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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

harverina Wed 12-Jun-13 23:05:01

I'm not too worried about the spelling being grammatically correct in France - more worried how it will lookin Scotland, but I am guessing by the responses that either would actually be ok.

I like the look of annabelle more but I feel that Annabel is probably more appropriate on Scotland.

Stixswhichtwizzle Mon 10-Jun-13 22:18:49

Annabel is better imo

anaotchan Sun 09-Jun-13 08:27:05

SingleBelle, not Juliet and Viven don't "bother" me! ;-)

(it's really specific to the "bel" in "Annabel", because it's a masculine form in French, so it makes it look like a grammar mistake. But then the baby's not French, so don't mind me!)

harverina Fri 31-May-13 23:44:12

That's helpful sleepy thanks. Picking a name is such a responsibility! I don't actually love any names!

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Fri 31-May-13 21:54:13

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SingleBelle Fri 31-May-13 20:52:06

Anaocchan, does Juliet bother you in the same way? or Vivien? (just wondering). I prefer the simpler versions myself.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Fri 31-May-13 20:30:16

Annabelle is currently more popular than Annabel, but Annabel has remained in more or less the same position on the England and Wales name charts over the last decade whereas Annabelle has greatly increased in popularity, and therefore will probably decrease in popularity i.e. Annabel is the more timeless of the two. Annabel was also the name of a Scottish queen.

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harverina Fri 31-May-13 17:12:28

Thanks everyone. I felt it was timeless in the sense that no matter what age you are it doesn't sound ridiculous iykwim?

anaotchan Fri 31-May-13 14:13:08

Annabelle. Probably because I'm French and it kind of irks me to see the adjective not properly declined for gender ("bel" is the masculine form, "belle" the feminine form).

and yes, it's a very old-fashioned name in French. But still pretty :-)

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.

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.

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'.

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 10:00:58

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

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.

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


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.

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

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'.

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.

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


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

Annabel definitely.

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

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

Annabel reminds me of cannibal too. I like Annabelle.

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


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