Meaning & History
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS. This spelling and Amabel were common during the Middle Ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. It was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854), which featured a character named Mabel (as well as one named Amabel).
Sources & References
- Edgar's Name Pages, available from http://webspace.webring.com/people/ge/edgarbook/names/welcome.html