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Annabelle or Annabel?

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Pocketsizedpixie Fri 18-Nov-16 00:37:45

Stuck in hospital waiting on a c-section. Think we've chosen Annabel/le as a name, but can't decide on spelling.

DH and I disagree, one of us thinks Annabel looks unfinished, the other thinks Annabelle is fussy.


IneedAdinosaurNickname Fri 18-Nov-16 00:40:49

I think Annabel is really pretty and really dislike Annabella.

Good luck smile

IneedAdinosaurNickname Fri 18-Nov-16 00:41:25

I dislike Annabelle I mean not Annabella

MaryPoppinsPenguins Fri 18-Nov-16 00:41:40

I know 3 girls with that name... one in each of my DD's classes and one as a teenager in my family... and they are all spelt Annabel..

I think either spelling is great and it's a beautiful name! (Congrats!) but I think in my area at least, this is the spelling!

Pocketsizedpixie Fri 18-Nov-16 00:57:30

Hmmm. Thanks for the responses.

I wonder marypoppins if it is a regional thing. Both DH and I have only known it spelt the way we each prefer!

MaryPoppinsPenguins Fri 18-Nov-16 01:03:04

Well, if it helps, we're in Surrey, and the three I know are local....

But DH has chipped in to say our sister in law from Ireland has spelt her daughters name that way also.

(Forgot about her! 😳)

Bringmewineandcake Fri 18-Nov-16 01:11:48

I think Annabel looks a bit unfinished (also, Babybel) and Annabelle looks a bit fussy...not helpful sorry!
If you think there's any chance you'll call her Belle then go with that spelling. My personal preference would be the Belle ending.

Pocketsizedpixie Fri 18-Nov-16 01:16:00

That's a good point bringme one of the reasons we like the name is that is will give DD the choice between several options, Belle, Anna or her full name.

PragmaticWench Fri 18-Nov-16 01:28:31

I think Annabel is the British version, Annabel let the American or French version.

Personally I always thought Annabel looked more elegant, less fussy.

ViViMO Fri 18-Nov-16 01:34:20

I prefer Annabelle smile it looks better...

HearTheThunderRoar Fri 18-Nov-16 01:36:27

Annabelle, I think that looks more pretty, but that could be because 'belle' means beautiful in French.

Annabel looks unfinished to me, but I do like fussy names.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 18-Nov-16 01:44:42

Prefer Annabel

whycanineverthinkofausername Fri 18-Nov-16 03:36:36

My sister is called Annabel & people call her Bella even though that isn't even an abrv. She hates it! (Probably due to the fact she is quite tomboyish) I personally thinj Bella is an adorable abrev. So would go with Annabelle smile

OlennasWimple Fri 18-Nov-16 04:06:18


mathanxiety Fri 18-Nov-16 04:20:52


I think Annabelle looks too frilly.

Sophronia Fri 18-Nov-16 05:34:02


Sugarpiehoneyeye Fri 18-Nov-16 07:27:33

Hope all went well OP 💐

Paddingtonthebear Fri 18-Nov-16 07:36:47


Pocketsizedpixie Fri 18-Nov-16 07:36:58

Thanks all, seems there is,a preference for Annabel, but Annabelle would be OK too. I'm not sure we're any closer to a decision!

Thanks sugar I've another week in hospital though before the big day, so mostly it's boring at the moment!

FfionFlorist Fri 18-Nov-16 08:39:57

Annabel for certain, lovely name. Don't like unnecessary fru fru .

shaggedthruahedgebackwards Fri 18-Nov-16 08:43:06

I much prefer Annabel

Annabelle looks prissy IMO

Aderyn2016 Fri 18-Nov-16 08:46:01

Sorry to confuse the issue further but I would pronounce Annabel and Annabelle slightly differently. Annabel would be a shorter sound with emphasis on the Anna and a sharper, shorter pronunciation of bel, whereas Annabelle would have a longer pronunciation of the belle and would sound softer. I hope I've explained that so that it makes sense. Fwiw I prefer Annabel as it is less disney ish. But that is just personal preference.

Pluto30 Fri 18-Nov-16 09:26:17


As in Annabel Lee.

SausageSoda Fri 18-Nov-16 09:29:03

Annabel by far.

Annabelle is too Disney princess for my tastes.

Chinlo Fri 18-Nov-16 09:31:24


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