August 2, 2014 § 5 Comments
A medieval Scottish variant of “Annabel” / “Amabel”, meaning “loving”. Possibly also related to the Latin for “invokable” or “capable of moving by entreaty”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Amabel, Anabel, Anabella, Anabelle, Annabel, Annabella, Annabelle, Aribel, Aribella, Aribelle, Bela, Bella, Belle, Ella, Elle, Mabel, Mabella, Mable, Maybell, Maybelle, Maybelline, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Miss Arabella Briggs, companion to the wealthy Miss Crawley, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).