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Gender: female
Pronunciation: air-ah-bell-ah
Meaning: beautiful grace, answered prayer
Related Names: Annabella, Ara, Arabel, Arabela, Arabelle, Arbela, Arbell, Arbella, Arbelle, Bel, Bella, Belle, Mirabella, Orabel, Orabella, Orabelle, Orbel, Orbella, Orbelle

Length: 8 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: arabella Origin: Latin,, Meaning (no case): beautiful grace, answered prayer

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There are two possible origins for the name Arabella. It may be a variation of the name Annabella or Annabel, which is formed from the names Anna, a Hebrew name meaning "grace,"[1] and Bella, from the Latin for "beautiful."[1] In Scotland, Annabel was pronounced as Arabel, and eventually elaborated to Arabella.[1]

The other possible source for the name is the Latin word orabilis, which means "prayerful"[1] or "invokable."[1] Based on this source, one interpretation of the name is "answered prayer."[1]

Arabella was first used in Scotland during the Middle Ages.[1]


In the United States, Arabella had a brief stint of popularity in the late 19th century, but dropped off the top 1000 chart by 1893, not to reappear again until 2005, when it ranked at number 795. Popularity is slowly increasing; in 2007, Arabella ranked as the 648th most popular girl's name in the United States.[1]

In England, Arabella is a popular name,[1] but it has not been a top 100 name in recent years.[1] Arabella first became fashionable in England in the late 18th century.[1]

In Australia, Arabella is also a popular name. Popularity has greatly increased since the late 1990s, and in 2002, Arabella ranked as the 283rd most popular girl's name in Australia.[1]


  • The character Belinda from Alexander Pope's mock-epic poem The Rape of the Lock was based on a young woman named Arabella Fermor.[1]


  • Arabella: opera by Richard Strauss
  • Arbella: Puritan ship
  • Arabella: 1967 film
  • Arabella: novel by Georgette Heyer
  • Arabella: German talk show
  • Arabella, Highland, Scotland
  • 841 Arabella: asteroid


Author: Sarena Emily Levinson


Facts about ArabellaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 8  +
Meaning beautiful grace, answered prayer  +
Meaningnc beautiful grace, answered prayer  +
Name arabella  +
Origin Latin  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation air-ah-bell-ah  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Annabella  +, Ara  +, Arabel  +, Arabela  +, Arabelle  +, Arbela  +, Arbell  +, Arbella  +, Arbelle  +, Bel  +, Bella  +, Belle  +, Mirabella  +, Orabel  +, Orabella  +, Orabelle  +, Orbel  +, Orbella  +, and Orbelle  +
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