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Quick Facts on Annabel

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 480
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Annabel

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Annabel

Most people would assume that the name Annabel is a pairing of the names Anna and Belle, but they’d be wrong. Annabel is actually a Scottish lass name, derived from an old Anglo-Norman female given name, Amabel. Amabel is an Old French variation of the Latin “amabilis” meaning “loveable”. Although Amabel is now obsolete, she birthed the names Anabel and Mabel before becoming extinct herself. Annabel became a particular favorite in Scotland and was generally confined there from the 12th century until the 19th century before enjoying more widespread usage among English speakers outside of the Scottish borders. One particularly famous Scottish name bearer was Anabella Drummond (c. 1350-1401) who was a medieval Queen Consort of Scotland having been married to King Robert III of Scotland. Her youngest son also became King James I of Scotland after his father’s death. In fact, Anabella Drummond was the great-great-great-great grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots. Today, it’s a commonplace name throughout the English-speaking world and has produced several spelling variations over time. The current most popular spelling in the United States is the fanciful Annabelle followed by Annabella. Annabel is the spelling most preferred by appreciators of literature since this was the spelling used by Edgar Allen Poe’s haunting heroine in the very famous poem, “Annabel Lee” (1849).

Popularity of the Name Annabel

This particular spelling of the “Annabel” names is currently the 4th most common in the United States, but it’s also the most classical in our opinion. The fancy-pants and elaborate spellings of Annabelle and Annabella are ruling the ranks today, but there’s something more refined about Annabel. Annabel dates back to the late 19th century in America. At the turn of the 20th century the name was used only lightly. Annabel then disappeared from the charts for almost 70 consecutive years (1933-1999) before returning this new century in the year 2000. Annabel’s revival is probably owed to one of the latest trends in American naming practices; that is, the appeal of old-fashioned female names loaded with antique charm. Annabel has now reached levels of respectable moderation on the charts, but when you take all the seven spelling variations of this name collectively, it’s bestowed upon over 6,000 baby girls annually. That puts Annabel on par with names like Amelia and Charlotte. Annabel is a great all-around choice. Her “loveable” etymology, her Scottish heritage, her femininity, and her charming connection to Poe’s “Annabel Lee” make her an attractive selection to many discerning parents.
Popularity of the Girl Name Annabel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Annabel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Annabel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Annabel

    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.

    Annabel Williams (Annabel: A Novel for Young Folk) Annabel Williams is the title character in L. Frank Baum’s juvenile novel of 1906, Annabel: A Novel for Young Folk. The famous writer of the Oz series published it under the pseudonym of Suzanne Metcalf. Annabel is an heiress who falls in love with Will Carden (the real lead character), a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Will pursues a Horatio Alger-type path of hard work from rags to riches, while the beautiful and honorable Annabel stands beside him. Will has one great advantage in addition to his sterling character and Annabel’s loyalty – his father is really rich, and a twisty plot that bumps into international spy rings will reveal that convenient truth. Oh, well, we are sure that young Annabel would have been the doting young champion of Will even if he really were only a “vegetable boy”. Miss “Suzanne Metcalf, alas, brought us no more such stories.

  • Popular Songs on Annabel

    Popular Songs on Annabel

    Annabel - a song by Don Henley

    Annabel Lee - a song by Joan Baez

    Beautiful Annabel Lee - a song by Waylon Jennings

    Farewell to Annabel - a song by Gordon Lightfoot

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Annabel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Annabel

    Annabel (L. Frank Baum) - A brand-new "Centennial Edition" of one of L. Frank Baum's rarest works! Originally published in 1906 this L. Frank Baum novel has been beautifully redesigned. ANNABEL features all of the illustrations from both the rare first and second printings as well as handsome decorations by cartoonist Eric Shanower! Only the hand of fate can determine what will happen as two young people face their destinies in L. Frank Baum’s very first young adult novel ANNABEL. Will it be "Rags to Riches" or "Riches to Rags" when Annabel Williams, a beautiful young heiress, befriends Will Carden, a local vegetable boy from the wrong side of the tracks? The suspense and mystery grow until Will’s mushroom business becomes entangled in a plot of industrial espionage! ANNABEL was originally published under L. Frank Baum's pseudonym, Suzanne Metcalf. Recommended for ages 12+

    Annabel Lee (Edgar Allan Poe) - Edgar Allan Poe’s dream poem is as close to music as words can ever come. First published on October 9, 1849 – two days after Poe’s death – this haunting, lyric poem is thought to have been written in memory of Poe’s young wife, Virginia, who died in 1847. Gilles Tibo has set the poem in his native Quebec, where the narrator and his childhood love Annabel Lee discover the beauty of the rugged, wind-swept Gaspé Peninsula. But when Annabel Lee dies and is borne away as mysteriously as she had come, the dream goes on, refreshed each time that the moon beams and the stars shine down upon the great rock of Percé that becomes her sepulcher. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Annabel the Actress Starring in Gorilla My Dreams (Ellen Conford) - Meet Annabel: Actress Extraordinaire! Nobody can steal this girl's spotlight! Not even the twerp Lowell Boxer, who steals Annabel's mask as she makes her way to her first acting job. This aspiring actress has what it takes to play a convincing gorilla -- even without the costume -- for a five-year-old's birthday party. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Annabel the Actress Starring In: Hound of the Barkervilles (Ellen Conford) - MYSTERY! SUSPENSE! AND A SLOBBERING DOG NAMED BINKY?! Finally! Annabel the Actress has been offered a real part in a real play. Now she'll be able to show the world her true talent! But a drooly canine for a costar, embarrassing pink bunny pajamas for a costume, and heckles from her lifelong enemy, Lowell Boxer, are not exactly what Annabel had in mind when she dreamed of her theatrical debut. But the number one rule in the theater is the show must go on. And Annabel is determined to make that happen! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Annabel's Ghost (Joyce Donelson) - Annabel Alexander has a ghostly visitor from her past that looks just like the girl that used to torment her back in elementary school reminding her of her poverty-stricken childhood which prompted her obsession with materialism. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Captain Annabel (Neal Evan Parker) - Annabel's dad has an unusual planter in his yard, which is actually an old sailboat that he hopes to fix up. One day Annabel climbs in, pulls out all the weeds, and yells, Boat! From that point on, Annabel's future is set, and through hard work and self-reliance, she eventually works her way up on various kinds of boats to become captain of her own tugboat. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Kiss Me Annabel (Eloisa James) - According to Miss Annabel Essex, a husband must be: rich, English and amiable. Luckily she has chosen just the perfect spouse who is nothing like the impoverished Scottish Earl of Ardmore, who has nothing but gorgeous eyes, a brain, and sweet kisses. So what cruel twist of fate put her in a carriage on her way to Scotland along with that impoverished Earl and the entire world thinking they're man and wife? Not to mention the game of words started by the Earl in which the prize is a kiss. And the penalty... Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Annabel

    Famous People Named Annabel

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

  • Children of Famous People Named Annabel

    Children of Famous People Named Annabel

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Annabel - Lynn Redgrave (English actress); Stephen Daldry (English theatre and film director/producer)

  • Historic Figures

    Annabel - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Annabel

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Annabel

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