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Nicknames for Annabelle

Hi everyone! So DH and I are team green and I'm about to give birth any day. For a girl we have pretty much been set on Annabelle the whole time. My question is, would you be likely to shorten this name to Bella? When I've told a couple people about Annabelle, they said "Aw cute, Bella for short" and I was just thinking "No...because her name wouldn't be Annabella." Just like I wouldn't give an Isabel the nickname Bella. Anyway, we prefer the nickname Annie, but do you think she'd be called Bella all the time? 
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Re: Nicknames for Annabelle

  • She'll probably be called whatever you introduce her as.   I doubt people will take it upon themselves to choose a different nickname for her.
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  • I don't think she would always be called Bella, you could do Anna, Belle, Elle instead. I agree with you, I don't care for Bella, sounds like a character from a movie to me and is way overdone, IMO.
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    She'll probably be called whatever you introduce her as.nbsp;nbsp; I doubt people will take it upon themselves to choose a different nickname for her.


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  • image whoopsybaby:
    She'll probably be called whatever you introduce her as.   I doubt people will take it upon themselves to choose a different nickname for her.

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    And FWIW, I prefer it spelled Annabel.

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    She'll probably be called whatever you introduce her as.   I doubt people will take it upon themselves to choose a different nickname for her.

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    Anna, Ann, Anne, Annie, Nan, Nanna, Nancy, Belle, Bella are all traditional nn for Annabelle

    If you introduce her as Annie, anybody that calls her anything else is being a weirdo and should be ignored.

  • I agree with PPs that spelling it  Annabel is better. it could lessen the chances of her being called Bella. 
    Depends on the person. My best friend also used part of my name similar to Bella from Annabelle for my nn. People may call her Bella, but you can try insisting on Annie/Annabelle. :)
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  • When I taught elementary school I always called the child the name as it appeared on my roster until the child told me what s/he wanted to be called. It seems strange to me that people would automatically call her Bella. I agree with you, Bella makes no sense to be as a nn. And I would spell it Annabelle, very nice!
    The funny thing isu name is Annie and my sister calls me Annabelle as a nn. I like it!
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    We would have called our Annabel "Annie".

    There are a few nn that can come out of Annabel/Annabelle. I wouldn't worry about it. Just introduce her as Annabelle. If you have a nn and want people to know then let them know. Just realize that eventually she may choose her own nn and it may very well be Belle/Bella.

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  • Annabelle was on our list and the nn would have likely been Annie.
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  • I like Annie better as well. I would just introduce her as that and people with catch on. It's probably because Bella is so common right now.
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    I had a baby named AnnaBelle in my infant class. We called her Annie! So I agree with you
  • Annabelle is actually my top name choice for a girl. I think it's beautiful. I also prefer the nickname Annie. I just think its so cute for a little girl. 

    I think that if you start calling her Annie, others will follow suit.

    Congrats and good luck! 

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  • DD is Annabel, and she has not acquired a nn at all nor do we plan to use one.  Bella seems ok to me, but probably Anna or Belle would be a little more natural?
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  • image whoopsybaby:
    She'll probably be called whatever you introduce her as.   I doubt people will take it upon themselves to choose a different nickname for her.

     

    Agree. I know a couple of little girls named Annabelle and they both go by Annabelle. No body shortens it or tried to change it. 

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  • I don't think you should worry about that. As PP's have said, whatever you introduce her as is the name she will likely be called.

    FWIW, Annabel is at the top of our list for girls and the nn Bella never even occurred to me. Maybe it's because it's so overdone that it has been blocked from my brain completely.

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  • Our neighbor is Annabelle and she goes by Annie a lot :)
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  • Annabelle is our #1 choice right now for baby girl, also. We are planning on using Annie as a nn.
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  • Thank you for all of the replies! I appreciate the feedback and I am feeling confident about our choice now. :) 
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