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Gender: F Meaning of Mabel: "lovable" Origin of Mabel: Diminutive of Amabel

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Mabel is a saucy Victorian favorite searching for its place in modern life; if you love offbeat old-fashioned names like Violet or Josephine, only sassier, Mabel is one for you to consider--it could make a comeback a la Sadie. Several celebs have chosen it, including Chad Lowe, Nenah Cherry, Bruce Willis and Dermot Mulroney.

Last seen on the popularity list (just barely) in 1965, Mabel was a Top 20 name in the 1880s and 1890s. There is a Princess Mabel in The Netherlands today, born a commoner and married to Prince Friso.

Some of Mabel's cultural references include Charlie Chaplin's favorite leading lady Mabel Normand, jazz singer Mabel Mercer, the lead character in Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, and the baby on the sitcom Mad About You (in which Mabel was an acronym for Mothers Always Bring Extra Love--a nice thought).

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Famous People Named Mabel

Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, wife of Alexander Graham Bell
Mabel King, American singer and actress
Mabel Mercer, American cabaret singer
Mabel Wisse Smit, daughter-in-law of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
Mabel Albertson, American actress
Mabel Seeley, American mystery writer
Mabel Normand (1892-1930), American silent film comedienne
Mabel Ray (b. 2012), daughter of Bruce Willis

Pop Culture References for the Name Mabel

Mabel Motley, female lead on comic strip "Motley's Crew"
Mabel Pines, a main character on the show "Gravity Falls"
Mabel Chiltern, character in the Wilde play "An Ideal Husband"
Mabel Rickets, aged Northumbrian nurse in Sir Walter Scott's "Rob Roy"
Mabel Buchman, daughter of Jamie and Paul Buchman on TV's "Mad About You"
Mabel, the ugly stepsister in "Shrek the Third"
Mabel, the love interest in the Gilbert and Sullivan musical "The Pirates of Penzance"
Mabel, the famous cow.
Mabel, daughter of Bridget in "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy"

Amabel, Amable, Amaybel, Amaybelle, Amayble, Mab, Mabbs, Mabella, Mabelle, Mable, Mabyn, Maebell, Maible, Maybel, Maybeline, Maybelle, Mayble, Maybull

Mabel's International Variations

Máible (Irish Gaelic) Mabilia (Italian) Moibeal (Scottish)