Gender: Female Meaning of Mabel: "lovable" Origin of Mabel: Diminutive of Amabel Mabel's Popularity in 2019: #440

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).

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Rank in US: #440

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Mabel's International Variations

Mabilia (Italian) Máible (Irish Gaelic) Moibeal (Scottish)


Mirandajane21 Says:


The sweetest name with some great nn options!

ivy194 Says:


Recently I've been starting to love this name! Mae and Billie is so cute, this name is so, so, so sweet and vintage. It's ready for a comeback! I love it!

CherryBomb50 Says:


Maple indefinitely better.

ClearAsMe Says:


I think of Mabel in Gravity Falls! I think it would make a cute girl's name.

Daiseymae Says:


I have a great-aunt name Mable, but I have never been a fan of this name.

Essa Says:


I love looking back comments from years ago and wondering what was going through my mind. I love the name Mabel now and definitely don't associate with a dog. The meaning of Mabel is just perfect!

SheGies Says:


Fun for singing to your kiddo though. Mabel, Mabel, Mabel on the table, table, table! She will love you, love you, love you if she's able, able, able!

SheGies Says:


This worked perfectly for my second daughter. We couldn't decide on her name forever, so it seemed fitting that she ended up being our Maeby Baby.

Miri Says:


Sweet, sassy, spunky, love it! And also - Gravity Falls is an awesome namesake.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


This name is so sweet, I think a cute twin set would be Mabel Anne, and Hazel Penelope.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful. I'm glad that people are using this name again. Love it.

autumnreverie Says:


I can't decide which I like more: Mabel or Maple.

emicakess Says:


My daughter's name is spelt Maybel but said the same way as "Mabel" her nicknames are May, May-may, and Mabes

We love it! Trying to think of a name for her brother coming in 4 months!

lissrose30 Says:


This name is very sweet, I love the nickname May. The meaning is adorable too.

LostKid Says:


I first heard of this from Gravity Falls, but I'm starting to like it. I hope it gets more use

Bobcat108 Says:


Definitely NMS...the sound to me is like a steamer trunk falling down a flight of stairs. I'm old enough that this whole group of names—Olive, Hazel, Sadie, Gertrude, Edith, etc.—are all names that will forever be old-lady-type names. It's interesting to see that that association is completely gone for people a generation younger than me.

Essa Says:


Do you think Maby will be too associated with the word maybe? I love the nickname but I'm worried everyone will just think of maybe. I say it more like it's two words, like 'may bee'.

Essa Says:


That was it!

Lola Says:


I ♥ this name!
Slew of nicknames!
Mae, Bel, Bela, Mabes. Even the out there Abie or Abel!

kitchi1 Says:


Mabel is an old name. More grown women have the name than little girls.

Ellie Smith Says:


There was a blue peter dog called mabel - I was thinking the same thing

Guest Says:


I like it but I meant that its used too much already in my country.

nielseel Says:


Too common? Do explain. It only cracked the top 1000 recently.

ThistleThorn Says:


The adorable twin of Dipper

coco55 Says:


I'm am not the biggest fan on this name but I can see becoming a nickname for the name Maybelline which I really like:)

Kateri Says:


Adore this name. It has everything; history, simplicity, spunk, class. Can't go wrong with this name.

mabel Says:


my sister needed an old lady name for a costume and so we decided to go with this one, it's so iconic!! <3

Maddie Peavy Says:


Haha, yes!!! Fits her character perfectly!!!

Catastroffy Says:


I agree with nielseel.

Caroline Says:


I love the sound of this name, but the nickname might be May and I don't like that. I also don't like how its pronounced in my country.

lexibatt Says:


gravity falls anyone? but this name is so cute and will age well.

Guest Says:


A bit too Southern for me but it's so cute! 😍

Essa Says:


Seems like a sweet, soft, girly name but sadly I associated it with a dog, I'm sure there was dog called Mabel on some children's tv show or something. So for me it will always be a 'dogs' name not a child's.

Guest Says:


Its sweet but I think its too common already.

bretak Says:


Mabel was the name of my great-great-grandmother and I think it's very sweet and spunky. I can't see it on a grown woman however. I have this name on my list as a middle name, and I think it works really well in that spot.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I don't like names that can rhyme with heaps of words. Mabel rhymes with stable, label, cable, fable, maple, staple etc. so it puts me off the name.

nielseel Says:


We chose this name because its a strong name. I dont find its cutsie at all. And its quite easy to imagine a grown woman named mabel as the average age of someone named Mabel is over 80. I can very easily imagine a grown woman named i think most people can

Plutophelia Says:


funny, because most famous mabels grew up and were famous as adults. funny.

clairels Says:


Everybody seems to like the "sweetness" of Mabel. Little girl with pigtails and lollipop, okay. Grown woman, no.

Plutophelia Says:


This name is gearing for a big comeback. I think it is the next Sadie!

mabespark Says:


Who else thinks that this name deserves a comeback? It's sweet, pretty and classic, vintage and spunky, with a little bit of clunk and a drizzle of quirk, and a whole lot of gorgeous - what's not to love? As a bonus for nicknamers, the sweet and simple Mae is the perfect cherry on the top to this heavenly ice cream sundae of a name.

Sorceress Says:


Such a sweet name!