The name Annabella is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "loving". Annabella is ranked #431 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Butterfly Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Makeover!".
From the experts:
With the ascent of all names -ella, and even -bella, we predict that Annabella will rise as an alternative for such favorites as Isabella and Angelina. It's been one of the Top 500 names in the U.S. every year since 2009. It's possible to spell the name Anabella. Annabel -- along with Anabel, Annabelle, Anabelle, and Annabell -- are potential alternatives.
Annabella crops up in royal history as the mother of King James I of Scotland, and plays a part in the 1633 play Tis Pity She's a Whore. Sela Ward has a daughter named Annabella, and a current bearer is actress Annabella Sciorra.