Show ContentsAnnable History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Annable is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the female personal name Anabel, which was originally derived from the Latin word amablis, which means lovable. 1

"There is no difficulty about it. Originally it was Amable or Amabel, but very soon became Annabel, whence the Scottish Annaple and Annabella. " 2

"There is no evidence for the use of Hannibal as a Christian name in England before 1619 in Cornwall." 3

Early Origins of the Annable family

The surname Annable was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where we found entries as a forename and surname: Amabilia (without surname), Buckinghamshire; John filius Amabilie, Huntingdonshire; and John Amable Cambridgeshire. 2

The Close Rolls listed Richard Anabilla, temp. Richard II, Mathew Hanybal, 39 Henry III (in the 39th year of King Henry III's reign), John Anable, 22 Edward III (during the 22nd year of King Edward III's reign.) 2

In Cheshire, Roger, George Anabull(e) was listed there in 1499 and 1539. Thomas Hannyball was listed in Oxfordshire in 1513 and John Anyable was listed in Suffolk in 1568. 3

Early History of the Annable family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Annable research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1256, 1275, 1282, 1504, 1513, 1515, 1520, 1523, 1531, 1792 and 1821 are included under the topic Early Annable History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Annable Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Annable has undergone many spelling variations, including Annabell, Anabell, Anebelle, Annabal, Annable, Anable, Amable, Amabilis, Annible, Hunnable, Hannibal, Honeyball, Honeybell and many more.

Early Notables of the Annable family

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Hannibal (d. 1531), English judge who was incepted in the canon law at the university of Cambridge in 1504, and the same year was installed prebendary of Gevendale in the church of York. "He was incorporated D.C.L. at Oxford in 1513, and graduated LL.D. at Cambridge, and received the appointment of vicar-general to Silvester, bishop of Worcester, in the following year. He entered the...
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United States Annable migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Annable were among those contributors:

Annable Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Annable, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 4
  • Mrs. Joan Momford Annable (b. 1600), who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 aboard the ship "Anne" 4
  • Jane Annable, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 4
  • Jane Annable went to Plymouth in 1623
  • Anthony Annable, (b. 1599) from Cambridge who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 aboard the ship "Anne" 4
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Annable Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Annable went to Virginia in 1722
Annable Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Annable immigrated to Scott Co. Iowa in 1857

Canada Annable migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Annable Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Annable was recorded among the United Empire Loyalists who settled in Canada in the 1780s
  • Sgt. John Annable, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Eastern District, Upper Canada c. 1783 5
Annable Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Vincent Annable was established as a carriage-maker in Cornwall, Ontario in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Annable (post 1700) +

  • Odette Juliette Annable (b. 1984), née Yustman, an American actress from Los Angeles, California, known for her roles in Danielle Steel's Remembrance (1996), Dear God (1996) and Quintuplets (2004)
  • David Rodman "Dave" Annable (b. 1979), American Prism Award winning actor from Suffern, New York
  • Charles "Charlie" Annable (1905-1957), English professional rugby league footballer who played from 1924 to 1929
  • Graham Annable (b. 1970), Canadian cartoonist and animator, creator of Grickle

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook