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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)

Comments

ceruleanstardust Says:

2018-07-26T08:32:02

I adore the sibset Arabella and Rosalie, at the minute (nicknames Bella and Rosie).

Aracely De la Fuente Says:

2018-05-02T12:49:52

so I kinda love this ??
so my name is aracely , just been looking into names and Arabella caught my eye .
Too Cheesy ? 🤔

sofiaishere Says:

2018-04-25T20:02:57

It really doesn't look prettier. At all

BumbleBat89 Says:

2017-11-23T08:36:04

I just think of being called Airhead or being compared to Air Jordan's and people wondering what the heck the parents were thinking changing the spelling. As a teacher, I see some terrible alterations done to names, although this is very mild; and on the bright side, it would clear up how you wanted the name pronounced, as there are a few different ways to say it.

Αραβέλλα Σαλονικίδου Says:

2017-08-13T21:48:49

Hi, I am 49. Now you can see one :)

aurora Says:

2017-08-03T01:38:57

I agree. Just see Arab in that name

Carolinekalmes Says:

2017-07-17T11:37:57

I think this is a beautiful name but I feel like it's so on the rise and soon first grade classes will have a large population of arabella + isabella + aria+ arianna and this name won't feel as original and fresh as it does now.

Carolinekalmes Says:

2017-07-17T11:27:36

I've always read (never heard) the name and pronounced it like this. I just now realized it could be pronounced "AR-uh-bell-uh"

FantasyandPrayer Says:

2017-06-27T00:01:06

Am I the only one to pronounce this Ah-ra-bella? Love this but scared it's too close to my long time favourite Clarissa

ElenaCroatia Says:

2017-01-21T17:19:38

For some unknown reason, I can't stand this name... it just looks ugly to me, although I can definitely see why so many people like it

LaurenDH Says:

2017-01-02T19:26:26

I don't know why—I guess it's the first three letters—but this has always reminded me of spiders. (I actually don't consider this a bad thing at all; I love dark and creepy things!)

But, probably because of HP's Arabella Figg, the name sounds kind of old and dusty to me. Even though every other namesake I've seen has been a young girl/woman (I even added a young namesake myself.) I just can't shake the association. It's a pretty name, but it's not my style.

ladimon Says:

2017-01-02T18:27:29

I think this is beautiful, but I couldn't see a woman in her 30s or 40s with this name.

bmblanchot Says:

2016-12-21T21:01:32

I hate it when names I love become so popular :(

funnymonkey Says:

2016-12-06T21:50:22

My daughter is named Arabella! We pronounce it Air-uh-bel-uh.

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-11-24T19:04:11

Now I don't mind the name! I think it sounds regal, strong and feminine.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-10T23:37:40

Love this name xxx

Baîlęÿ Bêvåñ Says:

2016-11-05T03:58:08

My sweet girl is named Arabella. It's so breathy and beautiful. I pronounce it Ar-abella. So many compliments.....I was very surprised at the amount of positive feedback.

Jeff Schwartz Says:

2016-08-15T16:08:03

The Old English name "Arabella" means beautiful lion!!!!

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-07-31T07:49:06

All I think of is the snobby, disliked character in the old Enid Blyton 'Naughtiest Girl' novels I used to read when I was little. Now that is all I think of when I see the name. I prefer Arabelle, it looks less pretentious and snooty.

meaganegibson Says:

2016-07-09T00:45:54

I agree with you on having too many A sounds, that's why I personally like Arabelle better. They're both beautiful names!

snowsbeloved Says:

2016-07-05T07:23:35

Along with Bellamy, this is my favorite Bella name. I'm just afraid this name is about to explode into something very big. Probably safer to keep it on the prospective middle name list.

-EagleEyes- Says:

2016-06-05T17:15:48

Very pretty, but a little too girly for my liking. In general, I like "belle" and "bella" name, though.

