- this week

Gender: F Pronunciation: MAY-bul Meaning of Mabel: "lovable" Origin of Mabel: Diminutive of Amabel Mabel's Popularity in 2015: #578

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's started making a comeback and could rise to popularity a la Sadie. Several celebs have chosen it, including Chad Lowe, Nenah Cherry, Bruce Willis and Dermot Mulroney.

Although it enjoyed considerable time outside of the Top 1000, Mabel is back on the list -- although nowhere near where it was in the 1880s and 1890s, when it was a Top 20 name. 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).

Famous People Named Mabel

Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, wife of inventor Alexander Graham Bell
Mabel Elizabeth King, American singer and actress
Mabel Mercer, American cabaret singer
Mabel Martine Wisse Smit, Princess of Orange-Nassau, wife of Prince Friso of the Netherlands
Mabel Ida Albertson, American actress
Mabel Seeley, American mystery novelist
Mabel Ethelreid Normand, American silent film comedienne
Mabel Esmonde Cahill, Irish tennis player
Mabel Esplin, English stained-glass artist
Mabel Suffield Tolkien, mother of novelist J.R.R. Tolkien
Mabel McKeown (b. 1986), English politician; daughter of comedienne Tracey Ullman
Mabel Ray Mulroney (b. 2008), daughter of actor Dermot Mulroney
Mabel Ray Willis (b. 2012), daughter of actor Bruce Willis
Mabel Painter Lowe (b. 2009), daughter of actor Chad Lowe and producer Kim Painter
Olivia Mabel Smithson (b. 2012), daughter of singer Carly Smithson

Pop Culture References for the name Mabel

Mabel Motley, main character in comic strip "Motley's Crew"
Mabel Pines, main character on animated series "Gravity Falls"
Mabel Chiltern, character in Oscar Wilde's "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 film "Shrek the Third"
Mabel, character in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"
Mabel Darcy, Bridget's daughter in Helen Fielding's "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy"
Mabel Thompson, Nucky's first wife on TV's "Boardwalk Empire"
Mentioned in an episode of "The Simpsons" ("So I says to Mabel, I says...")
Mabel Robson, character in G. A. Henty's "With the Allies to Pekin"
Mabel "Madea" Simmons, movie character played by Tyler Perry
Mabel, goshawk in Helen MacDonald's "H is for Hawk"
Mabel Lane Fox, character in "Downton Abbey"

Mabel's International Variations

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