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I really like the name Annabel and it’s the top of my list.
Anna was my favourite teacher at school and Belle is my favourite Disney princess. We also have an accidental theme in my family with my mum, my two sisters and I all have double letters in our first names, I’d like to continue this.
I’ve also worked with children for the last 12 years so picking names can be hard. I’ve taught a few Annabel’s and all of them have been lovely children to teach.
I’m not keen on Annabelle as this has too many double letters.
I’m deciding between Annabel and Anabelle
I like the first as it doesn’t look like I’m trying to mess around the the name, but I like the name Belle which is why I may consider the second spelling.
JumpinGem  11/8/2019
Annabel is the best spelling.
nylonpanda  10/4/2019
Though I'm usually partial to spellings with an E at the end, I actually prefer Annabel to Annabelle in this case (even though in real life, I've only met ones who spelled their name Annabelle). For some reason, I find Annabel far less "princess-y" and frilly, more suitable for everyday. I've started to feel this way about Isabel / Isobel vs. Isabelle, too.
erb816  9/23/2019
Oh yeah, that's my name broskis. Love the name but people keep accidentally calling me the wrong name, like Amanda, Abigail, Amelia, Isabelle, etc. That's the only downside to be honest, but it's quite a big downside.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2019
Annabel Beam, Miracles from Heaven.
― Anonymous User  3/19/2019
In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Annabel who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 2483rd most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/22/2018
It looks weird spelled this way.
Luvbug86  9/30/2018
I think the name Annabel is beautiful. One of my bestest friends has been GIFTED with this name. I'm totes jelly! She is gorgeous and very graceful.
cailinNOTcolleen  6/7/2018
The name Annabel was given to 406 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Annabel are female.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2017
Annabel is beautiful. I can see the appeal of the spelling Annabelle, but Annabel still has the edge for me. I also adore Amabel.
Paula Puddephatt  5/25/2017
Annabel Langbein is a New Zealand celebrity cook, food writer and publisher. She is also a regular radio guest and TV presenter, and has fronted her own TV series, Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook, which launched on the TV One network in New Zealand and now screens in over eighty countries. She is known for promoting organic food, primarily using seasonal ingredients and is a member of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand. The program is also distributed to PBS stations in the U.S.
cutenose  2/16/2017
Annabel is a very pretty name, with many different ways of spelling it from Anabel to Annabelle. I personally picture it on a pretty girl, with brunette hair.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2017
I used to really like this name, but it's become so common that I've grown bored of it. It's pretty, regal and elegant sounding, but I don't like the nicknames "Anna/ie/e" or "Belle/a." Shame that I'm hearing it on so many people nowadays, as I used to associate it solely with Edgar Allen Poe's beautiful poem Annabel Lee. Currently, I prefer Amabel or Annabeth.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/12/2016
I'm an Annabel, and people get so confused with the spelling, 2 n's? 2 l's? E on the end? Etc... And Annabel's in popular culture are always the snobby ones or the bullies in films (especially school films, see St Trinians and Wild Child) and you get the baby Annabelle jingle sung at you occasionally. But it's a nice name and few people have it.
― Anonymous User  2/9/2016
Reminds me of ringing bells and the countryside and a graceful, free-spirited girl.
doritazurita  12/20/2015
Annabel is my name I prefer this to Annabelle. Annabelle is to girly. Even though it took a while to grow on me.
Converseyah  10/16/2015
This name is classic, dazzling, gorgeous and goldenly beautiful. I prefer this spelling to the longer one because the other one has too many letters and feels rather artificial while this feels more natural and down to earth, if that makes sense. It is quite girly, but it's classic girly, not trendy girly like all the Jennifers and Kayleys of the world. It's just a timeless, classy, gem of a name.
doritazurita  9/23/2015
Named my daughter Annabel. Most people just call her Annabel, no nicknames, but I've heard her friends call her Bel/Bella. Never Anna though.
cuppantae  8/20/2015
Annie should be listed as a diminutive for Annabel as well, alongside the diminutives that are mentioned already.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2015
Shouldn't it be listed as Scottish as well if the origin of the name is Scottish?
thesnowwhiterose  12/5/2014
Annabel is a beautiful name that sounds so soft and elegant.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2014
Baby Annabell is a famous doll product made by the toy company Zapf Creation.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2014
I like Annabel, spelt just like that. It's sweet and sophisticated.
Almonds  7/25/2013
I prefer this to Annabelle because that seems to be very trendy at the moment, and the spelling is nice but it looks a little too over the top. I feel the same about Isabelle and Isabel. But it's a very beautiful name :)
Oohvintage  6/7/2013
Annabel lee is my all time favorite poem. And one of my favorite names, It's sweet, warm, gentle and has that sweet romantic southern feel to it. And I just love it I hope it goes well with my other favorites like Alice and Persephone.
