Can Belle stand on its own?

[name]Do[/name] you think [name]Belle[/name] could stand on its own as a full name? I absolutely adore the name, but any other name where it could be a nn is much too popular for my taste ([name]Isabelle[/name], [name]Annabelle[/name], etc.)

Also, if you do like it, what other middle name could I use? Right now I have [name]Belle[/name] [name]Violet[/name] _____, and would love another middle name.

Thanks in advance for any and all input! :slight_smile:

I’m not really a fan of [name]Belle[/name] on its own (I’ve known way too many dogs named [name]Belle[/name]), but it is very pretty. (Think of Days of Our Lives…though her name was [name]Isabella[/name]).
I really have a hard time finding middle names when the first is only one syllable, but here are some ideas.

[name]Belle[/name] [name]Eleanora[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Margaret[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Angelina[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Ariadne[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Camilia[/name]

Yes! I think [name]Belle[/name] (or [name]Bella[/name]) could stand on its own. I am not very fond of one syllable names, but this one is adorable!

I am horrible at mn’s, I’ve only used family names for the mn of my children, so I wouldn’t be the one to answer that. Sorry!

[name]Belle[/name] has been one of my favorites lately! I love it’s beautiful simplicity. It’s longer in letters than many popular names, look at [name]Emma[/name] and [name]Ava[/name]. I also don’t see anything wrong with being one syllable, nobody seems to question [name]George[/name] and [name]Claire[/name].

What do you think of [name]Belle[/name] [name]Magnolia[/name]? It’s flower name like [name]Violet[/name] but I think it’s more distinctive and has a really pretty feel.

I know a little girl named [name]Bella[/name]. To me, the names [name]Belle[/name] & [name]Bella[/name] don’t really get away from the popularity of -bella names.

I like [name]Belle[/name], but it does sound very ‘Disney’ to me.

Have you considered?

[name]Belia[/name]
[name]Belinda[/name]
[name]Blanca[/name]
[name]Brielle[/name]
[name]Ellen[/name]
[name]Elma[/name]
[name]Carmella[/name]
[name]Chantel[/name]
[name]Hazel[/name]
[name]Jenelle[/name]
[name]Maebelle[/name]
[name]Marybelle[/name]
[name]Nell[/name]/[name]Nelle[/name]
[name]Noelle[/name]
[name]Rosabelle[/name]
[name]Sibell[/name]

I think [name]Belle[/name] has a pretty sound, but as a previous poster mentioned, I can’t seem to get past the Beauty and the Beast connection.

Somehow, [name]Bella[/name], though arguably the a on the end would make it even frillier, feels more dignified and less Disney princess as a formal first name.

[name]Bella[/name] [name]Jane[/name]
[name]Bella[/name] [name]Simone[/name]
[name]Bella[/name] [name]Frances[/name]
[name]Bella[/name] [name]Louise[/name]
[name]Bella[/name] [name]Maeve[/name]
[name]Bella[/name] [name]June[/name]

I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Belle[/name] (and [name]Bella[/name], but [name]Belle[/name] more) on its own, and I think an advantage is that many of the Isabelles etc will go by nns related to the first part of the name. The only thing is that, if you’re worried about popularity, this is very much on its way up (and with [name]Bella[/name] being a Twilight name, I think that will continue). [name]Belle[/name] is still out of the US top 1000, but [name]Bella[/name] has gone up from 749 in 2000 to 122 now - that’s quite a rise! So I think you should be prepared for there to be a lot of Belles just a few years younger than your daughter. I’m not sure it would bother me, but I thought you should know.

I think that [name]Belle[/name] is beautiful, but for some reason, I picture it more as a middle name, such as [name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Belle[/name]. I love [name]Annabelle[/name] and [name]Mirabelle[/name], and now that I think about it, I don’t see any reason why [name]Belle[/name] can’t be used on its own.

Good luck! :slight_smile:

Yes, I think that [name]Belle[/name] can stand on its own! In fact, while I really like [name]Isabelle[/name], [name]Anabelle[/name], [name]Mirabelle[/name]… I really love [name]Belle[/name] all by itself.

Of course, that could also be because it is a family name. My great-great-grandmother was [name]Belle[/name] and she was a fiery redhead that lived to be 103. In fact, I was 6 when she died. Because of her, I have a great association with that name.

On a side note, that particular part of my family has really awesome names. And many are getting pretty popular. [name]Belle[/name] had two children, [name]Lula[/name] and [name]Royce[/name] (g-gpa). [name]Royce[/name] married [name]Ava[/name] (yep, that spelling and she was born before [name]Ava[/name] [name]Gardner[/name]) whose mother was [name]Josephine[/name] (nn [name]Josie[/name]).

If you like [name]Belle[/name], then go with [name]Belle[/name]. My only adivce would be that if you have a one syllable last name that it may not be the best choice. Also, you would probably want to go with a longer mn.

I am usually a no-goer for giving nns as names but … [name]Belle[/name] is the one I think can do it, especially right now, with the absolute explosion in [name]Isabelle/names, [name]Annabel/names, etc., etc., etc.

We have a 9yr old [name]Belle[/name] and I guarantee this is a stand alone name. Gorgeous.

it did in Beauty and the Beast, lol!

I like the name belle. My sister is 21 and has been called [name]Belle[/name] much of her life even though her given name is [name]Michelle[/name]. I dont like the flow or [name]Belle[/name] violet. Floral middles with a uber girly name like [name]Belle[/name] is a no go.

I think [name]Belle[/name] can stand alone because it has a meaning in its own right - “beautiful”, of course - and doesn’t necessarily belong to any other name as a nn.
There’s a gorgeous old rose called [name]Belle[/name] Poitevin - I always think it sounds like a person’s name, and I think [name]Belle[/name]'s lovely.
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Clarice[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Georgina[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Iris[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Julia[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Juliette[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Katherine[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Louise[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Miranda[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Mireille[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Norina[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Rosalie[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Rosamond[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Sylvie[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Teresa[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Venetia[/name]
[name]Belle[/name] [name]Virginia[/name]