[ 1 syll. bel-le, be-lle ] The baby girl name Belle is pronounced BehL- †. Belle has its origins in the Germanic, Latin, Italian, and French languages. It is used largely in the English, French, and Spanish languages. French origin, English and French use: The name first developed as a short form of Isabelle or other names ending in '-belle', and it was later promoted by association with the French belle. It is well-known from the beautiful Princess Belle in the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991).
In addition, Belle is a variant of Annabella (English, German, and Italian) in the English language.
Belle is also a contraction of Arabella (English, German, and Italian) in the English and French languages.
Belle is also a diminutive of Belinda (English, German, Italian, and Spanish) in the English, French, and Spanish languages.
Belle is also a variant of Bella in the English and French languages.
Belle is also a contraction of Isabel in the English and French languages.
Belle is also a contraction of Isabelle (English, French, and German) in the English and French languages.
Belle is also a variant of Mirabelle (English, French, and Spanish) in the English and Spanish languages.
Variants of Belle include Bel, Belia (Spanish), Belita, Bell, Belli, and Bellina. Variant forms share both the origin and meaning of Belle. Billie (diminutive in German) is another variant of Belle. See also the related forms, Beau, Crisbell, Idabelle, Lillybelle, Tristabelle, Trixibelle, and Willibelle.
Belle is uncommon as a baby girl name. In 1900, 0.091% of baby girls were given the name Belle. It had a ranking of #181 then. The baby name has seen a substantial drop in popularity since then, and is of only irregular use today. In 2012, within the family of girl names directly linked to Belle, Bella was the most popular.
† Pronunciation for Belle: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
A famous person named Belle is Opera Singer Beverly Sills, born Belle Miriam Silverman May 25, 1929 - July 2, 2007, Brooklyn, New York.