Arabella Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Arabella:
Old name of uncertain etymology. Some believe it to be a Norman name derived from the elements arn (eagle) or arin (a hearth). Others think it is a variant of Annabel, another name of debated origin and meaning.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Arabella means "answered prayer" as well as "beautiful altar."
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My daughter is named Arabella (she's 8). We call her Bella, but at school she insists on her full name. There are way too many Bellas out there. All are Isabellas, but she wants to be different. I get compliments on her name all the time. People really seem to like it a lot.
My daughter is named Ayrahbellah. I love the name Bella, but as noted above there are way too many out there these days. I'm glad that my daughter has a unique way to express herself. I didn't want to give her a common name, so I gave her a really pretty name.
My daughter is Arabella Dawn (born in 2012). We have never met another Arabella in person. We're complimented frequently on her name.
My daughter is named Ayrabella Faith (born in 2013) We just loved the name and Ayrie (we call her for short) came at a really hard time in mine and my wife's life. We named her that and explain to people that with her middle name it means beautiful prayerful lion of faith. We kind of combined all of the meanings. That is what she is a beautiful prayerful lion of faith. Starting at two she would put her hands on people and want to pray with them. We always get comments about how beautiful her name is.
- Nicknames for Arabella: | Edit
Bella, Belle, Ari, Ara, Aria, Libby, Libbie, Ella, Elle, Ellie, Arrow, Rebel, Ayrie
- Meanings and history of the name Arabella: | Edit
The next boat to arrive in America after the Mayflower was named the Arabella.
(Latin) answer to a prayer; beauty
(italian) beautiful girl
- Famous real-life people named Arabella: | Edit
Arabella Kennedy who was born still born
Arabella Rose Kushner (b. 2011), daughter of American businesswoman, fashion designer, author, and reality television personality Ivanka Trump and American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher Jared Kushner
- Arabella in song, story & screen: | Edit
Arabella, main character in "The Female Quixote" by Charlotte Lennox.
Arabella Strange (nee Woodhope), the wife of the title wizard in "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell", by Susanna Clarke.
Arabella Doreen Figg, neighbor of Harry Potter and the Dursleys. She was a Squib, and a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
"Arabella" is a charming book by Georgette Heyer
The sister's name in the "Prince & Me" with Julia Styles was named Arabella.
Arabella, a character in the novel "Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy
Arabella is an opera in 3 acts by Richard Strauss and a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
Arabella is the sister of the title character in the novel "Clarissa" by Samuel Richardson, published in 1748.
Arabella Bishop is the love interest of the main character in Rafael Sabatini's novel Captain Blood, published in 1922. There were a few film versions--the most famous one, shot in 1935, featured Errol Flynn as Captain Blood and Olivia de Havilland as Arabella.
"Arabella", a song by Arctic Monkeys
"Little Arabella Miller", a nursery rhyme and childrens story book.