel families in 1911.
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What did your Isabel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Isabel. 46% of Isabel men worked as a Cultivateur. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Farmer
  • Fils Cultivateur
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Isabel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 650 military records available for the last name Isabel. For the veterans among your Isabel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Isabel lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Isabel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Isabel in 1959 was 45, and 87 in 2004.

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