(78 Posts)
212VIP Wed 14-Aug-13 22:23:43

Thoughts please!

capitola Wed 14-Aug-13 22:24:46

Is that a spelling mistake?

nilbyname Wed 14-Aug-13 22:25:29

Beat me to it capitola!!

I am a bell?

CoteDAzur Wed 14-Aug-13 22:30:03

Behind grin

212VIP Wed 14-Aug-13 22:30:22

Not a spelling mistake.
Annabel but with an 'm'.
Am-a-bel. Maybe belle for short.

BronaghT Wed 14-Aug-13 22:32:18

Not good. Sounds like a mistake. Too much like Annabel.

KirstyJC Wed 14-Aug-13 22:33:27

Nope, sorry - a lifetime of getting it spelled wrong and mispronounced. Annabel is lovely though.

CoteDAzur Wed 14-Aug-13 22:33:31

Seriously? It was funny as a spelling mistake.

nilbyname Wed 14-Aug-13 22:34:23

Forever having to explain that it is not a spelling error? Rubbish.

CruCru Wed 14-Aug-13 22:35:01

If said in my hometown accent, it would sound like lazy speaking - particularly as it would go Ama - bewl.

Are you on the south coast? What accent would it be said in?

nilbyname Wed 14-Aug-13 22:35:13

I mean that would be rubbish. It's a silly choice I think. What's up with Anabelle?

212VIP Wed 14-Aug-13 22:35:52

But say it out loud?
Confusion aside it sounds very pretty?

everlong Wed 14-Aug-13 22:35:55

It would sound like you had a speech impediment sadly.

Stokes Wed 14-Aug-13 22:37:18

It looks like a misspelling and sounds like someone asking if they're pretty (Am I Bell?).

FluffedUpFerretOnSteroids Wed 14-Aug-13 22:38:18

I love unusual names my name is and I love that no one else i know has the same name, i think its a good name smile

Nope, sorry, does not sound pretty. Not in any way, shape or form.

Stick with Annabel, Belle for short...

Nope, sorry, does not sound pretty. Not in any way, shape or form.

Stick with Annabel, Belle for short...

Soo good I said it twice!! (sorry)

Slainte Wed 14-Aug-13 22:39:26

What everlong said.

212VIP Wed 14-Aug-13 22:40:34

Down south (Berkshire) accent.
General consensus not good sad

I know an Ama and I love the name. But the family are Ghanaian and it's a traditional name there for a girl born on a certain day of the week.

Amabel....hmmm. Don't think so, sorry.

LatinForTelly Wed 14-Aug-13 22:44:18

I knew an Amabel who would now be about 40. I think it's pretty. Once we were corrected the first time, we never forgot it grin.

FluffedUpFerretOnSteroids Wed 14-Aug-13 22:45:14

I think its really pretty I always think an unusual name is better smile go with what you prefer

Kikibee Wed 14-Aug-13 22:48:07

There is a lady amabel Lindsay who lives just outside hungerford, I think it is a pretty name but I guess i am in the minority

cafecito Wed 14-Aug-13 22:48:47


Maud2011 Wed 14-Aug-13 22:49:26

It's lovely.

MoosheKoochak Wed 14-Aug-13 22:51:17

I think it's lovely. I semi-considered it for DD1, but DH didn't like it (he's very fussy though). It means something like "loveable", doesn't it?

But I guess the first few comments would be the reactions the poor girl would get... and whenever she wrote it, it would be misread as Annabel.

NeedSomeSun142 Wed 14-Aug-13 22:55:54

makes me think 'am-a-bell-end' sorry but think the poor lass will get the mick taken out of her

MoosheKoochak Wed 14-Aug-13 23:03:27

If you like Amabel have you considered Arabel/Arabelle?

badtime Wed 14-Aug-13 23:45:55

Amabel is actually the original name, and Annabel was a misspelling. However, it is now pretty obscure in its original form as people only know the shorter version, Mabel.

apachepony Thu 15-Aug-13 00:01:15

Actually I think it sounds lovely with a nice meaning. Had never heard it before. But the constant confusion with annabel could get annoying for her.

Anjou Thu 15-Aug-13 00:46:09

Sorry, another thumbs down here.

Looks like a typo of Annabel or Amiable.

Sounds like someone trying to say Annabel with a blocked nose.

