Can I get your opinion on a baby name?

puffinpuffin Posts: 205Registered Users
We are having another girl and are thinking about the name Annabel. I really like this name, but am wondering if you think it sounds too sweet and little-girl to you. I'm having a hard time imagining a grown woman, in a professional environment for example, being called Annabel. Last night my dad said it sounded sort of "country bumpkin" to him and I can see what he's saying.

I'm just wondering what other people's first impressions of it are. Our other daughter is Caroline, in case it matters.

Thanks!

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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Do you have a middle name picked out?
    I do like Annabel, but I do know what you mean.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I think it's a very classic name. I prefer the Annabelle spelling.
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    I really like it!!!

    And if she prefers, she could always go by "Ann", "Anna" or "Belle"!
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  • Brown_Eyed_GirlBrown_Eyed_Girl Posts: 1,353Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I like it. My only concern would be that it sounds more girly to me than Caroline.
  • puffinpuffin Posts: 205Registered Users
    No middle name yet.

    I agree that it's more girly than Caroline. Caroline sounds like such a strong name to me. Annabel is more flowery. That bothers me a bit.
  • SpunkyCurlsSpunkyCurls Posts: 1,523Registered Users
    Two directors I work with are named Annabelle. Lovely women and very professional. I don't even think twice about their name. I think it's a perfectly nice name and not just for a little girl.
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    I like it and agree with RCW about the spelling.
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  • SigiSigi Posts: 2,379Registered Users
    I think it's a pretty name. The first thing that popped into my head was the Edgar Allen Poe poem.
  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I think a person's personality drives the name. I wouldn't worry about it being flowery or girly. If you like the name...go for it.
  • velvet pawsvelvet paws Posts: 1,250Registered Users
    I like Annabel - especially the way you spell it (I think it looks too flowery with the -belle ending). I don't think it's too little girlish and sisters Caroline and Annabel sound nice. I loooove the name Caroline, btw.
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  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I think it's a classic name, not used much these days, so she wouldn't be in with a bunch of Annabel's in school or other activities. It's not very flowery, to me, but feminine. I like the two names together.
    Not that you asked, but I think a single syllable middle name would work well. No suggestions, though, sorry.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I love it! Old-fashioned and lovely.
  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    Geez, I guess I am the one jerk who doesn't like it. For some reason it makes me think of a cow's name. :oops:

    ETA: It occurred to me why. That movie Annabelle's wish.
  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    haha it does remind me of a cow, but its not one of those names you draw back in horror when you hear.

    and i can see it working as an adult name too. plus if she doesnt like it she does have a few nicknames to use instead like curly canadian said.
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    Not that you asked, but I think a single syllable middle name would work well. No suggestions, though, sorry.


    Ooooh, what about Annabel(le) Claire?
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I love it. It is simple and classic. Not too flowery or too little girlish at all.
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  • Yes, Still PaulaYes, Still Paula Posts: 485Registered Users
    I really like it!!!

    And if she prefers, she could always go by "Ann", "Anna" or "Belle"!

    Yea, that's just what I was thinking. And of course, I really love to hear Annabel too!
  • puffinpuffin Posts: 205Registered Users
    Thanks everyone for your opinions. I prefer the -bel ending as opposed to -belle because it seems overly, i don't know, "decorative" maybe?
    PixieCurl wrote: »
    Not that you asked, but I think a single syllable middle name would work well. No suggestions, though, sorry.


    Ooooh, what about Annabel(le) Claire?

    Her middle name probably will be 1 syllable. My daughter is Caroline Gale, after a family member. I'm trying to find a family name we like.

    Pixie - my sis suggested Annabel Claire as well. But I have a bad association with the name Claire.
  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I like it. I don't think it's overly girly at all.
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  • mayimmayim Posts: 2,301Registered Users
    i like the name and i don't find it to be flowery or too little-girly. i agree with those who say personality rules. one of my best friends is named anabel (the spelling in spanish, which i like). she's a totally strong, vibrant, independent woman.

    i also know a baby named anabelle (another spelling i love) & she's totally adorable. it's a great name. i say go with it!

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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    My husband's colleague named his daughter Annabelle.
  • cosmicflycosmicfly Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    I like it :).
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Annabel Grace.

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  • LilyWavesLilyWaves Posts: 224Registered Users
    I love the name! I named my Australian shepherd Annabel. I always loved the Edgar Allan Poe poem, so I kept his spelling and her middle name is Lee, too.
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