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Belle v Annabelle

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Mumblyboo Sun 07-Jul-13 11:12:44

I love Belle. Just Belle. Hooband will allow on list (major hurdle jumped..) but doesn't love it...Prefers Annabelle....

would it be better to have a long name like Annabelle and shorten to Belle or should i just be confident that it is a name in its own right....

Bonsoir Mon 15-Jul-13 18:47:13

Christabel is a fabulous name.

Oriunda Mon 15-Jul-13 18:40:15

Mirabel (mirabelle?) and belinda are great names and still give you the 'Bel' option.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Mon 15-Jul-13 17:26:19

A couple of alternatives:


Always seem to suggesting these names on here - I love them but DP isn't keen.

Second everybody who's said use Belle as a NN.

AllegraLilac Mon 15-Jul-13 00:39:14

I think Annabelle is far too fussy.

I'd be spelling it Annabel.

argylesocks Sun 14-Jul-13 22:33:15

Annabel. I would absolutely hate to be called Belle and I'd imagine I'm not alone. Give the girl another option. Belle can be hard to pull off.

rosyryan Sun 14-Jul-13 10:34:27

Belle or Annabel. Annabelle is way too frilly for me.

BlueStarsAtNight Sun 14-Jul-13 09:51:28

I prefer Annabelle. I like it more spelt Annabel but if you want her to be known as Belle then the Annabelle spelling makes most sense.

Sherbert37 Sat 13-Jul-13 23:34:33

Read about a Mirabel today and thought that was pretty. Nn Miri or Bel.

Diddle82 Sat 13-Jul-13 23:26:55

Belle gets my vote

BiscuitDunker Sat 13-Jul-13 21:37:10

I'd go with Annabelle. I'm biased though as I'm pregnant with a little girl and that's the name we've settled on smile We will more than likely call her Belle as a nn if its something you're considering.

FWIW I much prefer it spelt Annabelle to Annabel,it just looks prettier to me and if you would have Belle as her nn then it would (in my mind at least) make much more sense to have it spelt Annabelle,plus it includes the name you want so I'd say Annabelle is the perfect compromise for you and your dh smile plus like the others have said,it gives her many more options for nn when she's older smile

Zynnia Mon 08-Jul-13 21:00:18

Actually, Katie Hopkins would have something to say about you calling your daughter Belle! Are you attractive? Is your husband blessed with chiselled features wink take an honest look at yourselves!


Zynnia Mon 08-Jul-13 20:58:04

I'd go for Isabelle,nn Belle, as that doesn't look silly written down but Annabelle has too many letters. Annabel has simplicity I like but Annabelle swaps a simplicity for a frill if that makes sense.

What about Belinda with Bel for short? That is just less Disney and would make a change. But Belle is pretty. I don't dislike it at all!

PleaseDoNotAdjustYourSet Mon 08-Jul-13 20:53:44

I prefer Belle. To me it sounds pretty whereas annabelle doesn't.

Reastie Mon 08-Jul-13 16:29:51

I like Belle, and I prefer it alot to Bella as mentioned previously, more unusual. Annabel's OK. We had a similar issue with DDs potential name - I wanted Bessie but we considered Elizabeth on birth certificate and then use Bessie but IMO it gave too much scope for people to change her name. We ended up dismissing Bessie because of this sad

MrsCosmopilite Mon 08-Jul-13 16:25:00

Personally, I'd go for actually naming her Annabelle, but using Belle as a day-to-day name. That way, there are options for when she is older.

I know someone who has a Billy. He hates it!

8thplace Mon 08-Jul-13 16:20:34

Either, depends on which sounds best with your surname too remember.

I would prob go for Annabelle as more options.

toffeelolly Mon 08-Jul-13 16:07:08

Belle ,much prettier

isitsnowingyet Mon 08-Jul-13 09:39:56

Belle - more distinctive and just like it better

JazzAnnNonMouse Mon 08-Jul-13 09:37:30

Either are pretty

Prefer Annabelle spelling as its looks prettier

RoadToTuapeka Mon 08-Jul-13 08:48:26

Much prefer Annabelle/Annabel, think of how she might like to be addressed in formal/v grown up professional situations, 'Judge Belle presiding' doesn't doesn't sound quite right imo.

Sunnysummer Mon 08-Jul-13 08:44:06

Agree with curlew - Belle could be a hell of a name in the ugly duckling years! Annabel/Annabelle can easily be nicknamed Belle.

SandraClegane Mon 08-Jul-13 08:42:16

Prefer Annabel/ Annabelle.

curlew Mon 08-Jul-13 08:41:30


Belle is potentially hard to live with- particularly if she goes through a stage when she isn't. Go for Annabel. Give her options.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Mon 08-Jul-13 08:36:23

Annabelle over Belle any day of the week.

And Annabel over Annabelle.

sashh Mon 08-Jul-13 05:11:30

Annabelle, known as Belle. It gives more options if she wants to be known by her full name or Anna later in life.

If you constantly call here Belle people will soon forget the Anna bit. Did you see on here the number of people who didn't know Prince Harry is really Prince Henry and were shocked when he was addressed as such at the Olympics.

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