Annabelle or Anna?

(32 Posts)
tangledtights Wed 25-Apr-12 20:37:59

DC3 is due in 2 weeks and DH and I still can't decide on a girls name. If its a boy, we're going for Sebastian Thomas. I liked Charlotte but DH doesn't like it. He liked Stella but I wasn't keen. DH really likes Anna Lucille, which I agree is a lovely combination but middle names very rarely come into use apart from when we're making these decisions!

With Charlotte, I was going to go for Charlotte Belle. If we had Annabelle, then DH can call her Anna and I can call her Belle grin. I do like Anna but is it boring??

survivingspring Wed 25-Apr-12 21:48:40

Nothing boring about Anna - lovely name. I do like Annabelle too smile

exoticfruits Wed 25-Apr-12 21:53:06

Anna is lovely-not boring.

Stellan Wed 25-Apr-12 22:10:53

#1 Anna

#2 Annabel

#3 Annabelle

mascarpone Wed 25-Apr-12 22:17:42

Anna is lovely.

PS I am one is lovely!

wigglesrock Wed 25-Apr-12 22:25:16

I have an Anna and have had lovely things said about her name (she's 1), but just to throw a spanner in the works grin I adore Stella, my husband doesn't!

welovesausagedogs Wed 25-Apr-12 22:46:59

Annabelle, is my favourite. I think Anna is boring.

VivianDarkbloom Wed 25-Apr-12 22:51:11

I love Annabelle! I think I know too many adult Annas to think of a baby Anna.

LoopyLoopsTootTootToots Wed 25-Apr-12 22:53:03


heresalittlebaby Wed 25-Apr-12 23:03:29

Anna is classy
Annabelle is poncy

Annabelle! Love it!

BBQJuly Wed 25-Apr-12 23:10:08

A vote for Annabel!

Anna is dull, Annabel is pretty, Annabelle is too much.

oikopolis Wed 25-Apr-12 23:20:07

my DH thinks Anna is a "nothing" name, "like Jane or Mary"!! he loves Annabel/le.

i on the other hand find Annabel/le a bit fussy. Anna is dreamy. And so are Jane and Mary! classic and elegant.

GoPoldark Thu 26-Apr-12 09:36:29

No - Anna is so beautiful - classic, elegant, exotic.

Annabelle is far less so - fussy sounding.

Annabel is duller!

Remember Anna can be Annie for a pretty nn for a child.

Anna Lucille is lovely.

tangledtights Thu 26-Apr-12 10:29:15

Now I'm completely confused! Think I'll have to sit on it for a while. Its funny because my favourite book is Anna Karenina and I have a boy called Leo. If we call her Anna, hope it doesn't mean she'll turn into a crazed woman!

ThePathanKhansWitch Thu 26-Apr-12 10:32:59

Anna, everytime.

treesprite Thu 26-Apr-12 11:09:58


it is beautiful and feminine, but if she turns out to be a little tomboy it isn't sillyfrilly.

BikeRunSki Thu 26-Apr-12 11:15:12

Anna! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would have been DS's girls name.

LillianGish Thu 26-Apr-12 11:16:37


SodoffBaldrick Fri 27-Apr-12 03:23:36

I don't love Anna.

And prefer Annabel to Annabelle.

Mother2many Fri 27-Apr-12 04:00:00

I love Anna... She was close to being a Hanna though! grin

heliumballoon Fri 27-Apr-12 05:46:45

Anna, for sure.
There are a million Annabels round where I live, it's the least original name ever.

tangledtights Fri 27-Apr-12 05:56:07

thanks for all the replies! I think Anna is growing on me. feels like a stronger name. this may all change again though! annabelle is beginning to feel a bit flouncy <but still unsure>. with my dd, I instantly knew what her name was and adored it.

its strange, but I think anna would grow into a feisty adult who knows what she wants and has no fear in doing it. whereas, annabelle would be a bit more flighty. just like her mum grin

Bellaholland Fri 27-Apr-12 06:13:32

Annabelle....... Can always be Anna, belle, bella. I would say this though as its my name! I am 100% not a flighty adult or a ponce! I am from a different generation though and have only ever known one other person with my name! I now know several children! I have always hated my name shortened to Anna...,find it boring.

supernannyisace Fri 27-Apr-12 06:24:22

V biased opinion here - I am Anne - my baby niece is Annabelle.

So - fab choice whichever... grin

BonnieBumble Fri 27-Apr-12 06:27:17

I like Annabel. Anna is very popular and I think it is quite dull.

BonnieBumble Fri 27-Apr-12 06:27:58

Anne is very pretty actually.

supernannyisace Fri 27-Apr-12 07:55:49


yes, I am grin

I have always been in a minority with myname - I only knew of one other anne at school - so kind of like it - as it wasn't one of the usual names.

MagsAloof Fri 27-Apr-12 11:14:54

Anna is far superior, imo. It is clasic and timeless.

Annabel/Annabelle everywhere now and it is a bit twee and very faddy.

Anneliese or the anglicisation of Annalise is nice.

I also know a little Anya, which is lovely.

tangledtights Fri 27-Apr-12 12:38:42

hmm interesting you say that MagsAloof, Annalise is also on our list! Need to sleep on it a bit more I think. Was up last night with cramps and back pain so hopefully we'll have decided before he or she makes an appearance. Might be a Sebastian anyway!

MoonHare Fri 27-Apr-12 17:23:39

Prefer Anna but can see why you'd like to add the Belle as that's your own choice. However personally I think Annabelle is definitely too flouncy.

If you find Anna a bit dull what about Anya instead?

MoonHare Fri 27-Apr-12 17:24:46

In other words, I second MagsAloof!

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