Gender: Female Meaning of Annabel: "loving" Origin of Annabel: Scottish variation of Amabel

Annabel Origin and Meaning

The name Annabel is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "loving".

Annabel is a spirited name that embodies quirky British gentility, and is gaining increading favor in the U.S. in the wake of the mega-popular Isabel. Appearing in Scotland as early as the twelfth century, where it was a royal name, it also recalls the romantic Edgar Allan Poe poem Annabel Lee, written upon the death of his young wife, Virginia.

In the Swinging Sixties, Annabel was in the thick of things as the name of London's trendiest disco and nightclub, named for the wife of the owner.

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I prefer Annabelle.

ivy194 Says:


This is so pretty! I much prefer it to Isabelle. Annabel is much nicer, imo. I prefer this no frills spelling to Annabelle. Annabelle's too frilly but Annabel is perfection. The nn Annie is so sweet!

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Doesn't sound clunky at all to me.

Leah_ Says:


It is kind of clunky, but it is pretty. It would work well with the right last name.

snowsbeloved Says:


Not my favorite -bel name. I just think of a cow :(

RoddyThlayli Says:


I have a chicken named Annabel, but I could definitely see this on a person!

headintheclouds Says:


Annabel to me sounds like a spunky Jane-Austen-esque heroine from a 19th century novel. Also sounds Southern Belle-like. It's cute, lively and spirited without sounding too cutesy, and I can see Annabel aging well, from a little girl to a grown woman.

mother_dragons Says:


It's Scottish

lynn_wentworth Says:


To me, Annabel/le always seemed more clunky than Isabelle, which seems to be a very cohesive name. I would prefer Amabel (means lovable), it has a similar feel but a better flow.

Alicia1 Says:


Sounds kind of clunky, is it a southern name? Not meant to hurt anyone.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


My favourite 'belle/bel' ending name