Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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.

Quick Facts

ON ANNABELLE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

81

PRONUNCIATION:

AHN-ә-bel

SIMPLE MEANING:

Loveable

Characteristics

OF ANNABELLE

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Annabelle

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ANNABELLE

Popular Songs

ON ANNABELLE

Annabelle Lee
a song by Harry Belafonte

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

Miss Annabelle Lee
a song by Maurice Chevalier

Annabelle
a song by Heavens

Famous People

NAMED ANNABELLE

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Children of Famous People

NAMED ANNABELLE

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ANNABELLE

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