When Mabel Kebschull was born in December 1899, in Illinois, United States, her father, August H Kebschull, was 27 and her mother, Mary Neef, was 24. She lived in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States for about 30 years.
Originally a nickname from the Old French vocabulary word amabel, amable ‘lovely’ (akin to modern English amiable ‘friendly, good-humoured’). The initial vowel began to be lost as early as the 12th century (the same woman is referred to as both Mabilia and Amabilia in a document of 1185 ), but a short vowel in the resulting first syllable was standard, giving a rhyme with babble, until the 19th century, when people began to pronounce the name to rhyme with table.
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