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Gender: F Meaning of Arabella: "yielding to prayer" Origin of Arabella: Latin Arabella's Popularity in 2015: #194

Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005; it is now in the Top 200, 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.

Famous People Named Arabella

Arabella Goddard, English pianist
Arabella Mansfield (born Belle Aurelia Babb), first woman lawyer in the U.S.
Arabella Weir, British comedienne, actress, and writer
Arabella Steinbacher, German classical violinist
Arabella Burton Buckley, English scientist and author
Arabella Morton, Australian actress
Arabella Yarrington "Belle" Huntington, 2nd wife of American railway tycoon Collis Huntington; 2nd wife of Henry Huntington
Arabella Kennedy (b. 1956), stillborn daughter of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
Arabella Sezen Oz (b. 1991), daughter of surgeon and TV personality Mehmet Oz
Arabella Elizabeth "Bella" Sekella-McCann (b. 2011), daughter of Alex Sekella and Matt McCann of TV's "Teen Mom 3"
Arabella Rose Kushner (b. 2011), daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; granddaughter of President Donald Trump
Arabella Capri Johnson (b. 2012), daughter of soccer player Will Johnson
Arabella Ferguson (b. 2014), daughter of singer Rebecca Ferguson

Pop Culture References for the name Arabella

"Arabella," comic opera by Richard Strauss and its main character
"Arabella," novel by Georgette Heyer and its main character
Arabella Danesi, main character in 1968 film "Arabella"
Arabella Fermor, subject of Alexander Pope's poem "The Rape of the Lock, 1712

Arabella, main character in "The Female Quixote" by Charlotte Lennox, 1752
Arabella, Clarissa Harlow's elder sister in Samuel Richardson's "Clarissa," 1745
Arabella Hunt, character in Henry Fielding's "Tom Jones," 1749
Arabella Wilmont, character in Oliver Goldsmith's "The Vicar of Wakefield," 1766
Arabella Allen, 'a black-eyed young lady, in a very nice little pair of boots' in Charles Dickens' "Pickwick Papers," 1836
Arabella Briggs, character in W.M. Thackeray's "Vanity Fair," 1847
Arabella Trefoil, husband-hunting character in "The American Senator," by Anthony Trollope, 1877
Arabella, Duchess of Berwick, character in Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan," 1892
Arabella Donn, character in Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure," 1894
"Little Arabella Miller," nursery rhyme
Arabella Figg, character in the Harry Potter series
Arabella Lucre, character in Winifred Phelps' "Temptation Sordid or Virtue Rewarded"
Arabella, character in the 1996 film 'Far Harbor'
Arabella Chandler, character in American soap 'All My Children'
Arabella Whipple, Lucy's mother in "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" by Karen Cushman
Lady Arabella Marchand du Belmont, character in 2011 TV movie 'A Princess for Christmas"
Princess Arabella, character 2004 movie 'The Prince and Me"
"Arabella," song by the Arctic Monkeys
Arabella Strange, character in Susanna Clarke's novel "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell"
Arabella, the Spanish town Inigo grew up in in the book "The Princess Bride"

Orbella, Ara, Bella, Arbell, Orabelle, Arbella, Orabel, Arabel, Arabele, Orabella, Arabela, Orbel, Orbelle, Arbela, Arbelle, Belle, Bel

Arabella's International Variations

Arabelle (French)