555jazzy  1/25/2013
I heard of a girl with this name whose last name was Lector. Other than that, it's a good name.
Bazinga  12/24/2011
I can't say it's not a pretty name because it is and it also depends on how you pronounce it. I would prefer pronouncing it AHNNUH-BEL rather than ANN-AHBEL because then it would rhyme with cannibal, haha! I love the meaning though. It's a sweet name.
― Anonymous User  5/25/2011
A beautiful name, one of few that are near perfect. It makes me think of a pretty, kind, graceful young lady. Plus, I like all the nicknames you can get out of it; Ann, Anna, Annie, Nelly, Nell, Bell, Bells, and Bella are my favorites.
Black_X  5/11/2010
I think Annabel is a very beautiful name that always sounds sophisticated, if not cutesy and romantic. For me, Annabel is a total Sweet Lolita name. I picture pink-and-white gingham, blonde ringlets, white lace gloves, cute bows, tea parties, strawberries and cream, and Alice in Wonderland. Annabel is feminine, endearing and charming without sounding too childlike.
shotgun_wedding  3/21/2010
I love the fact this pretty name has a Scottish origin.

I also don't see how it can have been influenced by the name Anna when Anna was not used in Scotland in the Middle Ages.
SandSea  2/23/2010
My daughter's name is Annabel. She is almost 2 years old. Everybody comments on her name. It's unusual, but not weird. Everybody thinks it's a beautiful name. I thought for months and months about naming her Annabel or Annabella. I'm glad we chose Annabel, although many people have trouble spelling it, most of the people think it's spelled Annabelle. I have to correct everybody.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2008
I fell in love with this name. I love how classic it is, but that may just be because I'm living in the wrong century. Classic names like Annabel, Elizabeth, etc. seem so much prettier, and more elegant than the modern names that are so common in the 21st century.
ManifestDestiny  8/2/2008
I love this spelling, much cuter and sophisticated over Annabelle. Interesting side note, I read a study, and in it, it showed that women prefer the spelling Annabel, while men preferred the spelling Annabelle more.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2008
One of my favorite names ever! If I have a daughter, this will be her name. It's uncommon, and not trashy at all. Love it.
Skittsie13  1/10/2008
I love this name, it's so pretty and sweet. I like it spelled Annabel better than Annabelle because the latter seems a bit overdone. They're both gorgeous names though.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2007
Annabel is derived from the Latin AMABEL which means loveable; although, some people prefer to think of it as Anna (grace) + Belle (beauty). It is Annabel in England and the UK primarily, and Annabelle in France. It is my daughter's name.
Raychulannie  7/17/2007
I love the poem "Annabel Lee", but, eh, the name "Annabel" is to me like some symbol for all decorative, (already too) romantic and princess-like. Well, thanks to "Annabel Lee", I just can't hate the name!
ToveTer  6/9/2007
I'm writing a story where the main character's step sister's name is Annabelle (two 'l's and an 'e'). I like my spelling, because Anna means 'Favour' and Belle means 'Beauty', so together it means (I'm hoping) 'Favoured beauty', like she is the most beautiful kind of beauty, which she is.
stormy_lovegood  3/16/2007
In Sarah Dessen's newest book, Just Listen, the main character's name is Annabel.
EdwardxBellaxJacob  2/3/2007
Annabel Leigh (named for the Poe poem but spelled differently) is Humbert Humbert's childhood sweetheart (whe he was actually a child, I mean) in the novel Lolita. She dies; Humbert tries to recreate Annabel in his relationship with Lolita.
Marauder  11/9/2006
Annabel is Scottish, Annabelle is French and English.
― Anonymous User  10/20/2006
I am called Annabel, and I think it's pretty but my name is shortened to Bella, Bell or Bellzie. It's a pretty name, and I know that it is sort of a royal name. I HATE the shortened version Annie.
bellaboo  9/12/2006
I have a friend named Annabel and I like the name Anna, but I find 'bel' annoying as it seems to make the name too long. It also sounds too posh.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2006
Very pretty name. I prefer the spelling Annabelle though.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
This is part of the name used in Poe's poem "Annabel Lee" when talking of his lost love.
Lady_Raltz  9/9/2005
Yep, "Anabel Lee" was the poem Edgar Allan Poe wrote for his beloved child bride (and cousin) following her death.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2006
I think it is classy without being affected. It's also very pretty, unusual but not weird. The perfect name? I may name my bump Annabel.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2004

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