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Quick Facts on Arabella

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 210
Simple meaning:
Lovable, Susceptible to prayer

Characteristics of Arabella

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Arabella

What we are certain of is that Arabella originated in Scotland; what we don’t know is the precise source of that origin. Most etymological sources conclude that Arabella is an alteration of Annabella, from the medieval Amabel derived from the Latin “amabilis” meaning ‘lovable’. Others say it could be a mutation from the Latin word “orabilis” meaning ‘susceptible to prayer’ (from “orare” meaning ‘to pray’). The most notable Scottish bearer of this name was Lady Arabella Stuart (1575-1615) who was a possible successor to the English throne after Queen Elizabeth I of England. Arabella was the cousin of King James VI of Scotland and the great-great-granddaughter of King Henry VII of England. It would turn out that James became the successor king of both Scotland and England, but a plot was hatched (with the aid of Spain and apparently Sir Walter Raleigh) to replace him with Arabella. She, having no aspirations to the throne, promptly reported the plan to James. It seems that she was in-and-out of the king’s good graces from thereon despite her integrity. As 4th in line to the throne, her marriage selections were a subject of much controversy. Arabella and Lord Beauchamp (who happened to be 6th in line to the throne) secretly married but were separated by imprisonment. They attempted to escape and sail to France, but after Beauchamp’s delay, Arabella was forced to sail by herself. King James’s men intercepted her ship and she was placed in the notorious Tower of London where she died of starvation without seeing her beloved husband again. Poor Arabella was another casualty of the paranoid family in-fighting and obsessive political protection of the English monarchy. Can you imagine imprisoning and basically killing your cousin? This was just another typical medieval day among the English royals when the love of power outweighed familial bonds.

Popularity of the Name Arabella

Arabella is a name that’s been around in the United States since the late 19th century, although her usage was so sporadic and uncommon it was barely detectable on the charts. For all intents and purposes, Arabella is a name that was not used in America for the entire 20th century. Then suddenly – BOOM! She re-entered the charts in 2005. The most recent naming trends (especially for girls) favor flowery, four-syllable Latinate-sounding names. Arabella fits the bill. But this name is also interesting and rooted in Scottish history giving her a slight edge over the other “bella” names. The name is both wistful and poetic. It’s airy and sophisticated. It’s a great alternative if you’re a fan of Isabella (which is the #2 name in America so now too overused and common). Arabella is increasing in stature, but she’s never been a super popular name in America. Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, just named her daughter Arabella Rose in July 2011. It’s a little frilly, fancy and ultra-feminine, but there’s no denying its beauty and poetic quality. These “ella” names are all the rage. Isabella, Ella, Gabriella, Bella, Stella, Daniella and Annabella all have Arabella beat on the charts, but watch out for this ‘lovable’ beauty, she just may be the answer to your ‘prayers’!
Popularity of the Girl Name Arabella
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Arabella

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Arabella

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Arabella

    Arabella We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Arabella.

  • Popular Songs on Arabella

    Popular Songs on Arabella

    Arabella - is an opera by Richard Strauss

    Arabella - a song by The Blue Druids

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Arabella

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Arabella

    A Job for Arabella (Pat Nowak) - A Job for Arabella tells the story of Arabella, a rescued pound puppy. Arabella is chosen to become one of a select group of dogs those with the special job of helping people with disabilities. Young readers will follow Arabella as she grows from an inquisitive puppy to become a strong, dependable dog. With help on her journey from her first trainer, a high school student named Caroline, Arabella learns the skills needed to perform. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Arabella (Wendy Orr) - Matthew looked at the Arabella. She had tall slim masts and sails set to catch the wind, a polished wooden deck that shone like glass and a painted Lady carved on her bow. She perched on Grandpa's windowsill as if she was ready to fly - a small, perfect ship. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Arabella and Cheddar: A Little Story About a Mouse from A to Z (Clara Barrey Smith Poole) - This is an alphabet book that is about little adventure between a mouse and cat, all told in rhyme. Arabella is a clever mouse who encounters Cheddar, the house cat one evening as she is scouting for food. The book is filled with large, colorful drawings illustrating each alphabet letter and stanza in the poem. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Arabella and Mr. Crack: An Old English Tale (Dick Gackenbach) - Mr. Crack's new housekeeper quickly learns to use his idiosyncratic vocabulary. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar (Clare Jarrett) - Keeping watch over a caterpillar leads to amazing surprises in a bright, buoyant read-aloud inspired by a children’s verse. When Arabella Miller finds a tiny caterpillar, she brings him home and feeds him lots and lots of leaves. Soon the not-so-tiny caterpillar sheds his skin and disappears inside his chrysalis. Arabella misses her friend, but when he finally emerges, she is filled with wonder at the beautiful creature he has become. Clare Jarrett’s sweet story and vibrant illustrations weave details about a caterpillar’s transformation into this elaboration on the song "Little Arabella Miller." Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Arabella The Maple Tree (Rollande Calnan) - Kindle edition. Arabella The Maple Tree is a beautiful childrens bedtime story about a loving mother tree named Arabella and her new leaves. The story centers on Arabella and her littlest leaf, Michael. The story begins in the spring as Arabellas branches fill with news leaves. The story and its enchanting illustrations follow the pair through the seasons and to a new beginning for both. It is a lovely story that will be cherished by both parents and their children. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Indescribably Arabella (Jane Gilbert) - Arabella Anastasia wants to be famous. Will she be...a famous painter? A famous actress? A famous twirling, whirling ballerina? Or will she be famous in her own indescribable way? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Oscar and Arabella (Neal Layton) - Oscar was a woolly mammoth. And so was Arabella. Did anyone ever tell you that woolly mammoths weren't very smart? Don't believe them if they did! Oscar and Arabella were two woolly mammoths who had to think very fast to outwit the scary creature lurking in the cave. Quirky and imaginative—this is a startlingly distinctive picture book, wildly and wittily illustrated. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Oscar and Arabella and Ormsby (Neal Layton) - Oscar and Ormsby are woolly mammoths who don't always see tusk to tusk, and while two is company, with their friend Arabella, three most definitely makes a crowd. But when Arabella needs their help, Ormsby and Oscar must learn to work together. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Hope Chest of Arabella King (Linda Zwicker) - When Aunt Arabella's hope chest is finally opened after fifty years, the King family is dismayed to find only the tattered remnants of her trousseau. But Sara is not to be discouraged. Sure that something else, something important, is hidden in that chest, she enlists the aid of Aunt Olivia, the Avonlea Chronicle's newest reporter, to get to the bottom of this mystery. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Arabella

    Famous People Named Arabella

    Famous People Named Arabella - Lady Arabella Stuart (Scottish/English royalty)

  • Children of Famous People Named Arabella

    Children of Famous People Named Arabella

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Arabella - Ivanka Trump (businesswoman, daughter of Donald Trump)

Personality of the Girl Name Arabella

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Arabella

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