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Quick Facts on Annabella

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Italian, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 274
AHN-ә-bel-ah (English); ahn-nah-BEL-lah (Italian)
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Annabella

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Annabella

Annabella is often considered the simple combination of the female names Anna and Bella; and, since “bella” is the Italian word for “beautiful”, one could legitimately assume Annabella means “beautiful Anna”. More likely, however, is that Annabella is the Latinate form of the Scottish Annabel derived from an old Anglo-Norman name, Amabel. Amabel is the French equivalent of “amabilis” which is Latin for “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), 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.

Popularity of the Name Annabella

There are quite a few ways to spell this name depending on parental preference. It comes down to how many “n”s and “l”s you prefer, and whether you want an “a” or an “e” on the end. The four-syllable Annabella is definitely one of the most fanciful of the seven options available. Interestingly enough, this particular spelling (Annabella) did not appear on America’s Top 1000 list of baby girl names for the first time until 2001. Nonetheless, she has seen rapid growth and improvement in usage in her short time on the charts. There is certainly a market right now for elaborate, ultra-feminine names like Annabella at the moment. Alexandra, Anastasia, Angelina and Arianna are other four-syllable A names that come to mind. Little tom-boys need not apply.
Popularity of the Girl Name Annabella
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Annabella

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Annabella

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Annabella

    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 Annabella

    Popular Songs on Annabella

    Annabella / You Don't Understand Me - by John Walker

    Wicked Annabella - a song by Dave Davies and The Kinks

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Annabella

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Annabella

    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.

    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. 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.

    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.

    Annabella's Bully (Wendy Taylor) - When Annabella first meets little Joey, she has a problem, a bully problem. Can Annabella figure out how to solve her problem without spending time in the dreaded time-out chair? The subject of the book is a pre-schooler, and the message is intended to address bullying and basic social skills with younger children. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Annabella

    Famous People Named Annabella

    Famous People Named Annabella - Anabella Drummond (14th century Queen Consort of Scotland); Anabella Stewart (Scottish princess, daughter of King James I); Annabella Sciorra (actress); Anne Isabella “Annabella” Milbanke (wife of Lord Byron); Annabella (stage name of French actress Suzanne Charpentier)

  • Children of Famous People Named Annabella

    Children of Famous People Named Annabella

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Annabella - King James I of Scotland (royalty); Art Alexakis (musician, front man for Everclear); Sela Ward (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Annabella - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Annabella

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Annabella

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