The name first appeared in 12th-century Scotland and is believed to be a corruption of the Late Latin feminine name, Amabel, which is a feminine form of Amabilis meaning “lovable.”
It was fashionable in 19th-century America and was further popularized by the Edgar Allan Poe poem Annabel Lee.
Ever since the popularity of Isabella, Annabelle has been rising in popularity, she is currently the 188th most popular female name in the United States. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 61 (Australia, 2008)
- # 400 (the Netherlands, 2009)
Other forms of the name include:
- Annabel/Annabelle (English/Dutch)
- Annabelle (French: very rare)
- Anabela (Hungarian/Portuguese/Slovak)
- Annabella (Italian)
- Anabel (Spanish)
In Slovakia, the designated name-day is August 20.