My daughters start school this week—and while I've loved having them home this summer, I think we're all ready to start a brand new school year. My older daughter is heading into fourth grade, which I remember as a big year for having more "grown-up" work. She's starting to work in pen, for crying out loud!
One of my favorite assignments from fourth grade was choosing a poem to memorize and recite in front of the class. I picked one by one of my all-time favorite authors: Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe, a beautiful poem that he wrote after the early death of his wife Virginia. I can still recite the lines—"I was a child and she was a child in this kingdom by the sea/but we loved with a love that was more than love, I and my Annabel Lee..."
And I do love the name Annabel. It means "loving," and it's been on a big upswing since the beginning of the 21st century—though still outside the top 500. The spelling Annabelle is much more popular, currently sitting at #100—but I prefer Poe's spelling.
What do you think of the name Annabel? Does it seem too similar to the popular Isabella? Or is it cool enough to earn a spot on your short list?