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Where did the English Annabel family come from? What is the English Annabel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Annabel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Annabel family history?

Annabel is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the female personal name Anabel, which was originally derived from the Latin word amablis, which means lovable.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Annabel are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Annabel include: Annabell, Anabell, Anebelle, Annabal, Annable, Anable, Amable, Amabilis, Annible, Hunnable, Hannibal, Honeyball, Honeybell and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where the Annabel family held a family seat from ancient times. The name was first documented in census rolls taken by the early rules of Britain in order to determine the rate of taxation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Annabel research. Another 443 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1256, 1275, 1282, 1300 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Annabel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Annabel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Annabel or a variant listed above: Anthony Annabal, who sailed to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621; Jane Annable to Plymouth in 1623; John Annable to Massachusetts in 1641; Robert Annable to Massachusetts in 1690.

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The Annabel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Annabel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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