Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005; it is now among the US Top 200 popular baby names and a top name on Nameberry, as more and more parents see it as a distinctive alternative to the mega-popular Isabella. Its meaning may also be interpreted as "beautiful," thanks to -bella.
Arabella has been a great favorite in English novels, dating as far back as Samuel Richardson's Clarissa and Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, and also appeared in The Vicar of Wakefield, Dickens's Pickwick Papers, George Eliot's Felix Holt and Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, and more recently in Harry Potter.
Arabella is the title of a lyric comic opera by Richard Strauss, and was chosen for their daughters by Ivanka Trump and Dr. Oz. A real life heroine is Arabella Mansfield (born Belle Aurelia), the first American woman to become a lawyer.
Arabella is a recommended, sophisticated choice.
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