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Annabella (F)>

Annabella (female)

Synonym(s):Neps (F)
Variants:Annabel (F) Annabelle (F)
Pet Name(s):Neps (F)
Derivative(s):Arabella (F)
Can be spelt:Anabella (F)
Source(s): FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communication [MT]

Latinized version of Annabel [q.v.], hence Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Rare occurrence in the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire.

A correspondent [MT] has pointed out that, in the county of Argyll, Scotland, Annabel/Annabella may be used interchangeably with Neps. We have not been able to find any authority on this and consider the latter is probably a pet name. However there are six records of a baptism for Neps, all in Argyll, so it is at least a valid given name and may be a synonym for Annabel/Annabella.