When Mabel Hoffstater was born on 9 September 1877, in Northfield, Rice, Minnesota, United States, her father, John W. Hoffstater, was 36 and her mother, Emma Leavitt, was 30. She married Fred Herbert Gaylord on 3 August 1897, in Trenton, Pierce, Wisconsin, United States. She died on 22 May 1899, in Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 21, and was buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Northfield, Rice, Minnesota, United States.
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.