Pronunciation: \a-ra-bella, arab(el)-la\
Gender / Sex: girl
Related Names: Araminta
Variant forms: Ara, Arabel, Arabela, Arabelle, Arbela, Arbell, Arbella, Arbelle, Bel, Bella, Belle, Orabel, Orabella, Orabelle, Orbel, Orbella, Orbelle
Arabella \a-ra-bella, arab(el)-la\ as a girl's name is pronounced AIR-a-bell-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Arabella is "prayerful". From "orabilis". Also possibly a variant of Anabella (see Annabel). Popular in England, where it has an upper-class aura. A ship named the Arbella brought a group of Puritan English aristocrats to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630; many socially prominent Boston families are descended from this group.
Arabella has 17 variant forms: Ara, Arabel, Arabela, Arabelle, Arbela, Arbell, Arbella, Arbelle, Bel, Bella, Belle, Orabel, Orabella, Orabelle, Orbel, Orbella and Orbelle.
For more information, see also the related name Araminta.
View a list of the 3 names that reference Arabella.
Arabella is not a popular first name for women and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)