Show ContentsMabel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Mabel is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came 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 Mabel family

The surname Mabel 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 Mabel family

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

Mabel Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Mabel has been recorded under many different variations, including Annabell, Anabell, Anebelle, Annabal, Annable, Anable, Amable, Amabilis, Annible, Hunnable, Hannibal, Honeyball, Honeybell and many more.

Early Notables of the Mabel family (pre 1700)

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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Migration of the Mabel family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mabel 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.


Contemporary Notables of the name Mabel (post 1700) +

  • Catherine Mabel Hukill (1910-1995), birth name of Carol Hughes, an American actress, best known for her starring roles with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and for her role as Dale Arden in Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
  • Dorothea Mabel Macnee BEM (1896-1984), née Henry, British socialite during the inter war years, mother of Patrick Macnee
  • Ethel Mabel Raby (b. 1914), English two-time silver medalist athlete at the 1938 British Empire Games
  • Mabel Mercer (1900-1984), English born cabaret singer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Mabel Patronella "Vytjie" Mentor (1963-2022), South African politician, Member of the National Assembly from 2002 until 2014, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises from 2009 to 2010
  • Mabel Margaret DeWare (1926-2022), Canadian politician, curler, and Senator from Moncton, New Brunswick, inducted in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as curler/builder in 1987.
  • Mabel Cory Costigan (1873-1951), American community and church leader and advocate for labor laws for children and foreign-born individuals
  • Dame Mabel Tylecote DBE (1896-1987), British Labour Party politician, activist, humanitarian, and educationist from Manchester, England
  • Mabel Hyde Kittredge (1867-1955), American home economist and social worker, born in Boston, Massachusetts, best known as a crusader for school-lunches
  • Mabel Fortescue (1892-1930), birth name of Mabel Normand, the American silent film comedienne and actress


  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)


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