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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Belle
A young lady of superior beauty and attractions; a handsome lady, or one who attracts notice in society; a fair lady.

Etymology: F. belle, fem. of bel beau, beautiful, fine. See Beau

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals ("she was the belle of the ball")
Wiktionary

From French belle (“Beauty, Beautiful”), from Latin bella.

  1. A female given name

Diminutive of Isabelle and Annabelle.

  1. A female given name.

    Notable Persons Named Belle

    Belle was given the name Miriam Weeks on June 9th, 1995.

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    Belle is a peasant and princess.

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    Belle Gunness is a criminal. Belle is also known as Hell's Belle.

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    Belle was given the name Myra Maybelle Shirley on February 5th, 1848 in Carthage, Missouri. She breathed her last breath on February 3rd, 1889.

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    Belle Gibson is a blogger, health food entrepreneur, and social media entrepreneur. Belle was given the name Annabelle Natalie Gibson in 1991. Belle is also known as Gibson and Annabelle Natalie.

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    Belle Dingle is a soap character.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Belle

    Lexi was born on August 5th, 1987 in Independence, Louisiana.

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    Camilla Belle is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1993. Camilla was given the name Camilla Belle Routh on October 2nd, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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    Belle is a peasant and princess.

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    Dido Elizabeth Belle was an heiress. Dido was born as the child of John Lindsay (Royal Navy officer) in 1761. She left this life in 1804.

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    David Belle is a traceur, actor, choreography, and choreographer. David was born as the child of Parkour on April 29th, 1973 in Fécamp, France.

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    Albert Belle is a baseball player. Albert was born on August 25th, 1966 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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    How popular is the baby name Belle in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 238 238 0 #90 girl name
    1881 219 219 0 #97 girl name
    1882 264 264 0 #98 girl name
    1883 262 262 0 #97 girl name
    1884 286 286 0 #100 girl name
    1885 255 255 0
    1886 270 270 0
    1887 272 272 0
    1888 317 317 0
    1889 265 265 0
    1890 304 304 0
    1891 240 240 0
    1892 265 265 0
    1893 284 284 0
    1894 249 249 0
    1895 283 283 0
    1896 238 238 0
    1897 212 212 0
    1898 257 257 0
    1899 180 180 0
    1900 291 291 0
    1901 208 208 0
    1902 212 212 0
    1903 200 200 0
    1904 205 205 0
    1905 205 205 0
    1906 191 191 0
    1907 196 196 0
    1908 187 187 0
    1909 201 201 0
    1910 193 193 0
    1911 211 211 0
    1912 279 279 0
    1913 273 273 0
    1914 353 353 0
    1915 407 407 0
    1916 334 334 0
    1917 314 314 0
    1918 285 285 0
    1919 252 252 0
    1920 235 235 0
    1921 219 219 0
    1922 187 187 0
    1923 177 177 0
    1924 162 162 0
    1925 140 140 0
    1926 117 117 0
    1927 120 120 0
    1928 93 93 0
    1929 96 96 0
    1930 82 82 0
    1931 62 62 0
    1932 67 67 0
    1933 55 55 0
    1934 50 50 0
    1935 47 47 0
    1936 42 42 0
    1937 46 46 0
    1938 44 44 0
    1939 42 42 0
    1940 32 32 0
    1941 45 45 0
    1942 45 45 0
    1943 51 51 0
    1944 25 25 0
    1945 40 40 0
    1946 42 42 0
    1947 46 46 0
    1948 47 47 0
    1949 56 56 0
    1950 39 39 0
    1951 50 50 0
    1952 45 45 0
    1953 48 48 0
    1954 42 42 0
    1955 31 31 0
    1956 30 30 0
    1957 41 41 0
    1958 39 39 0
    1959 33 33 0
    1960 35 35 0
    1961 33 33 0
    1962 30 30 0
    1963 28 28 0
    1964 33 33 0
    1965 24 24 0
    1966 18 18 0
    1967 16 16 0
    1968 18 18 0
    1969 26 26 0
    1970 22 22 0
    1971 16 16 0
    1972 18 18 0
    1973 17 17 0
    1974 21 21 0
    1975 15 15 0
    1976 12 12 0
    1977 15 15 0
    1978 14 14 0
    1979 21 21 0
    1980 11 11 0
    1981 13 13 0
    1982 15 15 0
    1983 18 18 0
    1984 13 13 0
    1985 9 9 0
    1986 6 6 0
    1987 12 12 0
    1988 6 6 0
    1989 9 9 0
    1990 13 13 0
    1991 8 8 0
    1992 19 19 0
    1993 35 35 0
    1994 41 41 0
    1995 35 35 0
    1996 55 55 0
    1997 62 62 0
    1998 68 68 0
    1999 56 56 0
    2000 74 74 0
    2001 108 108 0
    2002 113 113 0
    2003 107 107 0
    2004 147 147 0
    2005 152 152 0
    2006 146 146 0
    2007 143 143 0
    2008 170 170 0
    2009 135 135 0
    2010 155 155 0
    2011 141 141 0
    2012 162 162 0
    2013 189 189 0
    2014 251 251 0
    2015 250 250 0
    2016 293 293 0
    2017 335 335 0

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    Popularity of Belle as a first name

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    Popularity of Belle as a last name

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    Common last names for Belle

    • Smith
    • Brown
    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Williams
    • Davis
    • Cohen
    • Jones
    • Harris
    • Martin
    • Anderson
    • Taylor
    • Thompson
    • Clark
    • Jackson
    • Lewis
    • Moore
    • White
    • Thomas

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Belle U.S.
      White 31.82% 64.26%
      African American 60.13% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.94% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.34% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.37% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Belle

    People with the last name Belle are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Belle

    • What name lists does Belle rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Belle? Belle is the 1,829th most popular name of all time. As a last name Belle was the 7,796th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Belle have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17,074 babies born with the first name Belle in the United States. That's more than enough people named Belle to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Belle? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 238 new born babies.
    • When was Belle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Belle is Monday, October 24th, 1825.
    • What year had the most people named Belle born? The highest recorded use of the first name Belle was in 1915 with a total of 407 babies.
    • Random Belle Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Belle is not a popular baby girl's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 22 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1918.
    • Weird things about the name Belle: Your name in reverse order is Elleb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Belel. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Belle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,246 people with the last name Belle.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Belle? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Belle as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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