How popular is the baby name Annabella in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Annabella.
Welcome to Five Name Friday! Here’s today’s baby name request:
We both love long pretty names but don’t want a “bell” name like Isabella or Annabella. Her surname is Spanish and starts with M and her brothers are Kysen and Santiago.
Can you come up with five great baby name suggestions for this person?
Here are the rules:
- Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anybody else’s five names.
- Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest your five names to somebody in real life?
- Five names only please! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be deleted.
Which five baby names are you going to suggest?
[You can also comment on previous Five-Name Friday posts, or send me your own 2-sentence baby name request using the contact form.]
You love the names Isabella, Arabella and Annabella, but you want something…else. Are there any other other 4-syllable -bella names out there?
Yes, many! They don’t have the long history Isabella has–most are modern inventions–but they are being used more and more often nowadays, thanks to Isabella’s newfound popularity.
For more inspiration, here are some -belle names that were used/invented during the early 20th century, according to SSA data. (Parents were as creative with -belle names back then as they are with -bella names today!) I think many of the below would work well with a -bella ending.
Finally, two more names that are so rare, they’ve never appeared on any SSA baby name list (i.e., they’ve been given to fewer than 5 baby girls per year since 1880).
- Dulcibella. It was spelled Dowsabel or Dousabel in medieval times. The name was also used as a synonym for sweetheart; The World Book Dictionary defines dowsabel/dousabel as “a common name for a rustic sweetheart in old pastoral poems.” So now, of course, we all have to start calling our sweethearts “dowsabels.” :)
- Harrybelle. It was the name of war nurse Harrybelle Durant Stark (1891-1937), the last official casualty of World War I,
Can you think of any other -bella or -belle names? Or, can you invent any? (Let’s see…how about Hannabella? Or Jennabella?)
UPDATE, 3/22/16: Similar names from other posts: Leotabel, Marjabelle, Susybelle, Trixabelle, Twylabelle.
A reader named Marissa, who has a daughter named Beatrix Penelope (nn Bea), is expecting twins–one boy, one girl. She’s got their middle names narrowed down (Anthony or Alexander for the baby boy, Daphne or Jillian for the baby girl) but she’d like some help with their first names.
Here’s what she’s looking for in a boy name:
For the boy I’d like names that are two syllables long and start and end in a consonant. So far I like Robert, Patrick, Daniel and Fabian. The only one he likes is Fabian, but we’re still not sure.
And here’s what she’s looking for in a girl name:
For the girl I’d like names that are three or four syllables long, and start and end in a vowel. So far I like Anastasia, Ophelia, Elena and Ursula, but he likes none of them.
The babies’ last name will sound something like Thisbe.
Here are some of the boy names I came up with:
And here are some ideas for the girl name:
Which of the above do you like best with Beatrix? (And which ones make the best boy/girl pairings, do you think?)
What other names would you suggest to Marissa?
A reader named Sheryl has a two-part request — she needs first name suggestions for a baby boy and middle name suggestions for a baby girl.
Regarding the boy name:
We are finding boys names extremely hard – perhaps because we have a feeling it’s a girl! We do however have our hearts set on John as a middle name as it is in both our fathers’ full names.
Regarding the girl name:
We have our hearts set on Chloe for a little girl but the middle name is open to debate. We picked Anne as it is both our mums’ middle name, but now I’m not so sure – and my mum hates her middle name!
Let’s say the baby’s last name will be Dawson. (It won’t actually be Dawson…but it’ll be close.)
Because the surname does start with a D, Sheryl and her husband are wisely “trying to avoid the initials CJD for both genders for the obvious reason!” Very smart. :)
For boy names, I thought it would be nice to stick to something rather traditional (to fit with John) that doesn’t end with the letter N (so the full name doesn’t suffer from N-ending overload):
And here are some ideas for Chloe’s middle name. Sheryl mentioned that she was considering compound names that contain the name Anna, so the names on the left feature Anna/Anne as the first element, while those on the right feature Anna/Anne as the second element:
It might also be fun to think about related names like Hannah, or the bazillions of derivatives of Anna.
What other suggestions do you guys have for Sheryl?