Annabel Name Meaning & Origin

Annabel

Pronunciation: A-nə-behl (key)

Origin of the name Annabelle:

A name of uncertain etymology which has been in common use in Scotland since the 12th century. Some believe it to be an old Norman name derived from the element arn (eagle) or arin (a hearth). Others think it is a variant of Amabel, an old French name derived from the Latin amābilis (lovable) or from the Gaelic Ainè (joy). Its use in the English-speaking world was reinforced by the names Anna and Belle and is often taken as a combination of such. Alternatively, Annabel has been used to Anglicize Barabel, the Gaelic form of Barbara (foreign woman).

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Comments and insights on the name Annabel: | Edit

Reminds me of the beautiful, but sad, Poe poem 'Annabel Lee'.

Sarah, Duchess of York, wanted to name her first daughter with Prince Andrew "Annabel", but Queen Elizabeth would not agree, deeming it "too Yuppie". The baby was named Beatrice.

Annabel is shortbread, while Annabelle is more chocolate eclairs.

Sweet and slightly quirky.

Personal experiences with the name Annabel: | Edit

We chose Annabel for our little girl for its sweetness without the extra frill of Annabelle.

Nicknames for Annabel: | Edit

Ann, Annie, Anna, Belle, Bella, Nabel,Annabella, Bela, Annie-Mc-Nannie

Meanings and history of the name Annabel: | Edit

It either means "graceful beauty" if you take its root from the French names Anna and Belle, or "loveable" if you take it from the Celtic root "Amabel".

Famous real-life people named Annabel: | Edit

Actress Lynn Redgrave's younger daughter is named Annabel Lucy.
Annabel Lee from Edger Allen Poe's poem
Annabel Astor (b.1948)-English socialite and mother-in-law of British prime minister David Cameron

Annabel in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Annabel," a song by Don Henley
"Annabel Lee," a poem by Edgar Allen Poe
"Annabel," a song by Alesana
"Annabel," a song by Nat King Cole
Annabel was the name of the main character in the original 1976 version of Freaky Friday staring Jodie Foster
Annabel was the name of Joe Fox's eleven year old aunt in the 1998 romantic comedy You've Got Mail staring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Annabel was the main character's name in Sarah Dessen's novel "Just Listen"

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