|Intercommunality||Pays d'Auge dozuléen|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Chantal Leneveu|
|• Land1||5.54 km2 (2.14 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||75/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||14016 / 14430|
|Elevation||60–153 m (197–502 ft)
(avg. 141 m or 463 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The village Annebault was first mentioned as Olnebac in the beginning of the 12th century, and as Ounebaus in 1195.
Several different theories have been proposed to explain the origins of this name. French linguist René Lepelley has proposed that the name commes from the Old Norrois "almr balkr", or "splitting of the elm". On the other hand, Ernest Nègre, toponymist and specialist in Occitan, has offered that it is derived from the Germanic personal name Allinus followed by the Old Norse bekkr. Yet another theory, courtesy of Albert Dauzat and Charles Rostaing, holds that Annebault derives from the Germanic personal name Hanno followed by Germanic bald, or bold. Ultimately, despite this plethora of suggestions, the origins of "Annebault" remain obscure.
The vestiges of a feudal moat, possibly dating to the tenth century, can be found to the south of the town, in the nearby forest.
- Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de communes de Normandie, Charles Corlet éditions, PUC 1994. p. 49.
- Toponymie générale de la France, Librairie Droz, p. 1012.
- Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de lieux en France, Librairie Guénégaud 1979. p. 20
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