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Annebault is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Lisieux
Canton Dozulé
Intercommunality Pays d'Auge dozuléen
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Chantal Leneveu
Area1 5.54 km2 (2.14 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 414
 • 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.

Annebault is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France. Its current population is 414 people.


Annebault is located in the pays d'Auge, 17 kilometers from Lisieux.


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".[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 246 —    
1968 253 +2.8%
1975 253 +0.0%
1982 259 +2.4%
1990 317 +22.4%
1999 347 +9.5%
2006 414 +19.3%


Claude d'Annebault (circa 1495-1552) was a French military man who became an admiral and was named Admiral of France in 1538.

See also


  1. Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de communes de Normandie, Charles Corlet éditions, PUC 1994. p. 49.
  2. Toponymie générale de la France, Librairie Droz, p. 1012.
  3. Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de lieux en France, Librairie Guénégaud 1979. p. 20