All About The Name Arabella

Arabella (Ar-ah-BELL-a) is a girl’s name of uncertain origin and meaning. The earliest known use of the name was the modern-day Jordanian city of Irbid, known in ancient times as Arabella or Arbela. The name first appeared in Scotland and England after the 1600s however, Orabella, Orabel, and Arabel were in use from the 13th century in Scotland. Arabella may come from Orabel, derived from Latin orabilis, meaning: ”to pray”. Other theories suggest that Arabella, like Annabel, is a Scottish equivalent of Amabel, from Latin amabilis (lovable).

Arabella was fairly popular in Georgian and Victorian Britain but declined in the late 1800s, seeing a resurgence again in the 1990s, reaching #95 in England in 2015. Notable bears include Arabella Mansfield (1846-1911), the first female to pass a United States bar examination.

Meaning: Unknown

Origin: Unknown

Gender: Girl

Current Popularity: #174 

Middle Name Possibilities: Rose


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