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Elizabeth or Isabelle?

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Ellen35 Thu 19-Nov-20 16:11:24

Which do you prefer?

Thank you in advance!

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LemonsYellow Thu 19-Nov-20 16:13:42

Isabel or Isobel are both really nice. Isabelle is silly, unless you are French.

moonlight1705 Thu 19-Nov-20 16:21:14

Elizabeth as I am biased since it is my DD's name smile

Zolaanna Thu 19-Nov-20 16:34:49

Isabelle but a million miles. Elizabeth is a god awful ugly name.

Chilldonaldchill Thu 19-Nov-20 16:50:48

I really like them both but I would go for Elizabeth based on the fact that it's less popular, has an obvious spelling and has lots of nickname options.

PabloHoneyBee Thu 19-Nov-20 17:01:00

Elizabeth, but I like both! Elizabeth is probably more common across all age groups. I know Elizabeths ranging from a 2 year old to Her Maj, who is obviously in her 90s.

Isabelle / Isabel / Isobel / Isabella there have been a lot of over the past 10 years or so, whereas it wasn't quite so common in my age group (80s baby). I knew one at university and always likes it, but she was the only one I knew. Wonder if it used to be more upper class? She certainly was very upper middle class. It's mainstream now I think and doesn't really have a class imo.

PurBal Thu 19-Nov-20 17:07:33


Ilovesugar Thu 19-Nov-20 17:10:38

Elizabeth and you can nick name Beth / Lizzie etc depends if you like them

For some reason I can’t stand Izzy which a lot of Isabels get shorten to

Stokey Thu 19-Nov-20 17:15:54

Elizabeth but you may want to think about what short forms you'd like as it will inevitably be shortened. I love Beth & Eliza personally

cptartapp Thu 19-Nov-20 17:18:10


florascotia2 Thu 19-Nov-20 17:50:22

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florascotia2 Thu 19-Nov-20 17:53:13

They are both the same names, in different forms.
I prefer Elizabeth.

lockdownconfused Thu 19-Nov-20 17:54:27

I have one of each! Love the names

Pemba Thu 19-Nov-20 17:57:13

I would pick Isabel or Isobel, which are lovely, as is Isabella. Isabelle is a bit frilly (unless you're French).

Elizabeth is nice though, and very classic of course.

Parker231 Thu 19-Nov-20 18:00:49

DD and I both have Elisabeth as a middle name - one of my favourites.

MikeUniformMike Thu 19-Nov-20 18:08:29

Elizabeth. Isabel(le)s and Isabellas are everywhere and get called Izzy, which I don't like.

Nell96 Thu 19-Nov-20 18:08:36

I prefer Isabel or Isobel - I agree with pp - Isabelle feels a bit frilly. Elizabeth is fine - classic name, but a little dull. Like the nn Beth though. It's also not as popular as Isabelle etc. at the moment.

IamnotwhouthinkIam Thu 19-Nov-20 18:09:30

If you like both equally, go for Elizabeth - it's the ultimate classic name, could suit anyone, and gives her the widest choice of nicknames if she wants one or doesn't like the full name as she grows older.

Isabel is very pretty (the original spelling, I think Isabelle looks overdone unless you have French heritage). The major problem with this name apart from popularity is the variety of spellings (there's also Isobel, as well as all the Isabella's). She would often be correcting people I think.

Oneandabean Thu 19-Nov-20 18:09:34

Isabelle with that spelling but then I’m biased.

Starsandglitter Thu 19-Nov-20 19:08:50

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emilybrontescorsett Sat 21-Nov-20 06:26:53

Both are beautiful names.

MsTSwift Sat 21-Nov-20 06:28:42

Isabel names are lovely but sooo common now most classes have an Izzy. Think Lizzie would be quite refreshing

diddlediddle Sat 21-Nov-20 07:13:50

Isabelle is just so common and dull now unfortunately. I don't much care for Elizabeth but at least it would be more interesting...

FippertyGibbett Sat 21-Nov-20 07:15:38

I like both but Isabelle is prettier.

BatleyTownswomensGuild Sat 21-Nov-20 08:26:24

Elizabeth - because there are SO many little girls called Isabelle/ Isabel /Isobel / Issy/ Belle etc

Elizabeth is lovely and gives lots of different nn options Libby, Eliza, Lizzie, Beth, Betty etc.

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