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Gender: Female Meaning of Annabella: "loving" Origin of Annabella: Latin variation of Annabel Annabella's Popularity in 2017: #468

The name Annabella is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "loving". Annabella is ranked #468 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Butterfly Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That? (Girls)".

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 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.

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Famous People Named Annabella

Anne Isabella "Annabella" Noel Byron, 11th Baroness Wentworth and Baroness Byron, wife of poet George Gordon, Lord Byron
Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne, American actress
Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra, American actress
Annabella Stewart, Princess of Scotland; daughter of James I
Annabella Piugattuk, Canadian actress
Annabella (born Suzanne Georgette Charpentier), French actress
Annabella Incontrera, Italian actress
Annabella Lwin (born Myant Myant Aye), Anglo-Burmese singer of group Bow Wow Wow
Annabella Raye Sherman, daughter of actress Sela Ward

Pop Culture References for the name Annabella

Annabella Wilmot, character in 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Bronte
Annabella, character in "Gathering Blue" by Lois Lowry, part of The Giver series


livialucille Says:


Why is this listed on Butterfly Names? I don't see any obvious connection to butterflies.

Samsonite Says:


Annabelle is an overused Disney princess name with the cheesy and ubiquitous "belle," made even worse by the added "a." Not an adult woman name to be taken seriously.

Ziggy2112 Says:


Too frilly and long for my taste, but agreed that Amabel is better.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I think it's stunning. You can always use Anna or Bella as nicknames. I do love Annabel or Annabelle, too - but right now, Amabel is my favourite. 😃

Ziggy2112 Says:


That's a whole lotta name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this so much, along with Annabel/Annabelle

Sophielacey92 Says:


too much... annabelle is beautiful but annabella sounds singsongy.