Meaning and name origin
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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Araminta.
Arabella is not a popular first name for females and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Arabella for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Arabella and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Bella (#70), Arabella (#174), Annabel (#448), Anabella (#530), Belle and Ara. (2014 statistics).