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Quick Facts on Annabelle

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 81
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Annabelle

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Annabelle

Most people would assume that the name Annabelle is an elaborate pairing of the names Anna and Belle. They’d be wrong. Annabelle is actually derived from an old Anglo-Norman name, Amabel, 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 of Scotland and was generally confined there from the 12th century until fairly recently. Today, it’s a commonplace name throughout the English-speaking world.

Popularity of the Name Annabelle

The name Annabelle is making a triumphant return on the U.S. popularity charts after more than 40 years of hibernation. The name enjoyed moderate to low popularity in the first half of the 20th century, but then it disappeared from the charts altogether in 1951 – not to return until 1995. For the past 15 years, Annabelle has climbed an astonishing 850 spots on the American list of most favored girls’ names. It has not quite managed to achieve a Top 100 position, but it’s coming close. There are several forms of the name on the charts today, but the elaborate spelling “Annabelle” is by far the most preferred. The name is experiencing the same return to popularity as other old-fashioned girls’ names loaded with charisma – and American parents love the bella/ella and belle/elle suffixes today.
Popularity of the Girl Name Annabelle
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Annabelle

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Annabelle

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Annabelle

    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 Annabelle

    Popular Songs on Annabelle

    Annabelle - a song by Gillian Welch

    Annabelle - a song by Heavens

    Annabelle (Arkansas' Callin' You) - a song by Hot Apple Pie

    Annabelle Lee - a song by Harry Belafonte

    Miss Annabelle Lee - a song by Maurice Chevalier

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Annabelle

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Annabelle

    A is for Annabelle: A Doll's Alphabet (Tasha Tudor) - Young children will welcome the return of a classic from the mother of children's illustrators, Tasha Tudor. A Is for Annabelle is a quaint, old-fashioned alphabet book graced with Tudor's intricately detailed, highly appealing illustrations. Annabelle is a china doll that belonged to Grandmother. Two little girls play their way through the alphabet, dressing up this lovely doll ("H is her Hat with an elegant feather") all the way through X ("the letter for which I've no rhyme"), Y ("the Yarn her stockings to mend"), and Z ("her Zither and this is the end"). Alternating black-and-white illustrations with full-color spreads, Tudor surrounds each page with a graceful floral border and includes such charming details as a sewing basket with a pincushion, a cricket peering at a pink patchwork quilt, and the tiny boxes containing Annabelle's hats, slippers, and earrings. Little girls will find Annabelle and her alphabetical wardrobe irresistible. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner (Amy Schwartz) - Lucy prepares her younger sister for the rigors of kindergarten; Publishers Weekly praised the "droll illustrations" in this "sweetly endearing tale," adding that "Schwartz provides a funny, balanced view of the emotions experienced by a child just starting school." Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Annabelle's Angels (Denise H. Adams) - Annabelle's Angels is the story of a little girl's adjustment to a new environment, as she let's go of one favorite activity and discovers a new one. Her triumph is the discovery that she can enjoy her surroundings wherever she goes, giving hope to children making similar changes. The clear description of making snow angels and sand angels makes little listeners want to go right out and try it. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Annabelle's Big Move (Carla Golembe) - Annabelle the dog is confused by the odd behavior of the family she lives with. After they pack away her dog bowls and all the other dishes in the house, strange men come and carry away the furniture. When Annabelle is placed in a crate, which is in turn stowed away in the dark compartment of an airplane, she becomes alarmed. Will she ever see her home and family again? She's returned to her family, of course, but her world has been transformed. An ocean, tropical trees, and warm breezes replace the snowy landscape she has known. And naturally, there are new dogs. In the next part, Annabelle makes new friends on the beach and even learns to swim. The vibrant blend of bright illustrations and winsome text makes this a pleasant portrayal of a common trauma in many children's lives. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Annabelle's Love (Jenny Ramirez Hart) - Annabelle's Love is the perfect bedtime story. In it, a little girl named Annabelle is most curious about love. Her mother tells her stories about true love, and Annabelle longs to find it. Little does Annabelle know that she has already found true love, and it is where she least expects it. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Annabelle's Monsters (Marianna Heusler) - Annabelle Andrews’ world is falling apart. Her mother is sick, the class nerd, Leroy Ludlum, has become a permanent attachment, and her friends are treating her as though she has a bad case of head lice. When Leroy tells Annabelle that there’s a monster living in the basement furnace at St. Hedwig’s Elementary School, Annabelle thinks that Leroy is stark raving mad. But then things begin to disappear. Annabelle’s best friend is convinced that a shadow is following her, and the bones of a long-ago-missing janitor surface in the cellar. Suddenly, Annabelle doesn’t think Leroy is crazy anymore. The question looming in front of Annabelle—can she defeat the monster before he destroys everything that matters to her? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Fanny & Annabelle (Holly Hobbie) - Holly Hobbie, the bestselling author of the Toot & Puddle series, brings us Fanny & Annabelle, a new story about creative Fanny with a do-it-yourself theme. In the second Fanny adventure, Fanny writes her first picture book. Since Annabelle, her doll, was Fanny's first creation, it's fitting she should star in the story. Annabelle's adventure ends up mirroring Fanny's own life as they both manage to give the perfect birthday gift to a loved one. With Hobbie's heartwarming art mixed with Fanny's own delightfully naïve drawings, this sweet tale will inspire fans and new readers alike to get creative. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child (Bob Graham) - Annabelle's dad has little time for fairies, which he assures her she won't find in the cement and the weeds of their urban backyard. But Annabelle has lots of time, so she keeps looking -- even under her baby brother, Sam. And one day she finds what she's looking for: a thumb-sized fairy child named Jethro Byrd, whose family has made an awkward landing in a tiny ice cream truck among some discarded bottles and cans. What a wonderful chance to invite all the Byrds for tea with Mommy and Daddy! But why, Annabelle wonders -- as the fairies fiddle and sing and dance and whistle away among the cake crumbs -- are she and Sam the only ones who can see them? Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Mukluks for Annabelle (Dianne Barske) - Mukluks for Annabelle is based on the true story of Annabelle, the baby elephant at the Alaska Zoo, and how she faced adapting to our Alaska environment. She truly had cold feet! An elephant in Alaska is certainly out-of-place, but it was Alaskan ingenuity and caring that eventually solved a little elephant's dilemma. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Annabelle

    Famous People Named Annabelle

    Annabelle - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Annabelle.

  • Children of Famous People Named Annabelle

    Children of Famous People Named Annabelle

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Annabelle - Jerry Garcia (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Annabelle - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Annabelle

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 - Annabelle

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