Definitely agree with posters who say teasing is in store - "I'm a bell/I'm a bell end".

BOF Thu 15-Aug-13 00:50:09

Yes, it doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, and just sounds like a mistake.

kiwik Thu 15-Aug-13 02:34:41

I went to prep school with an Amabel (who would be about 40/41 by now - wonder if it's the same one LatinForTelly? Had an older sister Rebecca?)

I quite like it as a name, but due to the girl at school I knew Amabel as a name before I knew about Annabel, if you see what I mean.

Gambia Thu 15-Aug-13 08:56:47

I love it! I sometimes use it ass nickname for my dd. It might get a little confusing, but I think its so pretty it's worth it!

Dackyduddles Thu 15-Aug-13 08:59:00

Do you lisp? Speech impediment? Proper reason for such a ridiculous spelling?

Assuming all normal it sounds silly.

LifeIsNow Thu 15-Aug-13 09:15:31

Looks like a spelling mistake...sorry...

pygmy Thu 15-Aug-13 10:55:37

I love it. It's the original version of Mabel.

itsonlysubterfuge Thu 15-Aug-13 11:01:37

I think it just sounds like you are saying Annabel wrong.

Sounds like a spelling mistake and it will end up being "corrected" (you said Amabel?) all the time by various peoples in authority she will come across in school and in adulthood as well.

Shrugged Thu 15-Aug-13 13:31:39

Gosh, calm down, people. This is an actual name. Whether or not you like it, the OP certainly didn't invent it, and it's not Michaela reinvented as McKayylah or suchlike.

OP, I was going to say I liked it, and it's not a name you hear much, but I think if the previous posters are anything to go by, you might pass it by, despite it being a nice name. It also features in a grim Thomas Hardy poem about a once-lovely girl being ruined by time...

212VIP Thu 15-Aug-13 17:48:32

Hey ho. I tried.
It IS a real name! I'm not keen on making names up.

212VIP Thu 15-Aug-13 17:49:05

You know what. It sounds nice when I say it out loud.
It's going on my list.

Sorry guys...

NadiaWadia Fri 16-Aug-13 04:07:36

It is a real, historical name, and quite pretty, I think.

But throughout her life she would have to put up with misspellings and ignorance, as demonstrated on this thread. So are you up for that?


NadiaWadia Fri 16-Aug-13 16:37:35

Why earth is it dreadful? Assuming you like Isabel and Annabel, why not? Although I have to say I do slightly prefer the 2 names just mentioned.

BridgetandtheHairyBrigands Fri 16-Aug-13 16:49:56

I think it's a lovely name but I'll confess the first time I came across a woman called Amabel at work I assumed it was a spelling mistake and 'corrected' some meeting minutes blush

I suspect I wasn't the first.

LatinForTelly Fri 16-Aug-13 23:03:36

Ahh, no kiwik, the Amabel I knew had a brother. Wow, two 40ish Amabels though. Who'da thunk it?

Gimmeechocolate Mon 19-Aug-13 21:49:01

I think it's lovely. I considered it for our daughter but DH said no as people would think it was Annabel. We went for Mabel in the end smile

It's dreadful because it looks and sounds daft. It looks like a spelling mistake and it sounds like a child mispronouncing annabelle.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 20-Aug-13 08:38:57

It looks to me like it should rhyme with Mabel, not Annabel.

minipie Tue 20-Aug-13 14:39:43

I know it's a real name OP (thanks to Georgette Heyer) but most will think it's Annabel spelled wrong.

Yonionekanobe Tue 20-Aug-13 18:26:17

My toddler calls my friend Annabelle, Amabelle so to my ear it sounds like a mispronunciation - sorry.

YoniSingWhenYoureWinning Tue 20-Aug-13 19:13:12

No. It will drive her mad correcting from Annabel ALL THE TIME.

squoosh Tue 20-Aug-13 19:48:17

She will never be able to have a full time job because correcting people who get her name wrong will occupy all her waking hours.

'No not Annabelle, it's Amabel. No, AMABELL, with an M, it sounds like Annabelle, but it's Amabel. Yes it is a silly name but my Mum thought it was pretty.

EnjoyEverySandwich Tue 20-Aug-13 22:29:57

It's a lovely name with a medieval feel to it. Nice to see someone bringing out an old and beautiful name.

