Belle Name Meaning & Origin

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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Nicknames for Belle

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

Meanings and history of the name Belle

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

Belle Boyd, Confederate spy
Belle Starr, Female Jessie James

Belle in song, story & screen

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
Tinkerbelle 'Belle' Dingle, fictional character from British soap opera Emmerdale

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