FantasyandPrayer Says:

2016-06-05T15:53:57

So beautiful, and yet just clunky enough so as not to be sickeningly sweet :) it definitely pushes the borders of "too girly" for me but I reckon its still usable, although its not my absolute favourite

headintheclouds Says:

2016-06-02T00:05:32

Long feminine name that on one side, I can consider as fusty and fussy akin to grandmotherly lace doilies, and on another side, can also see its lush girly appeal, especially as a less popular alternative to the now-widespread Isabella. The Ara- part of the name makes me think of spiders, and I can see this name on a regal queen fantasy character hiding her cunning nature, controlling a network of spies in the shadows. (The groundwork for the next Game of Thrones hit, to be written by me! :b)

Netta5187 Says:

2016-04-09T01:42:09

Very princessy and fanciful! I

Yessica Says:

2016-03-22T01:41:06

Never met someone named this.
Love it!

KaidenC Says:

2016-02-27T18:28:14

This is such a pretty name!

Chantelle Adlington Says:

2016-02-20T23:04:53

If I ever have another girl I'd love to call her Arabella. It's such a classy, beautiful and lovely name. I think it would go well with my other daughter's name that is Violet.

EW314 Says:

2016-01-29T16:04:16

Gorgeous and classy. It does sound very posh though; I think I'd put it in the middle only.

Hailey Says:

2016-01-19T18:46:16

Arabella Figg, the Squib neighbor in Harry Potter. :-)

Feather Says:

2016-01-04T04:16:44

i generally hate alternative spellings, but in this case i much prefer yours. I want to like Arabella, i just can't stand it. I realize Airabella has the same pronunciation, and it still is not my favorite, but at least it looks prettier

AlexxisLynn Says:

2015-12-14T01:38:11

Beautiful! I know a Arabella as well as a Aradella.

Marcella Weiß Says:

2015-11-28T21:37:41

Love this name. It's my favorite of all the "-bella" ending names, and the name of a character in my book. :)

dae Says:

2015-11-22T03:54:05

OMG I LOVE THAT SONG.....

dae Says:

2015-11-22T03:51:30

I think Kalaya Airabella is cute together.

Reese1976 Says:

2015-10-10T19:48:36

Trying to find the perfect "A" name for our baby, if it's a daughter....and I think I found it! It's so beautiful and feminine.

mgrimes Says:

2015-07-26T02:53:23

I know of a girl (4-6 years old) who has long blond hair and is really sweet named Arabella. She has a sister (6-8 years old) named Juliana.

wavygirl Says:

2015-05-28T12:18:33

yes!

wavygirl Says:

2015-05-28T12:18:14

i like it with the short a rather than ARE- a-bella or Airabella.

wavygirl Says:

2015-05-28T12:16:59

yeah

wavygirl Says:

2015-05-28T12:16:38

I do like Isabella better

racheljean Says:

2015-05-25T02:48:31

I typically don't like the Bella names but this one is beautiful.

Ariana “虹” Anayat Says:

2015-05-17T04:56:03

I love this name! It definitely came back because of the Arctic Monkeys song hahaha.

Daiseymae Says:

2015-04-19T23:14:59

I used to watch "Nanny and the Professor" in the early 70s, and Nanny's car was named "Arabella". She pronounced it "Air-a-bella".

Daiseymae Says:

2015-04-19T23:13:08

I like this pronunciation the best.

summerrae Says:

2015-03-07T03:54:33

Will always think of the song...
"Arabella's got a 70's head
But she's a modern lover
It's an exploration, she's made of outer space
And her lips are like the galaxy's edge
And her kiss the colour of a constellation falling into place"

Essa Says:

2015-03-01T19:57:28

Yes! It really does. More of a creamy pasta though, Arabella is definity tomato based :P

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-03-01T18:43:17

Alfredo will always have a pasta sound to me.

Essa Says:

2015-03-01T17:23:52

Anyone else think this name sounds like an Italian pasta dish?

Essa Says:

2015-03-01T17:23:29

I would say a-ruh-bella like in ant, cat or apple. I'm really not a fan of the other pronunciations, they sound like they're trying too hard.

P.S. I'm British!

