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Annabelle or Annabel?

(30 Posts)
CheerfulYank Tue 06-Nov-12 11:35:52

Or is there another spelling? confused And which do you prefer?

TheEnglishWomanInTheAttic Tue 06-Nov-12 11:50:58

I always thought belle was the more pleasing spelling because it means beautiful, whereas bel is just 3 letters tacked on the end of Anna ;) But really either spelling works fine IMO. I

manicinsomniac Tue 06-Nov-12 11:58:13

I like Annabelle better

CremeEggThief Tue 06-Nov-12 12:30:02

I think Annabel is the most common spelling, but I know one Annabelle too. Both are lovely.

I think there's also Anabel, but that would be more common in Spanish/Portuguese-speaking countries.

MolotovBomb Tue 06-Nov-12 12:54:30

I prefer Annabelle

Gwennan Tue 06-Nov-12 12:55:38


Source: British Baby Names

Annabelle is the most popular spelling but I find it looks very fussy and frilly; I much prefer the simplicity of Annabel.

HoratiaWinwood Tue 06-Nov-12 13:04:51

I prefer -bel. I find -belle too frilly.

pollywollywoowah Tue 06-Nov-12 13:17:47

However you choose to spell it, your friends and family will present you with all the alternative spellings in Christmas and birthday cards as they seemingly can't actually read the cards you send them with the correct one.

<<and breathe>>

hellokitty123 Tue 06-Nov-12 14:21:05

We have an Annabel but her name almost always gets mis-spelt: Anabel, Anabell, Annabel, Annabelle, Anabelle have all featured on cards and letters. So I agree with pollywolly - be prepared for different spellings.

YuffieKisaragi Tue 06-Nov-12 15:51:16

I like Annabel.

Yellowchair Tue 06-Nov-12 15:52:04

Prefer Annabel less fussy.

NadiaWadia Tue 06-Nov-12 16:48:32

Agree with some others, the 'belle' ending is too frilly.

MaryAstor Tue 06-Nov-12 20:57:20

Annabel. It's lovely.

Anything '-belle' smacks of violent pink dresses made of synthetic netty fabric.

I also like Arabel, if you're open to suggestions.

LemonBreeland Tue 06-Nov-12 21:03:01

Annabel is much nicer. Agree that Annabelle is fussy and frilly.

doctordwt Wed 07-Nov-12 11:32:03

Annabelle is fussy sounding - to me Annabel seems the most correct spelling

Everlong Wed 07-Nov-12 11:54:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 07-Nov-12 14:00:09

Annabel. But then I prefer Isabel/Isobel to the more popular Isabelle spelling. Also, Annabel doesn't get autocorrected...a win in my eyes! smile

Fluffyfish Wed 07-Nov-12 20:05:07

I think Annabelle frilly and cutesy and little girly and ick and Annabel the perfect name v high on my list.

madmayday Thu 08-Nov-12 11:57:08

My Annabel was born in May and we actually originally registered her as "Annabelle". Which is perfectly pretty and all, except I was suddenly struck by an overwhelming feeling that she should be an "Annabel" instead of an "Annabelle" and I couldn't rest until I'd had her birth certificate amended!!! I seriously went to all that trouble just for the sake of scrapping two letters - I must have been hormonal, haha! grin

But she is an Annabel instead of an Annabelle though - I can't explain it! Wait to see your bubba and decide when you see her maybe?!

(Don't even get me started on the fuss over the middle name as well)! blush

TheEnglishWomanInTheAttic Thu 08-Nov-12 12:32:40

If Annabelle is fussy, what about Annabella - that has to be one step further, actually makes me feel a bit sea sick, bobbing up and down between all 3 As grin

pud1 Thu 08-Nov-12 12:39:24

i aslo have Annabel but its is often spelt wrong. i find belle too frilly/fussy

Startail Thu 08-Nov-12 12:40:44

I prefer the simpler version, but you will get 'lle due to the popularity of Isabelle.

oldspeckledtam Thu 08-Nov-12 19:24:08

I have an Anabelle as h and I couldn't agree. He wanted Anabel and I wanted Annabelle. We chose that spelling as we planned to call her Belle. She's a definite Ana. We really cocked up her name... its never spelled correctly.

Natnat29 Thu 08-Nov-12 20:26:33

I prefer Annabelle its prettier and softer

flossy101 Thu 08-Nov-12 20:27:10


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