The name Annabelle goes back many years. It has Hebrew origins like many other names on this list, so it can be found in Biblical scripts. Some claim it originates from French. Either way, after years of keeping low, Annabelle is making a comeback, and a new generation of Belles is being born.
It means beauty and grace, perfectly fitting the woman who carries it. Annabelle Stephenson is probably one of the most popular ones, best known for her role as Sara Munello in the TV show, “Revenge.” Many babies who are named Annabelle over time turn into Anna or Bella, however, we prefer sticking to the original version.
The most notable Ava to have existed so far has to be the American actress Ava Gardner. However, the name dates back to medieval times, when it was first recorded as a variant of the Biblical name 'Hava' which means lively. Others believe that Ava has Germanic roots, coming from the word aval, which means “guarantee.”
Some think it originates from the Latin Avis, meaning “bird" or "birdlike.” Ava Gardner is not the only famous Ava out there. There is Ava Allan, who we know from "True Jackson VP," Ava Kolker from "American Horror Story" and of course Ava Michelle, the beloved model, actress, and incredibly talented dancer.
Now we must confuse Lillian, or Lilian, with Lily. One is not the shorter (or longer) version of the other, and they are completely different names. Ask any Lily or Lilian you know. The name has fascinating meanings in English, German, and Hebrew and supposedly means innocence and youth. It symbolizes a flower and is associated with softness and tranquility.
As for the famous Lilians, there is the legendary Lilian Roth, and Lilian Gish who was titled The First Woman of American Cinema back in the early days of the 20th century. Lillian Disney was an American artist who spent her days creating animation at Disney Studios.
The name Beatrice has Latin roots, meaning blessed and voyager (through life). The British princess Beatrice brought the royal name back to people's awareness, and after a deep downfall in the early 20s, it is now climbing back up and gaining popularity.
The name also has its Italian version of Beatrix and a Spanish and Portuguese interpretation of Beatriz. So, wherever you go, Beatrice has recognition, meaning, and a story. Most known and famous Beatrices are either historical figures or royal family members. Actress Bebe Neuwirth was born Beatrice, and young American Singer Bea Miller was born Beatrice Annika Miller.
Belle means beautiful and fair, and it also means "loved one." No matter where you look, this name represents everything you want about a baby. It originated from French projects such as prestige and glamour. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" transferred the name from the European continent to the United States.
In America, it gained popularity ever since the movie was released. The name Belle has become a very popular middle name, too (why not leave it as first?) Tallulah Willis (daughter of) is named Tallulah Belle, Phoebe Cates is Phoebe Belle, and Donna Reed was originally Donna Belle Reed.