ElsavettaMonette Says:

2015-03-01T16:11:45

I love this name so much!! But it's too close to my own to use it ='(

Caroline Says:

2015-02-16T06:19:31

Arabella <3

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-02-08T06:20:44

Arabella by Arctic Monkeys added to my love of this name.

Caroline Says:

2015-02-08T05:58:10

Arabella <3

EleanorAll1 Says:

2015-01-31T03:34:48

That's funny. I say "aaa-pul" but "air-uh-bella." Saying it now, my throat does not like the "aaa" with the "r" sound.

Bobcat108 Says:

2015-01-28T15:27:51

I say "aaa-ruh-bel-la"...the first syllable is the same a as in apple & cat, at least w/my dialect region. Many people in upstate NY would say "air-rub-bel-la" because of how they pronounce the short a sound (it's not aaaaa-pul; it's ee-ah-pul, if that's understandable...the ee-ah are almost one syllable & rather nasally, at least to my ears).

Guest Says:

2015-01-27T13:27:14

I like Arabella now!! Hehehe!! :-)

MarieLalie Says:

2015-01-20T17:07:07

I've been in love with this name for years now. It's so pretty, classic and princessy! Love it!

Twinmommy Says:

2015-01-09T02:35:17

Beautiful & elegant.

Guest Says:

2014-12-05T07:40:36

I prefer Isabella <3

Guest Says:

2014-11-07T22:38:50

I don't think the "arab" part is a big issue. the name is just a combination of ara and bella.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-10-29T08:23:54

I say are-uh-bella.

Alicia1 Says:

2014-09-18T14:27:03

This is such a gorgeous name, I do prefer the change in spelling to Airbella or Airabelle. Best Bella name by far!

jojobabyberry Says:

2014-09-14T16:20:04

are-ah-bella

CharlotteLouise Says:

2014-09-03T09:02:10

I love this name, top contender if we have a baby girl. It is so pretty. feminine, classic and romantic.

Bea Says:

2014-08-22T02:22:24

Funny....my Arabella was born in 2005....wonder if we brought it back

strawberrydino Says:

2014-08-21T20:25:24

I like Arabella but I think I prefer Arabelle..

Shannon Says:

2014-08-16T07:24:06

I know someone who has just had a girl with this name. Spellled Airabella.

amf0224 Says:

2014-07-21T23:42:07

I love this name and either pronunciation but even though I'm from America, I always thought it was pronounced are-uh-bella. Either way, this is my favorite Bella name.

tori101 Says:

2014-07-20T09:27:54

Gorgeous, princess sounding name! Lovely, lovely choice

june7rose Says:

2014-07-20T06:23:24

Gorgeous old fashioned name.

mckaylalove Says:

2014-04-29T00:00:54

In America, the majority would pronounce it as air-uh, because of the way they pronounce their a's. In places like England, Australia and New Zealand, it would be are-ah, because of the way we pronounce our a's (similarly, in case that wasn't too clear haha :) ). Those four are the only accents I know enough about for sure to say.

Myosotis Says:

2014-04-28T23:46:26

I love Arabella, definitely the best -bella name! I say it with a short A like in apple, but it's beautiful with the are- sound. I'm not a fan of Air-uh-bella though, but I think most people here (UK) would use one of the other pronunciations.

SparkleNinja18 Says:

2014-04-28T21:23:33

Me too

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-04-28T20:26:53

Really, what's the difference? Just wondering

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-04-28T20:25:44

Probably the most beautiful of the Bella names. I pronounce the first syllable with the AR sound as in Carl. I do have two concerns.
1. Sounds repetitive. Too many A sounds.
2. First four letters spell out Arab
Otherwise I like it a lot.

imustremember Says:

2014-04-26T23:37:47

I think are-ah-bella. I'm not sure how you would spell it as air-uh-bella though.

CocoWhite Says:

2014-04-26T23:37:34

I've always pronounced it like "air-uh-bella"

scgogirl Says:

2014-04-26T23:17:38

when you see this do you think are- ah- bella or air-uh-bella