Baby Girl Names


Baby Names



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Belle is one of the most classic names that feels royal with a meaning of “beautiful.” It only has positive associations with it being the name of the character from “Beauty and the Beast” and with the leader of any ball being given the nickname. The name can be a shortened form of Isabelle, or it may be a play on the French word that is spelled the same.

Meaning and Origin of the name Belle:

Belle is a precious girl's name of French origin meaning “beautiful.”

The name Belle comes from the French word belle (meaning “beautiful”). Belle is also a nickname for Isabelle.

Symbolism of the name Belle:

Belle means “beautiful,” and Belle is a name that just feels beautiful. It is simple, classic, and royal. Even traditions in the United States have used the name in their own ways such as the phrase “southern belle.”

Nicknames for the name Belle:

Belle is a darling girl's name that is short and sweet. Since it is a short name, there aren't very many options for nicknames. To help you find the right nickname for your precious baby girl, we have put together this list of nicknames for Belle.

  • Bee
  • Elle 
  • Bebe
  • Beauty
  • Bellarina
  • Bellabug
  • Bella 
  • Bellzy

Style of the name Belle:


Gender of the name Belle:

Belle is a beautiful name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Belle:


Number of syllables in the name Belle:


Emotion evoked from the name Belle:

Belle feels pretty, royal, and sophisticated. It is a humble name that does not feel prideful in the beauty, however.

Alternative spellings for the name Belle:

  • Bele
  • Bell

Popularity of the name Belle:

Belle was on the 1,000 list from 1900 to 1934. It was not until 2016 that it came back to the top 1,000 names for girls. In 2020, Belle barely made the list at rank 999 for girls.

Great middle names for Belle and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Belle:

  • Belle Bennett (actress, “Their Own Desire”)
  • Belle Silverman (birth name of opera singer Beverly Silis)
  • Belle Chrystall (actress, “The Edge of the World”)
  • Belle Cole (opera singer)
  • Belle Mitchell (actress, “The War Lord”)
  • Belle Reynolds (Civil War heroine)
  • Belle (main character in “Beauty and the Beast”)
  • Belle Watling (character in “Gone with the Wind”)
  • Belle Moffat (character in “Little Women”)
  • Belle Black (character in “Days of Our Lives”)
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