Variant names were "Beverly" and "Round Grove". A post office called Round Grove was established in 1869, the name was changed to Beverley in 1870, the name changed once again to Anabel in 1889, and the post office closed in 1999. The present name of Anabel was the name of the daughter of a local storekeeper, according to local history.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Anabel
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- "Macon County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
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