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Diminutive of Amabel
"lovable"

Mabel Origin and Meaning

The name Mabel is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "lovable".
Mabel is a saucy Victorian favorite searching for its place in modern life; if you love offbeat old-fashioned names like Violet or Josephine, only sassier, Mabel is one for you to consider--it's started making a comeback and could rise to popularity a la Sadie. Several celebs have chosen it, including Chad Lowe, Nenah Cherry, Bruce Willis and Dermot Mulroney.

Although it enjoyed considerable time outside of the Top 1000, Mabel is back on the list -- although nowhere near where it was in the 1880s and 1890s, when it was a Top 20 name. There is a Princess Mabel in the Netherlands today, born a commoner and married to Prince Friso.

Some of Mabel's cultural references include Charlie Chaplin's favorite leading lady Mabel Normand, jazz singer Mabel Mercer, the lead character in Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, and the baby on the sitcom Mad About You (in which Mabel was an acronym for Mothers Always Bring Extra Love--a nice thought).
# 427 in the US

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Famous People Named Mabel

  • Mabel Kroger (b. 2006)Epic Gamer
  • Mabel Martine Wisse SmitPrincess of Orange,Nassau, wife of Prince Friso of the Netherlands
  • Mabel Elizabeth KingAmerican singer and actress
  • Mabel Esmonde CahillIrish tennis player
  • Mabel Esplin (18741921), English stained glass artist and muralist
  • Mabel Ethelreid NormandAmerican silent film comedienne
  • Mabel Gardiner Hubbardwife of inventor Alexander Graham Bell
  • Mabel Ida AlbertsonAmerican actress
  • Mabel MercerAmerican cabaret singer
  • Mabel SeeleyAmerican mystery novelist
  • Mabel Suffield Tolkienmother of novelist J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Mabel McKeown (b. 1986)English politician; daughter of comedienne Tracey Ullman
  • Mabel Ray Mulroney (b. 2008)daughter of actor Dermot Mulroney
  • Mabel Painter Lowe (b. 2009)daughter of actor Chad Lowe and producer Kim Painter
  • Mabel Ray Willis (b. 2012)daughter of actor Bruce Willis
  • Mabel Brand (b. 2016)daughter of actor/comedian Russell Brand
  • Mabel Jane Grace (b. 2017)daughter of actor Topher Grace and Ashley Hinshaw
  • Olivia Mabel Smithson (b. 2012)daughter of singer Carly Smithson

Mabel in Pop Culture

  • Mabel "Madea" Simmonsmovie character played by Tyler Perry
  • Mabel Buchmandaughter of Jamie and Paul Buchman on TV's "Mad About You"
  • Mabel Chilterncharacter in Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband"
  • Mabel DarcyBridget's daughter in Helen Fielding's "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy"
  • Mabel Lane Foxcharacter in "Downton Abbey"
  • Mabel Motleymain character in comic strip "Motley's Crew"
  • Mabel Pinesmain character on animated series "Gravity Falls"
  • Mabel Ricketsaged Northumbrian nurse in Sir Walter Scott's "Rob Roy"
  • Mabel Robsoncharacter in G. A. Henty's "With the Allies to Pekin"
  • Mabel ThompsonNucky's first wife on TV's "Boardwalk Empire"
  • Mabelcharacter in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Mabelgoshawk in Helen MacDonald's "H is for Hawk"
  • Mabelthe ugly stepsister in film "Shrek the Third"
  • Mabel Martintitular character of horror podcast 'Mabel'
  • Mabel 'Abby' Haddington from "Bob's Burgers"
  • "Mabel Normand" song by Stevie Nicks
  • Mabelmentioned in an episode of "The Simpsons" ("So I says to Mabel, I says...")
  • Mabel Ablecharacter from the video game "Animal Crossing”
  • Mabel Rosecharacter from Libba Bray’s “The Diviners” quartet.
  • "Naughty Mabel" children's book by Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott