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Annabelle or Annabel?

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harverina Thu 30-May-13 08:37:39

I am Scottish and like the idea of having a name with some sort of Scottish origin or link. Really like Annabel or annabelle but not sure what spelling is appropriate?

I already have an Eilidh grin

mrsXsweet Thu 30-May-13 11:15:35

I have an Annabelle but I know some people find it too frilly. It seems to have become a more accepted spelling and I don't very often have to tell people how to spell it as they presume the belle ending.
For me the traditional ending looked unfinished and reminds me of cannibal but I am a bit weird. It is a wonderful name and in my area not too common. My dd (3) is just starting to play around with and try out nicknames- currently she is insisting on being called Belle (and dressing up as Tinkerbel of belle from beauty and the beast). I am hoping this is a short phase as I am not a fan of belle!

JojoMags Thu 30-May-13 11:34:47

Annabel. I think it goes much more naturally with Eilidh. The Annabelle spelling looks French, rather than Scottish, and I dislike the frilliness. It seems a much stronger, more classic name wit the shorter spelling.

simplesusan Thu 30-May-13 11:36:18

Annabel for me. Lovely choice btw!

Bowlersarm Thu 30-May-13 11:38:18


DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Thu 30-May-13 11:55:59

Annabel for me. But then, I'm an Isobel, so I would say that. wink

BreasticlesNTesticles Thu 30-May-13 11:59:11


everlong Thu 30-May-13 12:17:50


HaPPy8 Thu 30-May-13 12:22:22

I like Annabelle. I think it looks prettier.

MisselthwaiteManor Thu 30-May-13 15:36:24


Charleymouse Thu 30-May-13 15:43:03


TheChaoGoesMu Thu 30-May-13 15:52:33

Annabel reminds me of cannibal too. I like Annabelle.

SingleBelle Thu 30-May-13 19:14:54

Annabel definitely.

Was Annabel the wife of king arthur or something. I vaguely remember reading this.

Elquota Thu 30-May-13 21:22:52


BinarySolo Thu 30-May-13 21:26:45

I prefer Annabelle. It looks more finished somehow - Annabel seems to end a bit abruptly. I know that sounds daft btw.

zimbomaman Thu 30-May-13 21:30:36

We went for Annabel mainly because I didn't want her to have the French spelling. She is half French and we live in France so I wanted her to have a little Anglo-Saxon influence somewhere! MIL still gets the spelling wrong 2.5 years later though. She answers to Bel and refers to herself as Annabella hmm. She is absolutely adorable and suits the name which means 'easy to love'.

harverina Thu 30-May-13 21:38:18

Thank you everyone grin still not sure what one to go for but think that Annabel may be the spelling used in Scotland? Who knows! I actually like both but just unsure what one to go for smile

SingleBelle Thu 30-May-13 21:46:17

Annabel is perceived to be the correct, normal spelling in the UK (Croft, Karmel, Goldsmith?) and Annabelle is perceived to be the normal correct spelling in USA.

Funnily enough, although I didn't rmember this, my daughter has just asked me to order Freaky Friday! and the daughter is annabel. the book by Mary Rodgers. In the first film Jodie Foster plays Annabel. In the later film with Lindsay Lohan, they changed it to just 'Anna'.

Annabel in the UK is fashionable (but not trendy) but Annabelle in France is very dated.

DewDr0p Thu 30-May-13 21:47:39


zimbomaman Fri 31-May-13 09:35:52

Annabel in the UK is fashionable (but not trendy) but Annabelle in France is very dated.

Is it? Dated? To which decade? I was under the impression that it was timeless.

SingleBelle Fri 31-May-13 10:00:58

Well I think it's timeless in the UK, I know more adults called Annabel actually but Bonsoir says it is very dated in France! Not that that matters really but I was just putting the information out there. The World according to Bonsoir, grin

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 31-May-13 10:07:44

It's probably 'timeless' in a cyclical sense; an old, recognised name which goes in and out of fashion, and is therefore dated when out of fashion.

<speaks from bitter experience>

SingleBelle Fri 31-May-13 10:12:06

Yes, although personally i know more adults than children called Annabel I think it is more popular now than it WAS. It's interesting (if you're a nmae nerd) that the original freaky friday in 1976 left the character's name as Annabel but in 2006 that was changed to just Anna. Or maybe that is of no interest at all to anybody sane grin

My own name is just starting to occasionally be mentioned here! and people have either cooed over it or said 'no way, it needs to rest for another decade!'. But I hated it growing up because it was at its most popular 10-15 years before I was born. I never used to get anything with my name on it as a child, until I went to Winchester cathedral with my m&d at 13 and there were tea towels with my name on them. My mum said 'ok, point taken'.

sleepingbeautiful Fri 31-May-13 10:13:52

Annabel. Pretty for a girlie girl, not over powering for a tomboy, and utterly wearable for a grown-up.
To me Annabelle is sickly sweet.

zimbomaman Fri 31-May-13 10:31:32

Ok, single and don, I get where you're coming from. My own name is the same - only old ladies were called it when I was growing up and now it seems to be very favourable on MN. Apparently Coke are even using it on their 'share a coke with...' promotion smile.

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