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Originally a mishearing or misreading of Latin Amabilis "lovable" (=Mabel), used since the twelfth century and by folk etymology interpreted as Anna+ belle "beautiful Anna".

Proper noun[edit]

Annabel ‎(plural Annabels)

  1. A female given name
    • 1849, Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee:
      I was a child and she was a child, / In this kingdom by the sea: / But we loved with a love that was more than love — / I and my Annabel Lee;