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.