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Gender: Female Meaning of Annabel: "loving" Origin of Annabel: Scottish variation of Amabel Annabel's Popularity in 2017: #785

The name Annabel is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "loving". Annabel is ranked #785 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boy and girl makeover with middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Annabel

Annabel Lucy Veronica Jones, Viscountess Astor, English socialite and CEO
Annabel Claire Giles, English TV and radio presenter
Annabel Chong (born Grace Quek), Singaporean-American actress
Annabel Croft, English tennis player and TV commentator
Annabel Langbein, New Zealand celebrity chef
Annabel Shand Elliot, English antiques dealer; sister of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Annabel Goldsmith, English socialite
Annabel Lamb, English singer-songwriter
Annabel Lyon, Canadian novelist
Annabel Clare Mullion, Anglo-Irish actress
Annabel Beam, subject of the book/film Miracles From Heaven
Annabel Lucy Clark (b. 1981), daughter of actors Lynn Redgrave and John Clark
Annabel Charlotte Jones (b. 1988), daughter of singer Davy Jones of The Monkees
Annabel Clare Daldry (b. 2003), daughter of director Stephen Daldry
Annabel Leah Van Der Beek (b. 2014), daughter of actor James Van Der Beek

Pop Culture References for the name Annabel

Annabel Lee, poem by Edgar Allan Poe
Annabel Williams, character in "Annabel" by L. Frank Baum
Annabel "Anna" Coleman, character in book/movie "Freaky Friday"
Annabel, character in movie "Soul Survivors"
Annabel, character in Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita"
Annabel Greene, character in Sarah Dessen's "Just Listen"
Annabel aka Evelyn Draper, character in movie "Play Misty for Me"
'Annabel', novel by Kathleen Winter and song by Goldfrapp about a transgender child


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