Meaning and Name Origin
Arabella \a-ra-bella, arab(el)-la\ as a girls' 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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Araminta.
Arabella is an unusual given name for females. Arabella is an uncommon surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Arabella for girls. Arabella reached its peak position of #174 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Arabella and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Arabella (#174 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are Anabel (#910 in 2014), Anabella (#530), Anabelle (#464), Annabel (#448), Annabell (#930), Annabella (#256), Annabelle (#57), Ara, Bella (#70) and Belle. These girl names are at the top of their popularity today, except for the forms Annabell, Ara and Belle which have become less fashionable. The most fashionable baby names among these are Anabella (#530), Annabel (#448), Annabella (#256), Annabelle (#57) and Arabella (#174), with Annabel and Annabelle enjoying a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)