There are plenty of other names that are close in sound or spelling, and it would be a dull old world if they were all avoided. I have a surname which is frequently misspelled or mispronounced (along the lines of Saunders/Sanders), but it's not a big deal.

Frikadellen Wed 21-Aug-13 00:43:57

I ADORE it and dh does too and we discussed it with all 4 of our pregnancies and it made the short list twice..

however with Annabel/etc being as popular as it is we didnt want to give her the hazzle of years of

yes aMabel with an "M" no not an n Mmm Muh

So never used it but oh i love it.

ovenbun Thu 22-Aug-13 14:49:38

It would be pretty if your dd wouldn't have to explain the spelling everytime..just not about Amira?

ludog Thu 22-Aug-13 22:48:24


Minty82 Fri 23-Aug-13 12:18:45

I know an Amabel, and think it's very pretty, but it would be irritating to always have to correct people who think it's Annabel.

NoComet Fri 23-Aug-13 12:28:03

I have an unusual maiden name that is one letter different from something very common. I spent my life spelling it and people still sent my post addressed to the common one.

Just don't do it!

EnjoyEverySandwich Fri 23-Aug-13 13:32:42

Me too, StarBall, but it really doesn't bother me.

NoComet Fri 23-Aug-13 14:03:06

Unfortunately mine can have either the second or first letter changed

Think Janes to Jones or Banes.

Jones is OK, but in an alphabetical world Banes causes people to say you don't exist. It gets a bit tedious.

Chl0e Fri 23-Aug-13 16:09:56

No idea what the consensus is but I would pick Annabel or Mabel. I know Amabel is a proper name, but oh look, my spell check has underlined it, but it hasn't underlined Mabel or Annabel.

Laquila Fri 23-Aug-13 16:35:43

I think it's a very pretty name but as evidenced by this thread, people seem slightly offended by its very existence. Other variants/ similar name pairs don't seem to provoke such a response, so I assume it's because Amabel just isn't that well known.

LeoandBoosmum Fri 23-Aug-13 16:38:12

I'm sorry but, for the love of God, no! As one poster said, it sounds like I'm a bell. You say when you say it quickly it sounds nice...I'm sorry but I have to disagree.

NadiaWadia Fri 23-Aug-13 16:59:09

But you can't go by spell check, what do they know?

NadiaWadia Fri 23-Aug-13 17:01:32

All this 'I'm a bell' stuff is nonsense. After all 'Isabel' sounds like 'is a bell' and no one mentions anything about that, just because it is a more well known name. Similarly 'Nicholas' sounds like 'knickerless' etc, etc.

SirChenjin Fri 23-Aug-13 17:05:08

I have a surname that is constantly misspelled and mispronounced - it is a PITA. Unless you absolutely have to, please don't saddle your child with a name she will have to spell out or correct its pronunciation forever

Chl0e Fri 23-Aug-13 19:54:52

but that's the problem really, not that it's an unusual name, but that it's one letter away from being a much more well known name.

If you changed Isobel to Isodel people would just assume they'd misheard, if they noticed.

EnjoyEverySandwich Fri 23-Aug-13 21:06:59

I would have LOVED to have been named Amabel, rather than the crap name my parents chose.

delilah89 Sat 24-Aug-13 21:43:26

annabel yes, amabel no

cheekbyjowl Sat 24-Aug-13 22:53:07

wonderful name. sounds softer than annabel. it was on our list but we had a boy. only conSideration is how it might be shortened..if annabel you can be an anna or bella...mabel is cute in a vintage way too

GibberTheMonkey Sat 24-Aug-13 23:09:50

Pretty sure there's a poem about Amabel by Hardy.
I like it but worry there would be too much confusion

MichaelBubleBath Sat 24-Aug-13 23:36:42

Not keen sorry but only cos I dislike Ama as a nn.
Mabel feels old to me but Isabelle is lovely and contrarily Isa is a nice nn.
Also like Aimee
Belle is sweet but temptation to say babybel too great grin

BabyBrainMom Sun 25-Aug-13 11:15:39

Love Amabel too! More than Annabel, sounds sweeter with the m

leobear Sun 25-Aug-13 11:20:02

I know of an Amabel too, who would be about 40. Very long, aptly medieval looking hair. Same one??

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