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  1. #1
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    Aug 2012

    Opinions of Arabella?

    What do you berries think of Arabella? And one point (7 years ago) I loved it because I found it so rough and tumble, especially with the nickname Ari. Now I'm hearing it called frilly and its charm is fading.
    Possible combos are Arabella Roisin and Arabella Lucia.

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Arabella is stunning, but I'd definitely say its more princess than rough houser! Ari is charming. I like Arabella Roisin - Lucia is too much L.

    (I will just say I can't imagine sisters Blaire and Arabella, though!)
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  3. #5
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    May 2009
    I love Arabella. I think it feels feminine and strong at the same time. I don't really get the "overly frilly" thing. To me the "air" sound at the beginning grounds the whole name.

  4. #7
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    Nov 2012
    I'll always think of it as off-brand/knock-off Isabella, but now that you mention it, I could see it being rough-and-tumble rather than princessy. It has a bit of spunk to it. Nice and fiery! It's more likely that she'll get called "Bella", rather than Ari, if the baby Arabellas I know are any indication.

    Your combos are lovely. Arabella Roisin is more surprising, and I love it! Arabella Lucia sounds rather prima donna, but there's no denying it's beautiful and regal.

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  5. #9
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    Jan 2010
    When I first hear Arabella, I think of the Jackie Kennedy considering it for one of her children. It feels a little bit too trendy now with the -ella ending. I'm not sure I would pair it with Lucia especially with the double A endings. When it comes to middle names with it, I'd pair it with a one or two syllable middle name that ending with a consonant to balance things out. If you feel it's a bit too girly, consider a unisex middle name.
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