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Quick Facts on Mabel

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 707
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Mabel

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mabel

Mabel is a medieval English name which developed from the old Anglo-Norman girl’s name Amabel. Amabel ultimately comes from the Old French (via the Latin) “amabilis” meaning “loveable”. Although Amabel is now obsolete, she gave way to the names Annabel and Mabel before her extinction. Amabel and Mabel were in regular use in England from the 11th to 15th centuries (while the Scottish people were more inclined to use Annabel). Amabel and Mabel were later revived in the mid-19th century thanks to a Victorian novel called “The Heir of Redclyffe” written by Charlotte M. Yonge and published in 1853 (in fact, one of the most popular English novels of the century). The central female character, Amabel, represents the Victorian female ideal (virtuous, pious and, well, “loveable”). See literary references below for more information on Amabel. Mabel became quite fashionable again in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The only place where Mabel is even slightly used today in the 21st century is in England. Belle or Bella are possible nicknames.

Popularity of the Name Mabel

Considered completely old-fashioned and outdated by today’s standards, Mabel was at one time all the rage. Boy, has this one fallen from her pedestal. In the year 1891, for example, Mabel was the 15th most commonly bestowed name on baby girls (right between Grace and Alice). Fast forward to today, Mabel is no longer even a Top 1000 pick! This old-lady hasn’t seen a revival like some of her old turn-of-the-century friends (Emma, Lillian, Alice, Grace, Rose, Pearl, Hazel and Elsie). Despite renewed interest in old-fashioned favorites, Mabel hasn’t made the cut. She’s growing cobwebs right alongside other geriatrics like Florence, Ethel, Mildred, Gladys, Bertha, Agnes, Edith and Louise. Mabel lost her Top 100 standing back in 1923 and she steadily lost her appeal until the 1950s when she pretty much went into a freefall decline down the charts. By 1965, this name all but disappeared and has yet to see the light of day. A seriously neglected and underused name, we think Mabel is a cutie-pie. We also remember the TV baby Mabel born to Paul and Jamie Buchanan, the main characters of the 1990s sitcom “Mad About You” (1992-1999). She was so named because it was an anagram for: "Mothers Always Bring Extra Love."
Popularity of the Girl Name Mabel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mabel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mabel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mabel

    Amabel Edmondstone (The Heir of Redclyffe) Amabel (Amy) Edmondstone is the young beauty of Charlotte M. Yonge’s romantic bestseller of 1853, The Heir of Redclyffe, who is the love interest of that heir. Orphaned Guy Morville comes to live as a ward with the Edmonstones, and meets his cousin, Philip Morville, the next heir in line, and therein lies Guy’s problems, and Amabel’s along with him. Many exalted Victorian twists of plot take place, with Amabel marrying Guy and going abroad for their honeymoon, with disastrous results. Amabel is a virtuous Victorian, which means being a dutiful wife, of course, but it is perhaps her greatest claim to fame that Guy’s and her fate is what drives Jo March to tears in Little Women.

    Mabel Stanley (The Pirates of Penzance) Mabel is the lovely lady lead in The Pirates of Penzance, the comic opera by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert that premiered in 1879 (played on latter day Broadway and film by a delightful Linda Ronstadt). She is the beloved of Frederic, who has just left his enforced apprenticeship as a pirate, having lately turned twenty-one years of age. The first woman he meets upon embarking is Mabel – lucky for him, she is a beauty and loves him on first sight right back. All should be well, but for the fact that it turns out Frederic was a Leap Year baby, therefore, his apprenticeship won’t be up until 1940 (which didn’t look too good from the 19th century). Well, Mabel is as good (or dopey) as she is beautiful, and she agrees to wait for him. Of course, this dilemma is solved amidst much singing, and the happy couple is able to unite and tra-la-la their way off to the horizon.

  • Popular Songs on Mabel

    Popular Songs on Mabel

    Have You Seen Mabel - a song by Rocky Bill Ford

    Mabel - a song by Juliana Hatfield

    Mistress Mabel - a song by The Fratellis

    San Francisco Mabel Joy - a song by Joan Baez

    San Francisco Mabel Joy - a song by John Denver

    San Francisco Mabel Joy - a song by Waylon Jennings

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mabel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mabel

    Mabel and Me - Best of Friends (Mark Sperring) - Meet Mabel and Me in this hilarious picture book, as they explore what puts the 'best' in 'best friends'! Mabel and Me are strolling down a strolly street, when Mabel asks a Hugely Harrowing and Diabolically Difficult question about why Me thinks they are best friends. Join this oddest of odd couples in their very first adventure to discover the answer - but be prepared for a large dose of mistaken identity along the way! Mark Sperring's sparkling text is a rollicking read-aloud that delights in language and rhythm and is perfectly complemented by Sarah Warburton's terrifically warm and witty illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mabel O'Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y (Mary G. Delaney) - Mabel O’Leary Was growing quite weary Of staring alone at her food Poor Mabel can’t leave the dinner table until she eats all of her peas. When she decides to hide them in her ears instead, Mabel can’t hear a thing her mother says. This causes a comedy of errors! The zany rhyme and its playful illustrations will have young readers holding their bellies with laughter and cheering for more. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Mabel Strikes A Chord (Sister Magic Series) (Anne Mazer) - Little Sister. Big Trouble. Anne Mazer, author of the bestselling Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, reaches out to younger readers with this magical take on sibling rivalry. Mabel loves taking piano lessons and practices every day. She's so excited about practicing that her parents buy a brand-new piano - and decide she should star in a concert at a family party! The only problem is that Violet is jealous. And that could mean an outbreak of magic just when Mabel's about to get her moment in the limelight! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Mabel Takes the Ferry (Emily Chetkowski) - Canine sailor Mabel, a summer resident of Islesboro, Maine, took an unauthorized ferry trip aboard the Margaret Chase Smith to Lincolnville Beach. There, Mabel visited a restaurant, made a few friends, and tasted some lobster before finally returning home. Sailors and Mainers will enjoy the descriptions of Penobscot Bay and beautiful Islesboro, and children will giggle at Mabel's adventures. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Maybelle the Cable Car (Virginia Lee Burton) - By recounting actual events in San Francisco's effort to keep the city's cable cars running, this classic story illustrates how the voice of the people can be heard in the true spirit of democracy. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Mabel

    Famous People Named Mabel

    Famous People Named Mabel - Mabel Normand (silent screen star); Maybel Williams (namesake of Maybelline cosmetics); Mabel Dodge Luhan (heiress, patron of the arts); Mabel Mercer (cabaret singer); Mabel Albertson (actress); Mabel Gardiner Hubbard (wife of Alexander Graham Bell)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mabel

    Children of Famous People Named Mabel

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Mabel - Bruce Willis (actor); Emma Heming (English model); Tracey Ullman (English comic/actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Mabel - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Mabel

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Mabel

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