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Gender: Female Meaning of Arabella: "yielding to prayer" Origin of Arabella: Latin Arabella's Popularity in 2017: #157

The name Arabella is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "yielding to prayer". Arabella is ranked #157 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005. 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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Famous People Named Arabella

Arabella Mansfield (born Belle Aurelia Babb), first woman lawyer in the U.S.
Arabella Weir, British comedienne, actress, and writer
Arabella Churchill, mistress of King James II of England
Arabella Steinbacher, German classical violinist
Arabella Burton Buckley, English scientist and author
Arabella Morton, Australian actress
Arabella Spencer-Churchill, granddaughter of British PM Winston Churchill
(Cosima) Arabella-Asereba Kiesbauer, German-Austrian TV presenter
Arabella Rosalind Hungerford "Bella" Pollen, English fashion designer and novelist
Arabella Árbenz, Guatemalan model and actress; daughter of Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz
Arabella Field, American actress
Arabella Fermor, inspiration for Belinda in Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock
Arabella Goddard, English pianist
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 Rose Kushner (b.2011), daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
Arabella Simone Eigenmann (b.2017), daughter of Geoff Eigenmann

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"
Arabella Bishop, love interest in the 1935 movie "Captain Blood", played by Olivia de Havilland

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

Arabella's International Variations

Arabelle (French)