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Quick Facts on Anabella

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 564
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Anabella

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Anabella

Anabella is the fanciful Latinate form of Annabel, a name popularized by the Scots. Most people would assume that Annabel is derived from the coupling of two female names (Anna and Belle) when in fact it actually comes from Amabel, an old Anglo-Norman name which is an Old French variant of the Latin “amabilis” meaning “loveable”. The now-defunct name Amabel eventually morphed into Anabel and Mabel. Annabel became a particular favorite in Scotland and was confined there from the 12th century until very recently. In more modern times An(n)abel(l)(e/a) has enjoyed commonplace usage throughout the English-speaking world. There are several variants of this name depending on spelling preference (e.g., one “N”, “L” or two) or the number of syllables (three or four). The four-syllable Anabella is a more elaborate rendering of this sweet old Scottish lass.

Popularity of the Name Anabella

Annabelle is a name that came roaring back into the American consciousness in the mid-1990s when her revival became self-evident on the charts. Once a name becomes popularized in America, spelling variations are sure to follow. Not surprisingly there are now a total of seven variations of this name (which will no doubt cause spelling confusion). They are, in order of popularity, Annabelle, Annabella, Anabelle, Annabel, Anabella, Annabell and Anabel. The spelling of Annabelle and Annabella are by far the most commonly used (about 65% share of voice) while Anabella is given to less than 10% of the baby Annabelles being born each year. There’s no denying the prettiness factor of this name (especially the four-syllable versions), but wouldn’t life be easier if we could all settle on one or two spellings? We like Annabel best; it’s most true to her Scottish roots (it’s also how Edgar Allen Poe spelled the name in his famous poem “Annabel Lee”). The three-syllable Annabel sounds more spunky and lively, while the four-syllable Anabella is more feminine and girlish.
Popularity of the Girl Name Anabella
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Anabella

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Anabella

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Anabella

    Annabel Lee (Annabel Lee) Annabel Lee is the title character of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1849 poem of the same name, published shortly after his death that very year, and is widely believed to have been based on his wife, Virginia. The subject matter of the poem is one of Poe’s most maudlin and favorite – the death of a beautiful young woman. Annabel was the life love of the narrator from childhood; her union with him resulted in so much happiness that it made the angels envious, and they caused her death. Death is no competition to this young man, however, as his love for Annabel will last until the end of time and they shall be reunited when the time is right. Until that moment comes, however, the poet lies by her side every night “… in her tomb by the sounding sea”. Morbid, perhaps, but also hauntingly beautiful, as is the name, Annabel.

  • Popular Songs on Anabella

    Popular Songs on Anabella

    Anabella - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Anabella.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Anabella

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Anabella

    Anabella and the Potion of Life (Irene Leong) - Vain and selfish, Princess Anabella is consumed with jealousy when her little sister is born. She steals a magic potion from her father, believing it would make her more beautiful and that her parents would then love her more. Alas, she is transformed into a teddy bear instead – a walking, talking teddy bear. Ashamed, Anabella runs away from home, inadvertently stumbling upon the strange people of the Land of Gloom and Doom, and later, the giant bees of a woodland that is out of sync. The remorseful bear somehow gets involved in their woeful afflictions, not realizing her adventures here would turn out to be acts of redemption. But does she regain her fairy princess form or is she doomed to be in the body of a bear forever? A simple yet magical tale, Anabella and the Potion of Life transports our young readers to another place, another time - and like the fairy princess, they may find it a journey of self-discovery like no other. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Book One: Anabella Giggles All Night! (Nev Nickelz) - Anabella Giggles All Night! is a read aloud, daytime, nighttime, bedtime, anytime, modern-day classic. Written in easy-to-read rhyme, it is the perfect book for kids of all ages. In this first book of the Anabella picture book series, Anabella announces her love of laughter and unleashes a long-reaching, unending wave of giggles. When Anabella arrives at school, her teacher attempts to figure out the cause of Anabella’s long-lasting giggles. When her teacher can’t figure it out, she proposes a solution. She asks Anabella to replace her long-lasting giggles with pretty smiles. Anabella does her best to make just a “pretty smile”, but eventually the giggles return! Her giggles span the rest of the day and the entire night. The next morning her mommy goes to wake up what she thinks will be a sleeping Anabella, but instead finds Anabella still giggling and wide awake. In a shout of joy, Anabella confesses that she has giggled all night! But Anabella’s joy is threatened by her mother’s displeasure with the silly Rhompees, who have been playing and laughing with Anabella all night. What will Anabella do? Can she figure out a solution so she and the silly Rhompees can finally go to sleep? Find out what happens in the delightfully cheerful Anabella Giggles All Night! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Book Two: Anabella Giggles All Day! (Nev Nickelz) - Anabella Giggles All Day! is a wonderful book about feelings, friendship, and giggling. Written in easy-to-read rhyme, it is the perfect book for young readers ages 3 to 7. Anabella loves giggling, but when Anabella starts giggling at her bossy best friend, their friendship is challenged. Because her feelings are hurt, Anabella's best friend becomes angry and commands Anabella not to laugh again. What will Anabella do? Can she stop giggling at her best friend? Can they still be best friends? Ultimately, shared all-day giggles lead to the triumph of friendship. Children will learn valuable lessons as they enjoy stunning illustrations, surprising twists, and super fun in Anabella Giggles All Day!, an exciting addition to the I Love Anabella series. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Anabella

    Famous People Named Anabella

    Famous People Named Anabella - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Anabella.

  • Children of Famous People Named Anabella

    Children of Famous People Named Anabella

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Anabella - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Anabella.

  • Historic Figures

    Anabella - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Anabella - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Anabella.

Personality of the Girl Name Anabella

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Anabella

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